The brand new Ricoh GR III is here and it’s a beauty.
Lets break down what has changed since the Ricoh GR II and why you would want to get your hands on this cool little camera.
It’s stealthy, lightweight and perfect for travel & street photography!
My three favorite cameras for street photography has always been my Ricoh GR II and my beloved Fujifilm x100f (Today, I shoot mostly with the versatile Fujifilm X-T3) But when I heard about the announcement of the Ricoh GR III I knew I had to get it, review it and let you guys know what I think about it.
What’s new in the Ricoh GR III?
At a glance:
- Higher resolution sensor, 24 MP from 16 MP
- Sensor-based image stabilization, as well the ability to simulate an anti-aliasing filter.
- A dust removal mechanism. This was a thing a lot of Ricoh GR II customer complained about.
- Autofocus was upgraded to a hybrid system, incorporating phase detection
- The screen has been changed to a touchscreen.
- Minimum focusing distance improved to 6 cm from 10 cm.
- The weight is virtually the same: 257 g.
- The video recording frame rate has improved from 30fps to 60fps at 1080p.
- Added USB-C connectivity.
The only sad this is that they have removed the in-built flash. But besides that, this looks like perfect street photography and travel camera.
Today I actually also prefer to use my Godox V1 flash for street photography.
An updated sensor
The Ricoh GR 3 comes with a 24MP APS-C sensor, which is a huge improvement from the Ricoh GR II 16MP camera sensor.
The new 24MP APS-C sensor comes with phase-detection autofocus and sensor-shift imagine stabilization in-camera.
The camera’s sensor can now shift in three axes to compensate for the camera any shaky motion and this shake can simulate the effect of having an anti-aliasing filter.
I think the Ricoh GR III will become with ultimate street photography camera. Ricoh as a company has always been very focused on three things when it comes to their Ricoh GR-series:
- Great image quality
- Point and shoot
- Size & Portability
– exactly what you want in a camera for street photography.
Who is the Ricoh GR III for?
Obviously is for street photography. But that’s not all.
Its a perfect entry-level mirrorless camera for any camera-enthusiast who wants to test his or her skills with a real camera, compared to an iPhone or Android smartphone camera.
Let’s talk about the lens:
The Ricoh GR III comes with a 28mm equivalent F2.8 lens and has also been redesigned and a touchscreen added for the first time.
The redesigned 28mm equivalent. F 2.8 lens will have six elements in four groups, including two aspherical elements.
The minimum focus distance has improved to 6cm from 10cm.
It will have the same ND-filter as the 1 and 2 had.
Recording video with the Ricoh GR III
The camera can record 1080/60p video, up from 1080/30p. The GR III has a USB-C socket, that can be used for video output.
The built-in flash has been removed
If there is one thing I am a bit sad about, is that they have removed the built-in flash. It was a cool thing, come on!
The design is almost unchanged
It will basically look the same, though preliminary specs say that the 3 isn’t quite as wide as the Ricoh 1 and 2.
Wireless functionality will be offered through Wi-Fi only.
The Ricoh GR 3 does not have Bluetooth.