Ricoh GR III Default Settings

If you’ve changed the settings on your Ricoh GR III and can’t remember what you’ve changed, this master list of default settings on the Ricoh GR III can help with changing individual settings back to their defaults.

Ricoh GR III Default Menu Settings Screenshot
Text & Photos By David Coleman
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Like most cameras, the Ricoh GR III has a function to reset the settings back to their original values. So, if you can just reset all the settings, why am I bothering to post this here?

It’s because resetting all the settings is basically a nuclear option. But I often want to roll back specific settings or see what’s changed.

I’ve often fiddled with settings while shooting and then forgotten what I’ve changed. And if something’s not coming out as expected, it can be frustrating to troubleshoot as the light changes or the subject moves away. Especially when you’re moving between different cameras, as many of us are. Added to that: the GR III’s menu system isn’t particularly intuitive. Some settings have explanations; most don’t. And sometimes the abbreviations can be pretty unclear.

It is possible to find this information in the manual if you know what to look for, but I find the layout below much simpler and easier to use than searching through the PDF or hard-copy manual. 1 Hopefully, someone else might find it helpful too.

So I often find it useful to have a master reference of a camera’s default settings to be able to change individual settings back to their defaults when necessary to troubleshoot.

Resetting the Settings on the Ricoh GR III

First, though, it’s worth mentioning that the GR III does have an unusually useful reset function. And if you’re looking to restore multiple setting values to their defaults, it might make the most sense and ultimately end up a quicker way to do it.

One of the many things I like about the GR III is that it has a thoughtful approach to resetting the settings. On most cameras, you can reset everything or even restore it back to the factory state. Those are nuclear options, and they mean starting from scratch if you want to set your camera up again. The GR III, though, has a more granular approach where you can pick and choose which categories of grouped settings to reset. I wish more cameras approached it this way.

I have more details on this separately in a post on how to reset the Ricoh GR III, but the short version is that you can find this option at the very end of the Setup section of the menu (the wrench/spanner icon) under:

Setup  > [11] Setup > Reset

Ricoh GR III Default Setting Values

Below are the default settings. I’ve based this on firmware Ver. 1.81. If you’re using different firmware, some of these might vary slightly; Ricoh does sometimes tweak them when they refine or add new features. (If Ricoh releases new firmware for the GR III, I’ll aim to update below as necessary.)

I’ve retained the same ordering and organization as the on-camera menu system to make things simpler.

Each default setting is marked in bold.

Still Image Settings

[1] Focus Settings

FocusAuto-area AF
Auto-area AF (Center)
Select AF
Pinpoint AF
Tracking AF
Continuous AF
MF
Snap
Face / Eye DetectionOn
Use only in Auto-area AF
Off
AF Assist LightOn
Off
Snap Focus Distance0.3m
1m
1.5m
2m
2.5m
3.5m
5m
Full Press SnapOn
Off
Focus PeakingHighlight Edge
Extract Edge
Off
AF.C SettingFocus-priority
FPS-priority
MF Auto MagnificationOn
Off

[2] Exposure Settings

Exposure Mode[This is only available when using shooting modes U1, U2, or U3. Otherwise, change with top dial.]
AE MeteringMulti-segment
Center-weighted
Spot
Highlight-weighted
ISO SettingISO SettingAuto
[selections 100 to 102400]
ISO Auto Upper Limit6400
[selections 125 to 102400]
ISO Auto Lower Limit100
[selections 100 to 20000]
Minimum Shutter Speed1/30
[selections 1/1000 to 1″]
Flash ModeFlash ModeFlash On
Flash On+Red-eye
Slow-speed Sync
Slow-Sync+Red-eye
Flash Exposure Comp.0.0
[elections +1 to -2 stops]
Program LineNormal
Max Aperture Priority
DOF Priority (Deep)
ND FilterND Auto
On
Off
Auto EV CompensationOn
Off
Link AE and AF PointOn
Off

