Ricoh GR III review
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.
- 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.
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?
They say the best camera is the one you have with you - should you take the GR III on your next excursion?
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?
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.
For most photographers, the GR III makes a good camera even better, but there are some caveats.
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