Ricoh GR III Digital Camera

Ricoh GR III Digital Camera

Ricoh GR III Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • GR Engine 6
  • 28mm f/2.8 Lens (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3-Axis Shake Reduction System
  • 3.0" 1.037m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080/60p Video Recording
  • Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi
  • Hybrid AF System, Macro Mode
  • 35mm and 50mm Focal Length Crop Modes
  • USB Type-C Port, 1x SD Card Slot
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Ricoh GR III Overview

  • 1Description

The long-awaited installment in the popular series of fast, compact cameras, the Ricoh GR III continues the legacy of being a pocketable powerhouse, offering impressive image quality, fast response, and immense portability. Featuring a redeveloped imaging feature-set, the GR III incorporates a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and GR Engine 6 to realize smooth tonality, rich color and high sensitivity from ISO 100-102400, along with the ability to produce high-resolution 14-bit DNG stills or Full HD video. Complementing the sensor design is an updated 28mm-equivalent prime lens, which features a bright f/2.8 design, to suit everyday shooting with a comfortably wide field of view. Additionally, a first for GR, a 3-axis Shake Reduction System compensates for the effects of camera shake to help render sharper handheld shots when working with slower shutter speeds.

Physically, the GR III looks familiarly compact, but incorporates a redesigned control scheme to promote a larger, more comfortable grip while maintaining easy access to physical controls. A 3.0" 1.037m-dot LCD is used for image composition, playback, and menu navigation, and its touchscreen design offers intuitive control along with Touch AF capabilities. Additionally, built-in Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi can be used to pair with a mobile device for quick, wireless transferring of files to your smartphone or tablet.

24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor and GR Engine 6
Featuring an updated design, a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor pairs with a new GR Engine 6 to produce high-resolution 14-bit DNG or JPEG stills with impressive tonality, natural color rendering, and high sensitivity from ISO 100-102400. In addition to full-resolution, wide-angle images, a pair of useful crop modes—35mm at 15MP and 50mm at 7MP—let you simulate the look of working with longer focal lengths.

In addition to stills shooting, the GR III is also capable of recording Full HD 1080 video at 60p, 30p, and 24p frame rates.
Prime Wide-Angle Lens
A fixed prime 18.3mm lens offers a comfortable 28mm equivalent wide-angle lens, which is complemented by a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions. The optical construction incorporates six elements in four groups, including two aspherical elements that help to reduce spherical aberrations and distortion for improved sharpness and accurate rendering. Two focusing modes also suit working with general subjects, from 3.9" to infinity, while a dedicated macro setting benefits working with close-up subjects within a 2.4-4.7" range. An internal two stop-effective (ND 0.6) filter is also available for either slowing the shutter speed or permitting working with a wider aperture setting, and the lens has a nine-blade diaphragm to contribute to a smooth bokeh quality. Additionally, the redeveloped lens design also results in greater contrast and measures 1.5mm thinner than previous GR/GR II digital cameras.
Shake Reduction System
Featured for the first time in a GR camera, a 3-axis Shake Reduction System helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake in order to promote sharper handheld shooting at slower shutter speeds. The Shake Reduction System has been optimized for use with the built-in 28mm-equivalent lens, which renders it smaller and more effective. Additionally, the SR unit also offers moiré reduction and dust removal capabilities.
Body Design
  • The hallmark feature of the GR-series has been its compact, pocketable size while still retaining a large image sensor and bright prime lens.
  • Integrated 3.0" 1.037m-dot LCD features a capacitive touchscreen design for intuitive, familiar operation during shooting, playback, and menu navigation.
  • The rear layout of the camera has been completely redesigned and prioritizes a larger, more comfortable thumb grip along with easily accessible physical dials. Additionally, the ADJ lever, FN button, and Touch AF operations can be programmed to handle specific assignable functions for more personalized control.
  • Start-up time has been reduced to 0.8 sec and Hybrid AF performance has been quickened for more seamless operation.
  • Integrated Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi afford wireless connectivity between the camera and a paired mobile device, and allows you to embed location info within your files as well as transfer files to your mobile device, even when the camera is turned off.
  • Included DB-110 rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers approximately 200 shots per charge.
  • USB Type-C port allows you to transfer files or recharge the battery in-camera.
UPC: 027075300187
In the Box
Ricoh GR III Digital Camera
  • DB-110 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (3.6V, 1350mAh)
  • I-USB166 USB Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • AC Plug
  • Hand Strap
  • GN-1 Ring Cap (Black)
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Ricoh GR III Specs

