Ricoh has released the latest camera in its GR range of high-end compact cameras, the Ricoh GR III. For good reason, the Ricoh GR series has long had a cult following going back to its film versions.
Overall, the GR III is a bigger upgrade over the GR II than the GR II was over the GR.
It’s slightly smaller, has better image quality and expanded capabilities, and has simplified controls with the addition of a touch screen. But it still stays true to most of the things about the GR range that have made it such a popular choice for street photographers and as incognito cameras for travel photographers.
I’ve been shooting with it since was released, and I’ve been very impressed in most respects. In one important aspect, however, it has fallen short—focusing in low light.
Ricoh has recently issued a firmware update to address that, and so far it’s working better for me. So if you’re still using the original firmware, make sure to update to at least V1.10 (you can find it here).
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I’m posting these photos here in case they’re useful to anyone wanting to get a look at some high-resolution photos that have been taken with the GR III under real-world shooting conditions. I’ve tried to include a range of different types of scenes, with different exposure settings, and with an emphasis on challenging lighting conditions. This is a camera I expect to be shooting with a lot, so I’ll try to add some more shots from time to time.
All of these photos were originally shot in RAW and have been only lightly processed in Lightroom. I haven’t applied any of the optical corrections such as chromatic aberration, vignetting, or barrel distortion.
You can click on each image to open a larger version for a closer look, and I’ve included the exposure information in the caption below each photo.
Price & Availability of the Ricoh GR III
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Can the Ricoh GR III shoot RAW files and what is the bit depth?
Yes, the Ricoh GR III can shoot RAW files, offering a 14-bit depth for a higher dynamic range and better color reproduction.
Is the Ricoh GR III suitable for landscape photography and do megapixels matter?
Yes, the Ricoh GR III is suitable for landscape photography with its 24MP APS-C sensor providing sufficient resolution for capturing detailed images. While more megapixels can offer additional detail, 24MP is generally enough for most landscape photography needs.
What is the battery life of the Ricoh GR III, and can it be charged via USB-C?
The Ricoh GR III has a battery life of approximately 200 shots per charge (depending on settings and conditions). It can be charged via a USB-C connection.
What is the difference between the Ricoh GR III and GR IIIx in terms of photo quality and focal length?
The main difference between the GR III and GR IIIx is the focal length. The GR III has a 28mm equivalent lens, while the GR IIIx has a 40mm equivalent lens. This difference in focal length may affect the image quality slightly, but both cameras have similar overall performance and image quality.
Is the Ricoh GR III weather-sealed?
The Ricoh GR III is not fully weather-sealed, but it has some dust and moisture resistance as a closed, fixed-lens camera. Retracting the lens when powered off offers an extra layer of protection to the lens.
Does the Ricoh GR III have a built-in flash?
No, the Ricoh GR III does not have on-camera flash built in, but it does include a flash hot shoe that can be used for compatible flashes/speedlights or transmitters.
What is the 35mm equivalent of the Ricoh GR III and GR IIIx lenses?
The Ricoh GR III features a fixed lens with a 28mm equivalent focal length, while the GR IIIx has a 40mm equivalent focal length.
Does the Ricoh GR III have a leaf shutter?
Yes, the Ricoh GR III has a leaf shutter, which enables quieter operation and high-speed flash sync.
Does the Ricoh GR III have film simulation modes?
The Ricoh GR III has only basic film emulation modes; they’re not as detailed or specific as those found on Fujifilm X-series cameras. Under the Image control section, you can find various filters mimicing the looks of negative film, positive film vivid, bleach bypass, HDR tone, cross processing, Retro, and black and white. There’s also the option to create custom filters.
These processing filters apply only to JPGs generated in the camera (and JPG previews embedded in RAW files), but not to the underlying data of RAW files.
What type of camera is the Ricoh GR III, and is it a mirrorless camera?
The Ricoh GR III is a compact, fixed-lens digital camera with an APS-C sensor. It does not fall into the category usually understood as a mirrorless camera, as it does not have interchangeable lenses or an electronic viewfinder.
What year did the Ricoh GR III and GR IIIx come out?
The Ricoh GR III was released in early 2019, while the Ricoh GR IIIx was released in 2021.
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