[3] White Balance Settings

White BalanceAuto White Balance
Multi Auto White Balance
Daylight
Shade
Cloudy
Fl. – Daylight Color
Fl. – Daylight White
Fl. – Cool White
Fl. – Warm White
Tungsten
CTE
Manual White Balance
Color Temperature
WB Fine-TuningOn
Off
AWB in Tungsten LightHigh
Low

[4] Shooting Settings

Still/MovieStill Image
Movie
Snap Distance PriorityOn
Off
Macro ModeOn
Off
Drive ModeDrive ModeSingle Frame Shooting
Continuous Shooting
Bracketing
Multi-exposure
Interval Shooting
Interval Composite
Self TimerOff
2sec.
10sec.
AA Filter SimulatorHigh
Low
Off

[5] Image Capture Settings

File FormatJPEG
RAW
RAW+JPEG
Aspect Ratio3:2
1:1
Crop35mm
50mm
Off
JPEG Recorded PixelsL 6000 x 4000
M 4800 x 3200
S 3360 x 2240
XS 1920×1280
Color SpacesRGB
Adobe RGB

[6] Image Process Settings

Image ControlStandard
Vivid
Monotone
Soft Monotone
Hard Monotone
Hi-Contrast B&W
Negative Film
Positive Film
Bleach Bypass
Retro
HDR Tone
Cross Processing
Custom 1
Custom 2
Peripheral Illumin. Corr.On
Off
D-Range CorrectionHighlight CorrectionAuto
On
Off
Shadow CorrectionAuto
Low
Medium
High
Off
Noise ReductionSlow Shutter Speed NRAuto
On
Off
High-ISO Noise ReductionAuto
Low
Medium
High
Custom
Off
Custom Options[all sliders set to 2 bars]

[7] Shooting Assist

Shake ReductionOn
Off
Auto SR OffEnable Auto SR Off
Disable Auto SR Off
Horizon CorrectionOn
Off

Movie Settings

[1] Focus Settings

FocusAF
MF
Snap
Snap Focus Distance0.3m
1m
1.5m
2m
2.5m
3.5m
5m
Focus PeakingHighlight Edge
Extract Edge
Off
MF Auto MagnificationOn
Off

[2] Exposure Settings

AE MeteringMulti-segment
Center-weighted
Spot
Highlight-weighted
ND FilterOn
Off

[3] White Balance Settings

White BalanceAuto White Balance
Daylight
Shade
Cloudy
Fl. – Daylight Color
Fl. – Daylight White
Fl. – Cool White
Fl. – Warm White
Tungsten
CTE
Manual White Balance
Color Temperature
WB Fine-TuningOn
Off
AWB in Tungsten LightHigh
Low

[4] Shooting Settings

Still/MovieStill Image
Movie
Macro ModeOn
Off

[5] Movie Capture Settings

Framerate60p
30p
24p
Sound RecordingOn
Off

[6] Image Process Settings

Image ControlStandard
Vivid
Monotone
Soft Monotone
Hard Monotone
Hi-Contrast B&W
Negative Film
Positive Film
Bleach Bypass
Retro
HDR Tone
Cross Processing
Custom 1
Custom 2
Peripheral Illumin. Corr.On
Off
D-Range CorrectionHighlight CorrectionAuto
On
Off

[7] Shooting Assist

Movie SROn
Off

Playback Settings

Many of these are functions rather than settings.

[1] File Management

Delete[function]
Protect[function]
Image Rotation[function]
Image Copy[function]
File Transfer[function]

[2] Image Edit

RAW Development[function]
Resize[function]
Cropping[function]
Levels Adjustment[function]
WB Adjustment[function]
Color Moiré Correction[function]
Base Parameter Adj[function]
Movie Edit[function]

[3] Playback Settings

Auto Image RotationOn
Off
Playback Order OptionsFile No.
Shooting Date/Time
Playback Sound Volume10
(selection from 0 to 20)

Customize Settings

[1] User Mode

Save Settings[function]
Rename[function]
Recall[function]
Delete Settings[function]