    Pixels 24.24 Megapixel
    Maximum Resolution 6000 x 4000
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2
    Sensor Type CMOS
    Sensor Size APS-C
    Image File Format DNG, JPEG
    Bit Depth 14-Bit
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift (3-Axis)
    Focal Length 18.3mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 28mm)
    Maximum Aperture f/2.8
    Minimum Aperture f/16
    Focus Range Normal
    3.94" to Infinity / 10 cm to Infinity
    2.36" to 4.72" / 6 cm to 12 cm
    Optical Design 6 Elements in 4 Groups
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 102400
    Shutter Speed 1/4000 to 30 Seconds 
    Bulb Mode 
    0.17 to 20 Minutes in Time Mode 
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Highlight, Multi, Spot
    Exposure Modes Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
    Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Auto, CTE, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (White), Manual, Multi Auto WB, Shade, Tungsten
    Interval Recording Yes
    Self Timer 2/10-Second Delay
    Recording Modes MOV/H.264
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/29.97p/59.94p 
    Recording Limit Up to 25 Minutes
    Video Encoding NTSC
    Audio Recording Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
    Viewfinder and Monitor
    Monitor Size 3"
    Monitor Resolution 1,037,000 Dot
    Monitor Type LCD
    Built-in Flash None
    Flash Modes Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Memory Card Slot 1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Internal Memory 2 GB
    Connectivity USB 3.0, USB Type-C
    Wireless Wi-Fi
    GPS None
    Battery 1 x DB-110 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 3.6 VDC, 1350 mAh (Approx. 200 Shots)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.3 x 2.4 x 1.3" / 109.4 x 61.9 x 33.2 mm
    Weight 9.07 oz / 257 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.395 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 5.55 x 3.95"

    Ricoh GR III Reviews

    GR III Digital Camera is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 31.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great but a couple problems Slightly Improved image quality over the GR II, the image stabilizer makes it noticably better for alone shutter speeds, and the touch screen is handy. RICOHS image sync app thats supposed to work with Bluetooth doesnt work with this cam, at least not on Android, which is a disappointment. And the lens ring fell off and was lost during the first few hours of use.... a problem I never had with the GR II. The missing flash, loss of dedicated exposure comp buttons, and loss of AE/F buttons make it less usable on the street, but maybe it just takes some getting used to. Still the best street cam, but just not that much better than GR II IMO.
    Date published: 2019-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Street Photographers Dream Due to a back injury, it is difficult for me to carry a full-size camera around all day. For years, I used a Leica M series film camera for street photography. I sought something similar with a lighter weight. The Ricoh GR III is what I chose.  I like its simplicity of set-up, the size of of its APS sensor, its fast lens and its overall ease of use. I wasn’t sure at first if I would like it. The shots I framed at a concert were very tiny and far away in the lens. But when I edited, that huge pixel count paid off. I was able to blow up a performer to dramatic proportions with little noise. It won me over fast. This camera is not for everyone. But for rangefinder fans who want a camera they can take everywhere, it is hard to beat.
    Date published: 2019-04-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely fits front jeans pocket I needed a camera which would have middle-level controls, yet fit in my pocket. This works! There are enough settings to have fun, not so many as to get overwhelmed. Have used them over the last 2 weeks - images on 27” computer screen look good and are +/- 13 megabytes which is plenty for an 11x14 print and allows cropping if you didn’t manage to fill the full frame. (No actual prints yet). Yes, it’s a pretty wide angle (28).   But it weighs nothing and can go anywhere unobtrusively. Only negative comment: My right thumb bumps EV switch. I’ll need to adjust this or adjust my thumb position. Overall a fun choice between a thin cell phone and a two-pound DSLR.
    Date published: 2019-04-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding street photography tool I have to say that I fallen in love with Ricoh GRD3 the first day I got it. Many peers from photography business recommend it to me before but for some reason I was no decided to go in that direction until one day when I said go for it. The camera is very well made that easily compares with the Leica X1 that I own as well. There is no loose part or lens wobbling which is quite evident in other small cameras I owned. I wanted the tool that allowed me to blend in the street shooting documentaries and the Fine Art project I was working on. This Ricoh is exactly what I was after very fast, extremely sharp 28mm lens, 350 shots battery life, decent personalization, fantastic light meter, easiness of exposure and apertures values access, universal DNG raw format that can easily be edited on older software without the need of upgrading, and most of all fully usable ISO range up to the top 1600 mark. The most interesting aspect is that the grain of the higher ISOs looks like analog, film which makes this camera even better to use in low light application. As of April 27th of 2011, I consider this camera the best street photography point and shoot tool that one can buy in any price range.
    Date published: 2011-04-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect ‘pocket’ street shooter I’m D800 shooter, and was looking for something small but thoughtful designed for street photography, and this hit that mark perfectly. The images are sharp with deep blacks and well controlled highlights. ISO performance is very good for its size, plus the vibration reduction is excellent which help shoot at low shutter speeds on lower ISO. It shoots 14bit RAW, and the f2.8 lens is excellent. Best feature of them all is the SNAP mode which allows you to set focus distance, like you would with SLR lenses. Works perfectly for those quick snaps without waiting for autofocus. This is a well thought out camera designed specifically the street shooter. And it works. I take mine everywhere i go. Go get one!
    Date published: 2019-04-08
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just one dealbreaker... This is a phenomenal camera. It’s the perfect size, the controls are great for one handed operation, and the image quality is fantastic. All of this, however, is useless if the camera can’t focus properly. This camera just refuses to focus in anything less than broad daylight. It’s pathetic. I have used numerous cameras over the years but never have I used one with such inferior autofocus abilities. I have a Sony RX1 which is about 7 years old, and is not particularly well known for its autofocusing abilities, that gets a focus lock in any kind of lighting whereas this camera that was released in 2019 struggles is even slightly dim light. Sure, you have snap focus which makes things a bit easier but that’s not the point. There is no excuse for it to be this bad. Even the manual focus is focus-by-wire so is painfully slow. It has “touch to focus” but that is not very good either. If you can somehow manage to look past this focusing problem and you somehow manage to get it to focus, you will be treated to an image that will blow your mind and would rival cameras systems quadruple its price.
    Date published: 2019-04-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent square format digital I purchased this camera because I wanted to shoot digital 1:1 (square) format...and this camera does not dissapoint! I love the fixed lens because it reminds me of shooting with my Rolei. By not messing around with a zoom lens, you really need to get to know the capabilities of your camera, which I think makes you a better photographer.
    Date published: 2011-05-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast and high quality These are only initial impressions, as Ive received my pre-order just the other day, but theres nothing left to be desired as far as I care. Its the first gr series camera that I have. It oozes high quality, ergonomically its just right for me, and the image quality is very competitive. Its uncanny how small it is and yet it gives at least as good image quality than my k3ii dslr. The lens looks very sharp from what Ive shot so far.
    Date published: 2019-03-22
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    Will the GR III fit the Ricoh GC-4A soft case ...

