Here’s a rundown of the various video modes available on the VIRB Ultra 30.
The framerates available depend on which video mode you’re in. The fastest framerate of 300fps is available in the smallest resolution of 480p. At the largest resolution, 4K, the maximum framerate is 30fps.
Which framerates are available will depend on whether you’ve set it to NTSC or PAL mode. For instance, the 50fps and 25fps options are only available in PAL mode.
|Resolution||Framerate (FPS)||Field of View (FOV)||Format|
|4K Expansive (Wide)||24||Wide||NTSC|
|2.7K||60||Wide, 1.5x Zoom||NTSC|
|50||Wide, 1.5x Zoom||NTSC|
|48||Wide, 1.5x Zoom||NTSC|
|30||Wide, 1.5x Zoom||NTSC|
|25||Wide, 1.5x Zoom||PAL|
|24||Wide, 1.5x Zoom||NTSC|
|2.7K Expansive (Wide)||30||Wide||NTSC|
|2.7K Expansive (Tall)||30||Wide||NTSC|
|1080p||120||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC|
|100||Wide, 2x Ultra-Zoom||PAL|
|96||Wide, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC|
|90||Wide, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC|
|75||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||PAL|
|72||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC|
|60||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC|
|50||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||PAL|
|48||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC|
|30||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC|
|25||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||PAL|
|24||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC|
|1080p Expansive (Wide)||80||Wide||NTSC|
|720p||240||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC|
Video Sizes & Resolutions
The largest video resolution that the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 can shoot is 4K. Often referred to as UHD, of Ultra-High Definition. It is also less commonly referred to as 2160p. It measures 3840 x 2160 and is an aspect ratio of 16:9.
The smallest video resolution is 480p, which measures 848×480.
There are also two enhanced, or “expansive,” modes. The Expansive (Wide) mode uses the same dimensions at an aspect ratio of 16:9 but restores some of the wide-angle fisheye distortion to cram a wider view into the frame. The Expansive (Tall) mode switches the aspect ratio to 4:3 by adding more resolution vertically but keeping the horizontal dimensions the same.
Here’s a visualization of how those sizes compare relative to each other. You can click on the graphic to open a full-size 1:1 version.
Fields of View
The VIRB Ultra 30 has three fields of view. The Wide field of view is standard for all video modes. Some video modes also include a Zoom (1.5x) or Ultra-Zoom (2x) FOV. See the table below for which specific fields of view are available in which modes.
Video Modes of the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Master List
Here’s a master list of all the video modes available on the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30.
|Resolution||Framerate (FPS)||Field of View (FOV)||Format||Aspect Ratio||Dimensions|
|4K Expansive (Wide)||24||Wide||NTSC||16:9||3840x2160|
|2.7K||60||Wide, 1.5x Zoom||NTSC||16:9||2704x1524|
|50||Wide, 1.5x Zoom||NTSC||16:9||2704x1524|
|48||Wide, 1.5x Zoom||NTSC||16:9||2704x1524|
|30||Wide, 1.5x Zoom||NTSC||16:9||2704x1524|
|25||Wide, 1.5x Zoom||PAL||16:9||2704x1524|
|24||Wide, 1.5x Zoom||NTSC||16:9||2704x1524|
|2.7K Expansive (Wide)||30||Wide||NTSC||16:9||2704x1524|
|2.7K Expansive (Tall)||30||Wide||NTSC||4:3||2704x2028|
|1080p||120||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC||16:9||1920x1080|
|100||Wide, 2x Ultra-Zoom||PAL||16:9||1920x1080|
|96||Wide, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC||16:9||1920x1080|
|90||Wide, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC||16:9||1920x1080|
|75||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||PAL||16:9||1920x1080|
|72||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC||16:9||1920x1080|
|60||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC||16:9||1920x1080|
|50||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||PAL||16:9||1920x1080|
|48||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC||16:9||1920x1080|
|30||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC||16:9||1920x1080|
|25||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||PAL||16:9||1920x1080|
|24||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC||16:9||1920x1080|
|1080p Expansive (Wide)||80||Wide||NTSC||16:9||1920x1080|
|720p||240||Wide, 1.5x Zoom, 2x Ultra-Zoom||NTSC||16:9||1280x720|
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Ricoh GR III Accessories & Replacement Parts
Here are the model numbers of some of the core accessories and replacement parts for the Ricoh GR III.
