Introduction

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The Ricoh GR III is a compact 24MP APS-C format camera with a 28mm equivalent F2.8 lens. The third in a series of APS-C 'GR' compacts from Ricoh, the GR III has been a long time coming, but updates the GR II in some highly significant ways. Several Ricoh representatives have described the GR III to us as a 'labor of love' - keep reading to find out whether the work of the company's engineers has paid off.

Key specifications:

  • 24MP APS-C sensor
  • 18.3mm (28mm equivalent) F2.8 lens
  • 3-axis in-body SR stabilization system
  • On-sensor phase detection autofocus
  • Ultrasonic sensor cleaning
  • 3" 1.04M-dot touch-sensitive LCD screen
  • Anti-aliasing filter simulation
  • Optional 21mm equivalent GW-4 wide adapter lens
  • 1080/60p video
  • USB 3.0 (Type C) enables in-camera charging

Ricoh took its time with the GR III. The original GR was announced a full six years ago, and the intervening GR II was such a minor update that Ricoh felt compelled to reduce its MSRP by $100 less than a month after it was introduced.

The GR III is a major update to the GR and GR II that preceded it. The resolution increase from 16-24MP was expected (and overdue) but the addition of sensor stabilization, a touch-sensitive screen, and the removal of the built-in flash make the GR III a very different photographic tool, albeit one that should feel instantly familiar to GR / II fans.

The GR III is available now for $899: $100 more than the introductory price of the GR II in 2015 (and $200 more after the GR II's rapid MSRP reduction three weeks after it launched).


What's new and how it compares

The GR III might look very similar, but it's a significant update over the GR and GR II. Find out more about what's new.

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Body, handling and controls

The GR III's control layout has been completely overhauled compared to its predecessors, with fewer external controls and the addition of a touchscreen. What difference does this make?

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Shooting experience

They say the best camera is the one you have with you - should you take the GR III on your next excursion?

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Image quality

The GR III's 24MP APS-C sensor is at least a generation newer than the sensors in its predecessors. How does it stack up against modern competitors?

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Video and Performance

The GR III is primarily a stills camera, but we thought we should check-in on its video features and see how the autofocus behaves.

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Conclusion

For most photographers, the GR III makes a good camera even better, but there are some caveats.

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