Ricoh GR Digital III

Announced Jul 27, 2009 •
10 megapixels | 3 screen | 28 mm
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The Ricoh GRD III (like the GRD I) that I owned before is a superb little camera, capable of taking excellent images in the hands of an experienced photographer. It doesn't have face-detection, scene modes, HD video, 12x zoom, etc. What is does have is a fantastic prime 28mm lens, rapid AF, RAW shooting and fully manual controls. So, if you want to take pictures, rather than letting the camera make the images for you, this is the compact for you. Problems: None.

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ktwse
 
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Nearly two years after it was released, the GRD III is still the best overall compact camera proposition on the market. Some cameras, like the X100, might offer better absolute IQ. But as a complete package, none deliver as well as this little gem. Since new cameras like the G12 and the LX-5 / XZ-1 basically use the same sensor as their predecessors, the GRD III hasn't been surpassed in terms of sensor quality even if it's no longer a new camera by any account. The lens is still best in ...

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HomeyJay
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An astonishing camera that takes significantly better images than you would think it takes!! Class leading UI, superb construction, incredible screen and razor sharp, fast lens all go together to make this camera the best fixed lens compact in the world. I now no longer take my D90 anywhere and use only a GRD3 and a CX3 and I have not compromised on photo quality. The camera is packed with amazing and genuinely useful features and is a real pleasure to use. There's just something about the ...

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Joel Stern
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Like all Ricoh cameras you need to spend some time to learn about the settings but once you do you will find the User Interface is the best in the market. Great image quality, small wonderful high feature ridden camera, a must buy for those of you that want a small fixed lens camera, it is perfect.

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eidolonv2
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Have had the camera for about a week. Have hundreds of photo's. Many macro shots. Many shots at a bar during a party. In my opinion the image quality has been excellent. When shooting in RAW the subsequent download to the computer is both a RAW image and a jpeg. The screen is outstanding. The quote dimensional size of the camera is misleading. They say the camera is 25mm thick. Ha! Less than 25% of the camera is 25mm thick. The camera's true dimensions are 33x62x108mm. (1.3x2.44x4.27") I ...

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PGeary
 
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This is probably one of the most well thought out compact cameras on the market. I also own a Canon 5D but this is the camera that I always have with me and that I use most of the time. This camera takes into account the needs of serious photographers by providing many features that, while not entirely unique to the GR Digital III, are implemented very nicely. For instance, I love the Snap focusing feature which is a way of pre-focusing the camera for certain distances (zone focusing). The ...

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tarmstrong
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This camera will make you want to take more pictures. The fix lens and ease of use will make you a better photographer. The built quality and controls alone make up for the high price. The image quality is the best I've seen in a small-sensor camera. It is a blast to use and after using it for a week, I have already taken 1500 images! I was never into macro-photography, but with this camera/lens set-up macro really shines. The custom settings make taking pictures quicker with fewer "screw-ups." ...

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BaliPeter
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Best pocket/street camera I bought so far. Very nice addition to my Canon5D mark II. Full of very useful applications. Great for traveling, not an intimidating camera for people in the country. I travel a lot in South East Asia. High quality pictures. Can recommend this camera for street use. Problems: No problems, may be the next edition could have a small zoom, but hey walking to and from the subject is good excersice. Not cheap, but worth every penny. Quality never comes cheap.

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I am a pro photographer, and I just simply love this little thing. The files are superb, and most of all, the camera fits in my pocket, so it is a bring everywhere with me all the time camera. Problems: Could be nice to take off all noise reduction, so the files would look a bit more like the lovely grains of the GRD I

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StevieF
 
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I thought long and hard (£££££££!!) about whether to buy this camera as an addition to my CX1 bought a few months ago and which I'm delighted with. They overlap at the bottom end and was it worth it? Answer, yes, in my opinion as it's a different camera experience altogether. I have fair old collection of zooms with my DSLR and of course with the CX1 and the fact that the GRDIII is a fixed focal length appealed enormously. The design and build quality is superb and the high-res screen ...

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