- Ring Cap: GN-1
The ring cap is the small plastic ring that attaches around the lens. Chances are, it's fallen off. While you do have to remove it to attach the lens adapter, it's a poor design that tends to fall off and get lost far too often. I've lost a couple of them now.
The camera will work just fine without it. But that will leave some contacts exposed around the lens barrel, which isn't ideal.
The official replacement part is overpriced. But you can also pick up much less expensive aftermarket versions. They're also available in different colors, so you can bling up your camera with a personal touch--or make it look like the Street Edition.
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- 【Easy to use & Protector】:Easy installation and removal and Protects lens barrel exterior.
The GR III has a USB Type-C connector port. When you get a cable, you can get them with another USB Type-C connector on the other end or a more traditional USB Type-A connector. Which you choose depends entirely on what you're plugging into. For example, some newer laptops only have USB-C, while most other computers have USB-A.
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Battery & Charger
- Battery: DB-110
It's a rechargeable lithium-ion battery rated at 3.6V 1350mAh 4.9Wh.
There are some other cameras that also use the same battery--notably, some Olympus cameras (the Olympus model number for the same battery is LI-90B). So they're quite widely available. You can get the official Ricoh version. There are also aftermarket versions that can be much better value but work just as well.
- This Wasabi Power kit includes 2 batteries and 1 charger for the Ricoh DB-110
- Each Wasabi Power battery features Premium Grade A cells, 3.7V, 1300mAh
- Charger: BJ-11
You can charge the battery in the camera (using a USB-C cable). There are also external battery chargers available. They're especially useful if you're using spare batteries, so you can charge and shoot simultaneously.
- AC Adapter: K-AC166
This is used to power the camera for longer shoots, such as time-lapse, or if you happen to be using the camera for live streaming as a webcam. It connects via the camera's USB-C port.
Wide-Angle Conversion Lens
- Wide-Angle Lens: GW-4
- Lens Adapter: GA-1
- Wired Shutter Release: CA-3
- Easy to operate, Half-press to focus, Full-press to shoot
- Fits macro photography well, eliminates camera shake
- Standard External Viewfinder: GV-1
- Mini External Viewfinder: GB-2
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- Soft Case: GC-9
- Neck Strap: GS-3
- Hand Strap: GS-2
Ricoh has produced a wide-angle conversion lens that takes the standard 28mm view down to a 21mm (in 35mm equivalent). While it does add some extra bulk to an otherwise small camera, it works well and adds a more dramatic, wider view. I have an [in-depth review of it separately](https://havecamerawilltravel.com/photographer/ricoh-gw-4-wide-angle-conversion-lens/).
Something to be aware of, though, is that you will also need to pick up the lens adapter separately. For reasons I really don't understand, the wide-angle conversion lens doesn't come with the adapter, and both are required to make it work. So make sure you pick up one of those at the same time.
Remote Shutter Releases
This is the official Ricoh remote shutter. It connects to the camera via a USB cable, and it's a simple shutter release (i.e., there's no timer or intervalometer).
You can also find aftermarket shutter releases for the GR III.
The Ricoh GR III doesn't have a built-in viewfinder. But they make two versions of an external viewfinder that slides into the camera's hot shoe. It covers both the standard 28mm view as well as the 21mm view if you're using the wide-angle conversion lens. There's also a mini viewfinder; that model seems to be hard to find.
The back screen of the GR III is quite exposed, and if you lie the camera on its back, the screen comes in contact with the surface. Even if you're putting the camera in your pocket, there's a risk of keys or coins scratching the screen.
There's no official screen protector, but there are good aftermarket versions. The one I use is this one. It's essentially a consumable that protects the screen. If you scratch the protector, you can quickly and easily replace it with another from the pack.
You can, of course, use the GR III with just about any camera case or bag. But Ricoh does make a dedicated soft-case that fits snugly around the camera and offers some protection even if you're toting the camera around in your pocket. I've been using one for a couple of years, and it's held up very well, and it keeps my camera safer from bumps and scratches.
Again, there's no particular reason you have to use the official GR neck strap, but there is one. The main part is leather, and it even has a discreet, embossed "GR".
If you do use a different strap, be aware that the strap loops on the camera are very small and won't take thicker (i.e., stronger) attachment loops. So you might need to use some D-rings as well.
There's even an official "GR" leather hand strap! But, again, aside from the branding, there's no special reason to use the official strap. If you do use a different one, you might need D-rings if the thread doesn't go through the camera's small attachment loops.
The GR III doesn't have a built-in flash. It supports the Pentax P-TTL flash protocol.Pentax External Flashes: