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Enjoy and indulge in the hobby, passion and art of photography with this exquisite advanced yet pocket-sized compact camera. The ultimate camera for our times

Ricoh GR III Digital Compact Camera

Highlights

  • New Or Secondhand: New
  • Screen Size: 3.0"
  • Sensor Size: APS-C Sensor
  • Resolution: 21-25MP
  • "In Body" Image Stabilization
  • RAW
  • Touch Screen Control

Product code: 15038 (0027075300170)

4.4
(41 reviews)

£799.00

No used versions available

Product Details

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • GR Engine 6
  • 28mm f/2.8 Lens (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3-Axis Shake Reduction System
  • 3.0" 1.037m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080/60p Video Recording
  • Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi
  • Hybrid AF System, Macro Mode
  • 35mm and 50mm Focal Length Crop Modes
  • USB Type-C Port, 1x SD Card Slot

High-quality, high-resolution images

The GR III incorporates a large APS-C-size CMOS image sensor with an anti-aliasing (AA) filter-free design to enhance image resolving power, and a newly developed GR ENGINE 6 imaging engine. Thanks to its approximately 24.24 effective megapixels, this image sensor assures super-high-resolution images that are rich in gradations. It is also compatible with multi-tone 14-bit RAW image recording. The camera also features the accelerator unit, which is designed to optimize image data delivered by the image sensor, and provides a top sensitivity of ISO 102400 for super-high-sensitivity photography.

Newly designed, high-resolution GR lens

The GR III incorporates a newly developed GR LENS 18.3mm F2.8, which harmonizes exceptional imaging performance with a slim design. Its super-slim optics consists of six optical elements in four groups, while retaining the 28mm angle of view (in the 35mm format) and large F2.8 maximum aperture of its predecessor. The optimal positioning of a high-refraction, low-dispersion glass element and a glass-molded element allows it to deliver the clearest, sharpest images in GR-series history, while reducing distortion and chromatic aberration to a minimum.

It also minimizes the generation of flare and ghost images when shooting against backlight. To deliver high-contrast, high-resolution images of a variety of subjects and in varying photographic conditions, it also comes equipped with a macro shooting capability at a minimum focusing distance of six centimeters, and incorporates an ND (Neutral Density) filter to open up the aperture by two stops. Its nine-blade diaphragm creates a natural bokeh (defocus) effect and a truthful sense of depth at open aperture, while capturing beautiful light beams at closed-down apertures.

Hybrid AF system for high-speed autofocus operation

The GR III features a hybrid AF system combining a contrast-type AF mechanism superior in focusing precision with a phase-detection-type AF mechanism assuring high-speed focusing operation. Taking advantage of both mechanisms, it assures faster, more responsive autofocus operation.

Three-axis, four-step shake reduction

Thanks to the originally developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, the GR III effectively compensates for camera shake at the time of shutter release. Its three-axis mechanism minimizes adverse effects of camera shake caused by pitch, yaw and roll by as much as four shutter steps.

High-definition LCD monitor with intuitive touch-screen operation

The GR III features a 3.0-inch high-definition LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots. Introduced for the first time in GR-series history, its touch-screen operation provides intuitive control of various camera functions, such as AF frame shift, menu selection, and image magnification and advance during playback. It also features an air gapless construction, in which special resin is placed between the LCD touch-screen monitor and a protective cover made of reinforced glass, to effectively reduce the reflection and dispersion of light for improved visibility during outdoor shooting. Its Outdoor View Setting allows instant adjustment of the monitor’s brightness to the desired level for greater visibility under unfriendly lighting conditions.

Compact, functional body design

Despite the incorporation of the large APS-C-size image sensor, the GR III is designed to be extremely compact and functional, almost equal in size to the GR DIGITAL IV (which is equipped with a smaller 1/1.7-inch image sensor), providing the outstanding portability in keeping with the GR-series concept of the camera as a pocketable imaging tool or a handy picture-taking tool. It provides such user-friendly features as a short start-up time of approximately 0.8 seconds, the control dial conveniently positioned next to the four-way controller, and effortless touch-screen operation, to enhance operability and allow the user to swiftly react to once-in-a-lifetime shutter opportunities. Its exterior frame is made of highly rigid magnesium alloy to improve dependability and durability when it is being carried.

Bluetooth® and wireless LAN dual communication

The GR III provides wireless LAN functions for easy pairing with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. By installing the dedicated Image Sync application on a mobile device, the user can display a Live-View image on the device’s monitor, release the shutter and send various commands from the device. The wireless LAN connection also makes it easy to upload captured images onto SNS sites. The camera also provides seamless Bluetooth® connection to facilitate camera operation. Thanks to the Bluetooth® connection, just by selecting application's shooting mode, camera can be activated and establish wireless LAN connection even though it is in the Sleep Mode. By connecting with the Image Sync app the location data obtained by the smartphone can be recorded onto captured images.