[2] Customize Controls

M Mode Dial SettingCustom1
Custom2
ADJ Mode SettingSetting1Drive
Self-Timer
Image Control
One Push AE in M Mode
Touch AF
Outdoor View Setting
Off
Focus
Snap Focus Distance
File Format
Aspect Ratio
Crop
JPEG Recorded Pixels
AE Metering
ISO Setting
Flash Mode
Flash Exposure Comp.
Snap Distance Priority
Seting2Focus
[selection from same list as above]
Setting3AE Metering
[selection from same list as above]
Setting4File Format
[selection from same list as above]
Setting5Outdoor View Setting
[selection from same list as above]
Fn Button SettingFn ButtonEnable AF
AF+AE Lock
AE Lock
Face/Eye Detection
Snap Focus Distance
File Format
JPEG –> RAW
JPEG –> RAW+
Aspect Ratio
Crop
JPEG Recorded Pixels
Framerate
Still/Movie
AE Metering
ISO Setting
Flash Mode
Flash Exposure Comp.
ND Filter
Snap Distance Priority
Drive Mode
Drive
Continuous Shooting
Self-Timer
Image Control
Shake Reduction
One Push AE in M Mode
4-way Controller Action
Touch AF
Outdoor View Setting
Off
Focus
Set MF
Set Snap
Set Tracking AF
ISO ButtonISO
[selection from same list as above]
Drive ButtonDrive Mode
[selection from same list as above]
Movie/Wireless ButonStill/Movie
[selection from same list as above]
Hold Movie/Wireless ButtonWireless LAN Setting
[selection from same list as above]
Focus SettingsSame as Shutter Button
Keep AE LockOn
Off
One Push AE in M ModeProgram AE
Aperture Priority AE
Shutter Priority AE
Shutter Button SettingAF+AE Lock
AE Lock
Enable AF
4-way ControllerDirect Key Priority
AF Point change Priority
Shutter Btn. ConfirmationOn
Off
LCD Touch OperationOn
Off
Touch AFAF Point
AF Point+Focus
AF Point+Focus+Shoot
Full Press Snap
Off
Memory[all check boxes checked]

[3] Display Customization

Shooting Info. Display[see screenshot below]
Playback Info. Display[see screenshot below]
Instant ReviewDisplay Time0.5sec.
1sec.
2sec.
3sec.
Hold
Off
Zoom ReviewOn
Off
DeleteOn
Off
Quick Zoomx4
x8
x16
100%
Focus MagnificationOn
Off
Grid Style3×3 Grid
4×4 Grid
Electronic Level TypeLevel+Tilt
Level
Electronic Level DesignType1
Type2
Type3
Flicker Reduction50Hz
60Hz
Ricoh GR III Default Settings Screenshot - Shooting Info. Display
Ricoh GR III Default Settings Screenshot - Playback Info. Display

Setup

[1] File Setting

Some of these are functions rather than settings.

FormatMemory Card
Internal Memory
[function]
Create New Folder[function]
Folder NameFolder NameDate
Optional
Enter TextRICOH
File NameGR
Sequential NumberingFolder & File
File
Off
Reset Numbering[function]
Copyright InformationEmbed Copyright DataOn
Off
Copyright Holder[user input]

[2] Display Settings

Store Cursor PositionOn
Off
Guide DisplayOn
Off
Animation SettingOn
Off
End ScreenType1
Type2

[3] LCD Setting

LCD Setting[all sliders centered]
Outdoor View Setting[neutral]

[4] Indicator Lamps

Power Button LampOn
Off
Count DownOn
Off

[5] Sound Effect Setting

Sound EffectsAll
Shutter Sound Only
Volume2
[selection from 0 to 3]

[6] Wireless Connection

Bluetooth SettingAction ModeOn anytime
On when power is on
Disable
Pairing[functions & info]
Communication Info.[informational]
Wireless LAN SettingAction ModeOn
Off
Communication Info.[informational]
Smartphone LinkStore Location Info.On
Off
Auto Image TransferOn
Off
Transfer File FormatJPEG
RAW
Movie
Auto ResizeOn
Off
Image Transfer while OffOn
Off

[7] Power Supply Settings

Auto Power Off1min.
3min.
5min.
10min.
30min.
Off
Sleep Mode1min.
3min.
5min.
10min.
30min.
Off
LCD Auto DimOn
Off

[8] About This Device

These are informational rather than settings.

