GRIII First Impressions

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Starny Contributing Member • Posts: 813
GRIII First Impressions

I just bought and received a Refurbished "Street Edition" directly from Ricoh.

I am usually apprehensive about buying refurbished products from manufacturers because I believe they all use varying criteria to determine what quality warrants resale.

With regard to the GRIII I got from Ricoh that standard appears to be very high. The camera appears to be in excellent to like new condition.

It came in a box with a "Refurbished" sticker on it and I received all items that a new one would come with including a wrist strap, two batteries, two lens rings, power adapter, owner's manual, and a technician check list certifying all functions and software update.

Ricoh includes a 90-day warranty but only a 14-day window for returns, which seems a bit short.

So first impressions:

-The camera body is slightly smaller than I thought it would be but not by much, and the color of the Street Edition was exactly what I thought it would be. I immediately replaced the orange lens ring with the black one. It now looks stealthy street!

-The menu system is fairly intuitive but probably not up to a Canon standard, but perhaps better than Sony.

-After learning that the Fn button only changes one function I was happy to learn that pressing the ADJ button (wheel) brings up a quick menu of 5 functions.

-Picture quality seems to be good and so far I am satisfied with the focal length. I was torn between the III and the IIIx.

-The lock button for the mode dial seems odd but hasn't been much of a deterrent to rotating the dial on the fly.

-The front dial (which I've switched to shutter) seems quite recessed into the camera body but works fine. Same thing with the On/Off button. I suppose this is so it is not accidentally pressed.

-WiFi and Bluetooth. The same complaints as usual.

-There are some weird features like "Link AE and AF Point" and perhaps one I'm still scratching my head about, is that Image Controls/Filters such as Positive Film, Retro, etc., can still be used in RAW. I'm still trying to figure out if I shoot Raw in Standard if I'm getting a RAW file or a processed file. If I set Standard to +1 Sharpness, is it being applied to the RAW file?

Well anyway, it seems to be a fun camera. Here are a few pics of first day out with it. Most are SOOC.

Appreciate any and all comments. Cheers!

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