Face detect autofocus to assist portrait shooting

The camera detects faces and focuses. This feature is enabled in [Auto Area AF], [Select AF], and [Pinpoint AF]. It is also possible to enable this feature in [Auto Area AF] only. With this setting, when you want to focus on a subject instead of faces, simply switch focus modes without turning face detect off.

High-speed approx. 0.8 second start-up from when the power is turned on

A high output motor is used to drive the lens barrel so that it quickly moves from a retracted position to the shooting position. Also, optimized program processing during start-up reduces the start-up time. The built-in lens barrier also makes it unnecessary to remove the lens cap, so you will never miss a sudden photo opportunity.

Touch panel and control dial that enables intuitive controls

The LCD monitor features a touch panel. Simply touch and slide to move the AF frame or access the menu. You can also pinch in and out during playback to change the magnification or flick to view the previous and next images. A control dial is also positioned around the four-way button. This layout makes it possible to quickly operate the camera with a simple action while maintaining a secure grip on the camera.

Enjoy image finishing in-camera RAW processing without using a PC

RAW format data can be processed on the camera and saved as a JPEG file. Tune the photo exactly the way you want using just the camera, adjusting the recorded pixels, aspect ratio, white balance, Image Control and sensitivity.

Highlight-weighted option added to full-featured metering modes

In addition to [Multi-segment], [Centre-weighted], and [Spot], [Highlight-weighted] is now available as a metering method. [Highlight-weighted] helps keep the exposure even, suppressing highlight blowouts in subjects illuminated by spotlights and high-contrast subjects.

Shoot up to 6 cm with Macro mode

Macro mode lets you focus with AF between 6 and 12 centimetres from the end of the lens. This delivers nearly the same 0.35x shooting magnification as when the GM-1 macro conversion lens is attached to the GR II without the need for an extra lens. Simply press the macro button to capture impressive close-up photos with rich bokeh effects.

Product Reviews

4.4
based on 58 ratings This score is based on all expert and user reviews that TestFreaks has collected for this product. Reviews and scores are collected from more than 30 countries but only reviews in selected languages are shown below.
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Lightweight, Image quality, Compact, Ergonomics, Fast operation
Pricey, Poor battery life
TechRadar UK

If you're a fan of the GR line you'll love what Ricoh has done here. With fast operation, dependable image quality, a crisp and responsive touchscreen and an even smaller body than before, the GR III has masses going for it.

Photography BLOG

Whereas the previous GR II camera was a very modest upgrade of the original GR, principally only adding wi-fi and NFC connectivity to its predecessor, the new GR III model is a much more significant reworking of the GR blueprint.

Amateur Photographer

We put Ricoh's pocket friendly, APS-C sensor compact through its paces

DP Review

The Ricoh GR III updates the GR series in some really important ways, bringing a modern high-resolution sensor and hybrid autofocus system to the lineup for the first time. Controls have been simplified, and a new touch-sensitive rear screen makes autofocus positioning and image navigation much...

SlashGear

The smartphone may have replaced a dedicated camera for many, but the Ricoh GR III is here to remind us that’s not universally the case. The latest in Ricoh’s series of super-pocketable street shooters, it packs the highest resolution sensor yet – and, at $899, the highest price tag too.

Camera Decision

First introduced in July 2009 , Ricoh GR Digital III is a 10.0MP Small Sensor Compact camera with a 1/1.7-inch (7.44 x 5.58 mm ) sized CCD sensor and 28 mm F1.9 lens. Ricoh replaced the older with this model and later GR Digital III was replaced with Ricoh GR Digital IV.

Pentaxforums

After thoroughly testing the Ricoh GR III , it becomes extremely easy to understand why this camera has garnered such excitement upon its launch.

Digitaltrends

“The Ricoh GR III will make you rethink whether a smartphone camera is ‘good enough.’”

Digital Camera World

GR fans, or GRists as Ricoh call them, will love this update of an iconic camera. But in the world of multi-lens camera phones the wider appeal of this fixed lens compact will probably be limited.

Shutterbug

First off, it’s not just a street photography camera, although it’s certainly excellent for that. It’s also a terrific travel camera because of its compact size, easy operation and full feature set.

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Henrys

My biggest concern about picking this up was no evf and the high price tag. After a week of use, those things didn't matter. The battery is bad but I still manage 250-300+ per battery (normal screen brightness w/jpg+raw) and swapping between one spare is more than enough for a day or two on the...

DP Review

The Ricoh GR III was my first camera. I mostly wanted something for landscape, macro and architecture, so a wide-angle lens was important to me. At the time I bought it, I wasn't sure if photography would be my thing.

Digixo

Excellent APN que l'on peut emporter partout

DP Review

Hello I had the Ricoh GRIII since May and this I want I think so far: What I like very much: This camera works better for street photography than anything I have tried before. It draws almost no attention. It is so small, easy to use and discrete.

Digixo

Excellent APN que l'on peut emporter partout

This is a great little camera which truly does slip into your pocket. Very impressive performance and is ideal for street photography or just to carry in your pocket whilst out and about or for travel photography

A good point and shoot camera with lot’s of creative options. Very small and discrete-ideal every day’s pocket camera!

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