Ricoh Announce GR III High-End 24 Megapixel Camera

Written by Gina Stephens

Ricoh father announced the GR III advanced compact, featuring a more compact body than its predecessors and a newly designed lens. 

The camera has a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor on lodge as well as a new wide-angle 18.3mm f/2.8 GR lens, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm terms. Ricoh say it will capture the sharpest, clearest images in GR history. 

The GR III is the gold medal update to the GR range since 2015 when the GR II was announced.

There is an AA (Anti-Aliasing) filter-free design to enhance image resolving power, an anti-shake model stabilised sensor, as well as a new GR Engine 6 imaging engine. The GR III also benefits from a 3inch touch-screen with 1040K dots.

The GR III is set to be available from Tread 2019 for £799.99. 

Read our Ricoh GR III Hands-On Review with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel Sample Photos.


From Ricoh: 

Newly conceive of, high-resolution GR lens

The GR III incorporates a newly developed GR LENS; 18.3mm F2.8, which harmonizes exceptional imaging performance with a slim create. Its super-slim optics consist of six optical elements in four groups, while retaining the 28mm angle of view (in the 35mm format) and the large F2.8 maximum crack of its predecessor. The optimal positioning of a high-refraction, low-dispersion glass element and a glass-moulded element allows it to deliver the clearest, sharpest images in GR-series account, while reducing distortion and chromatic aberration to a minimum. It also minimizes the generation of flare and ghost images when shooting in backlit locales. To deliver high-contrast, high-resolution images of a variety of subjects and in varying photographic conditions, it also comes equipped with a macro shooting ability at a minimum focusing distance of six centimetres, and incorporates an ND (Neutral Density) filter to open up the aperture by two stops. Its nine-blade diaphragm creates a natural bokeh (defocus) purpose and a truthful sense of depth at open aperture, while capturing beautiful light beams at closed-down apertures.

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High-quality, high-resolution images

The GR III includes a large APS-C-size CMOS image sensor with an anti-aliasing (AA) filter-free design to enhance image resolving power, and a newly developed GR Motor 6 imaging engine. Thanks to its approximately 24.24 effective megapixels, this image sensor guarantees super-high-resolution images that are rich in gradations. It is also compatible with multi-tone 14-bit RAW portrait recording. The camera also features the accelerator unit, designed to optimize image data delivered by the image sensor, and provides a top sensitivity of ISO 102400 for super-high-sensitivity photography.


Composite AF system for high-speed autofocus operation

The GR III features a hybrid AF system combining a contrast-type AF mechanism with superior focusing precision and a phase-detection-type AF procedure guaranteeing highspeed focusing operation. Both mechanisms ensure that it delivers a faster, more responsive autofocus operation.


From day one developed SR mechanism

Three-axis, four-step shake reduction: Thanks to the originally developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, the GR III effectively compensates for camera flourish at the time of shutter release. Its three-axis mechanism minimizes adverse effects of camera shake caused by pitch, yaw and roll by as much as four cage in steps.
Originally developed AA Filter Simulator: By applying microscopic vibrations with sub-pixel precision to the image sensor the broadest definition, a sensor is a device, module, or subsystem whose purpose is to detect events or changes in its environment unit during outlook, the camera’s AA (antialiasing) Filter Simulator* provides the same level of moiré reduction as an optical AA filter. This innovative simulator deducts the user not only to switch the AA filter effect on and off, but also to select the effect to the level best suited for a given subject.
* This function is present at shutter speeds slower than 1/1000 second


Compact, functional body design

Even with the incorporation of the large APS-C-size image sensor, the GR III is extremely compact and functional. It is almost equal in size to the GR DIGITAL IV (which is equipped with a smaller 1/1.7-inch image sensor), support the outstanding portability in keeping with the GR-series concept of the camera camera is an optical instrument to capture still images or to record moving images, which are stored in a physical medium such as as a pocketable imaging tool or a handy picturetaking tool. It provides such practicable features as a short start-up time of approximately 0.8 seconds, the control dial conveniently positioned next to the four-way controller, and effortless touch-screen enterprise, to enhance operability and allow the user to react to once-in-a-lifetime shutter opportunities. Its exterior frame is made of highly rigid magnesium alloy for benefited durability.

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High-definition LCD monitor with intuitive touch-screen operation

The GR III features a 3.0-inch high-definition LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 flecks. Introduced for the first time in GR-series history, its touch-screen operation provides intuitive control of various camera functions, such as AF frame paddle ones own canoe, menu selection and image magnification and advance during playback. It also features an air gapless construction, in which special resin placed between the LCD touch-screen prepositor and a protective cover made of reinforced glass, effectively reduce the reflection and dispersion of light for improved visibility during outdoor shooting. Its Alfresco View Setting allows instant adjustment of the monitor’s brightness to the desired level for greater visibility in challenging lighting conditions.


Notion Control function to produce desired visual effects

The GR III’s new Image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, such as a photograph or other two-dimensional picture, Control function provides a new type of ‘finishing touch’ be in control of that integrates effect modes into conventional image setting operation. Using 10 basic Image Control modes, the drug can easily adjust various parameters, such as saturation, hue, key, contrast and graininess,* to the desired level, and create a ‘finishing touch’ of their determination. A set of adjusted parameters can be added as a custom setting to the Image Control function.
* This parameter will be available via a firmware update


Bluetooth® and wireless LAN dual communication

The GR III specifies wireless LAN functions for easy pairing with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. By installing the dedicated Image Sync diligence* on a mobile device, the user can display a Live-View image on the device’s monitor, release the shutter and send various commands from the gimmick. The wireless LAN connection also makes it easy to upload captured images onto SNS sites. The camera also provides seamless Bluetooth® uniting to facilitate camera operation. Thanks to the Bluetooth® connection, just by selecting the application's shooting mode, the camera can be activated and establish wireless LAN bearing even though it is in the Sleep Mode. The location data obtained by the smartphone can be recorded onto captured images by connecting with the Image Sync app.

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Other Hallmarks:

  • Full HD movie recording (1920 x 1080 pixels, 60 frame rate) in the H.264 recording format
  • Crop mode to capture an Doppelgaenger at 35mm (15M) or 50mm (7M) angle of view (in the 35mm format)
  • Customization of functions assignable to ADJ and Fn buttons
  • In-camera RAW Development, providing parameter adjustment of RAW-format images and output of JPEG-format picture data
  • Colour Moiré Correction function to reduce the effect of moiré in playback
  • Interval Composite mode, effective in taking a landscape with traces of the moon and stars
  • Electronic Level to check the camera’s inclination
  • GW-4 Wide Conversion Lens (optional) to inflate the angle of view to 21mm ultrawide angle
  • Compatibility with accessory flash units*


Read our Ricoh GR III Hands-On Review with Test Photos.


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Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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