Firmware Info/Options[informational]
Certification Marks[informational]

[9] Sensor Maintenance

Pixel Mapping[function]
Dust RemovalStartup ActionOn
Off
Shutdown ActionOn
Off

[10] Language/Date Setting

Language[varies by location]
Date Adjustment[user input]

[11] Reset

Reset[function]

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.

Lens Ring Cap

The lens ring cap is the small plastic ring that attaches around the lens port. To the extent it’s a functional part of the camera, it’s mostly there to protect against grit getting into the attachment thread around the lens port. But it’s also largely decorative. Chances are, it’s fallen off. While you do have to remove it to attach the lens adapter for using filters or the wide-angle conversion lens, 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 if you want to get the genuine replacement part, it’s model GN-1. 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.

Haoge Metal Lens Ring Cap for Ricoh GR III
  • Designed for the Ricoh GR III
  • Available in a variety of colors
  • Replaces Ricoh part number GN-1

USB Cable

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.

Not all USB-C cables support data transfer, though. That’s often something you’ll run into with USB-C cables designed for fast charging. So it’s worth checking the product description and specs first. 

NIMASO USB-C to USB-C Cable
  • Data Transfer
  • Video Output
  • Charging

Battery & Charger

The Ricoh GR III takes battery model 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.

Wasabi Power Battery & Battery Charger for Ricoh GR III
  • COMPATIBILITY – Works with these popular Ricoh cameras that use DB110 batteries: Ricoh GR III, Ricoh GR…
  • BATTERY & CHARGER SPECS – Premium Grade-A cells rated at 3.7V, 1300mAh for longer run-time and battery…

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.

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

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.

Something to be aware of, though, is that you will also need to pick up the GA-1 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.

Ricoh GW-4 Wide Conversion Lens
  • For GR III Digital Camera
  • Provides 21mm Equivalent Focal Length
  • Magnification: 0.75x
  • Requires GA-1 Adapter for Use (not included)
Ricoh GA-1 Adapter
  • Required for GW-4 Wide Conversion Lens

Remote Shutter Releases

  • Wired Shutter Release: CA-3

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.

JJC Camera Shutter Release Cable Remote Control for Ricoh GR IIIx GR III GR…
  • Easy to operate, Half-press to focus, Full-press to shoot
  • Fits macro photography well, eliminates camera shake

External Viewfinders

  • Standard External Viewfinder: GV-1
  • Mini External Viewfinder: GB-2

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.

Screen Protector

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.

ULBTER GR III Screen Protector for Ricoh GR III Digital Camera, 0.3mm 9H…
  • ✪LCD Screen Protector perfectly fit for Ricoh GR 3 DSLR Camera . Not for other model. Easy to install…
  • ✪9H Hardness – Longer tempering time, which made the screen protector has a higher hardness. Prevents…

Carrying & Protection

  • Soft Case: GC-11 (replaces the GC-9)

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.

RICOH Leather Soft case GC-11 [Compatible Models: GR III, GR IIIx]…
  • [Compatible models] RICOH GR III, RICOH GR IIIx
  • [Feature 1] A high-grade genuine leather soft case with solid protection.

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.

External Flash

Unlike some of its predecessors, the GR III doesn’t have a built-in flash. It supports the Pentax P-TTL flash protocol.

Pentax External Flashes:

Ricoh GR III Manual

You can find it here

Something to be aware of is that if you do a web search for the manual, you’ll often end up at the manual for the Ricoh Digital III manual, which is a different, and older, camera. 

  1. The default settings are indicated by underlined values in the Menu List section of the instruction manual. I wish I had noticed that before I manually transcribed the settings from the camera. :) It’s not as clear and obvious as it could be, and hopefully the layout above is more useful as a quick reference.[]

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