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Ricoh has released the GR Digital III premium compact camera with a fast f1.9 28mm equivalent prime lens. Successor to the GR Digital II, it uses a new 10MP sensor with larger pixel pitch than its predecessor. It continues the Ricoh tradition of high resolution screens, becoming one of the first compact to offer a 920,000 dots VGA panel. A new imaging engine, in combination with the more sensitive sensor promises to improve high ISO performance. It also gains faster AF and a 'full-press snap' mode that jumps to a preset focus distance for fast street shooting. It can also shoot a burst of up to 5 RAW files in continuous or bracketing mode.
Tokyo, Japan, July 27, 2009 — Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president and CEO: Shiro Kondo) today announced the release of the GR DIGITAL III camera. A Successor model to the GR DIGITAL II, The GR Digital III achieves a whole new level of image quality.
The GR DIGITAL II (November 2007) achieved superb image quality by packing superior resolution, low noise, and low colour aberration performance into a thin, compact body. In the 20 months since its release, the GR Digital II it has been very popular with a wide range of customers, especially professional photographers and experienced amateurs.
The new GR DIGITAL III takes the GR line's traditional high image quality to an even higher level with a new image processing engine, a new CCD, and the newly developed 28 mm/F1.9 GR Lens. Performance has also been enhanced in areas such as quick shooting, operability, and power of expression.
In order to fully respond to the needs of our customers for the GR DIGITAL III, Ricoh will continue to offer the customization services (fine tuning of shutter release button sensitivity, AE/AWB, etc.) that we have provided since the introduction of the GR DIGITAL.
The new GR Digital III will be available at £529.99 inc from the middle of August.
Main features of the GR DIGITAL III
Newly developed large-aperture lens
Taking the GR DIGITAL concepts another step forward, the GR DIGITAL III achieves even greater image quality.
Enhanced expression capabilities make good use of GR Lens performance.
Large, high-visibility 3.0-inch VGA LCD monitor.
Operability further enhanced.
Expandability further enhanced with addition of new options.
Function to be expanded using firmware.
GR DIGITAL/GR DIGITAL II options GH-1, GW-1, GT-1, GC-1, and GC-2 cannot be used.
*When noise reduction is OFF. When it is Weak or Strong, the maximum is four images.
**Newly introduced option.
*** Hood and adapter GH-2 is required when using wide conversion lens GW-2.
**** This option is to go on sale in autumn 2009.
1/1.7" Type CCD
|Image sizes|| 3648 x 2736
3648 x 2432
2736 x 2736
3264 x 2448
2592 x 1944
2048 x 1536
1280 x 960
640 x 480
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480 @ 15/30 fps
320 x 240 @ 15/30 fps
|File formats|| JPEG (Exif v2.21, DPOF)
AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG)
|Lens|| 28mm (35mm equiv)
F1.9 - F9
8 elements in 6 groups (aspheric lens: 2 elements and 2 surfaces)
|Digital zoom||up to 4x (up to 5.7x @ 640 x 480)|
|Focus||• Auto focus
• Manual focus
|AF area modes|| Multi-point AF
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
|Closest focus distance|| Standard AF: 30 cm
Macro: 1 cm
|Metering|| 256-point multi-segment
|ISO sensitivity|| Auto
High ISO Auto
|Exposure compensation||+/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments|
|Exposure Bracketing||+/- 1/3, 1/5 EV|
|Shutter speed||1-1/2000 sec|
|White balance|| Auto
|Self timer||2 or 10sec|
|Flash|| Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction, Manual
+/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Range (Internal, Auto ISO): 20cm - 3.0m
Hotshoe for external flash unit
|Viewfinder||Optional hotshoe-mounted viewfinder|
|LCD monitor|| 3.0-inch transparent LCD
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
|Storage|| SD / SDHC memory card
88 MB internal storage
|Power|| Li-Ion battery pack DB65
Optional AC adapter AC-4c
|Weight (no batt)||188g (5.9 oz)|
|Dimensions||109 x 59 x 26 mm (4.2 x 2.3 x 1.0 in)|