    Will the GR III fit the Ricoh GC-4A soft case made for the GR-IV? Both cameras are the same size, Case is still available on B&H.
    Asked by: Kenneth
    Tried with my GC-4A. Fits, but tripod socket is off center and doesn't screw in. The camera doesn't sit flat in the case. Can't say it's "compatible" unless you get rid of the socket.
    Answered by: Yue
    Date published: 2019-03-23

    Is the touchscreen glass or plastic?

    Is the touchscreen glass or plastic?
    Asked by: Jesper
    Quoting from Imaging Resource review of GR iii "...It still has a 3.0-inch diagonal, but now has a wider 3:2 aspect ratio and a capacitive touch-screen overlay on the tempered cover glass which allows it to double as an input device. " So it does seem to have tempered glass screen cover. Full review can be found here ""
    Answered by: Shardul
    Date published: 2019-03-17

    Where is it made?

    Where is it made?
    Asked by: David
    According to the information in our system, the camera is manufactured in Vietnam. Please be aware this can change by the manufacturer over the product's production life without notice.
    Answered by: Manzell
    Date published: 2019-04-09

    Has anyone successfully connect the GR3 to their ...

    Has anyone successfully connect the GR3 to their iPhone via BlueTooth?
    Asked by: Stone
    We find no issues regarding the Ricoh app not working with and iPhone.
    Answered by: Dennis A
    Date published: 2019-06-13

    Can the control dial and buttons be disabled?

    Can the control dial and buttons be disabled?
    Asked by: Colin
    There is not a lock setting for the control wheel. There is one for the Mode wheel.
    Answered by: Reuben
    Date published: 2019-06-16

    Has an update been released to fix WiFi and ...

    Has an update been released to fix WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity issues?
    Asked by: David
    Unfortunately, the firmware revision history on Ricoh's website for the Ricoh GR III Digital Camera does not show any of the firmware updates listing an update to the camera's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Connectivity performance.
    Answered by: Manzell
    Date published: 2019-04-09

    What is the fastest minimum shutter speed you can ...

    What is the fastest minimum shutter speed you can set in auto iso, and can auto iso be used in Av mode?
    Asked by: Robert
    With this yet to be released camera, we are of the opinion that if there is an auto ISO it will work at any shutter speed and any mode including Av.
    Answered by: Dennis A
    Date published: 2019-03-27


    Asked by: Dave
    No charger. Get something compatible with Olympus LI90B/LI92B, which are cheaper.
    Answered by: Yue
    Date published: 2019-03-23
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