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Ricoh GR II vs Ricoh GR III

Portability
89
Imaging
59
Features
55
Overall
57
Ricoh GR II front
 
Ricoh GR III front
Portability
90
Imaging
69
Features
62
Overall
66

Ricoh GR II vs Ricoh GR III Key Specs

Ricoh GR II
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28mm (F2.8-16.0) lens
  • 251g - 117 x 63 x 35mm
  • Announced June 2015
  • Older Model is Ricoh GR
Ricoh GR III
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 102400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28mm (F2.8-16) lens
  • 257g - 109 x 62 x 33mm
  • Released September 2018
  • Replaced the Ricoh GR III
  • Replacement is Ricoh GR III
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Ricoh GR II vs Ricoh GR III Overview

Lets look a bit more closely at the Ricoh GR II vs Ricoh GR III, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras and both are designed by Ricoh. There is a significant difference between the image resolutions of the GR II (16MP) and GR III (24MP) but they use the same exact sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The GR II was introduced 4 years earlier than the GR III which is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before delving straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a quick summary of how the GR II grades vs the GR III with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh GR II over the Ricoh GR III

 GR II GR III 
Screen resolution1230k1037kClearer screen (+193k dot)

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR III over the Ricoh GR II

 GR III GR II 
ReleasedSeptember 2018June 2015More modern by 39 months
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Ricoh GR II and Ricoh GR III

 GR II GR III 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurement
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Ricoh GR II vs Ricoh GR III Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry around your camera often, you are going to need to factor in its weight and size. The Ricoh GR II offers outer measurements of 117mm x 63mm x 35mm (4.6" x 2.5" x 1.4") along with a weight of 251 grams (0.55 lbs) whilst the Ricoh GR III has specifications of 109mm x 62mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3") having a weight of 257 grams (0.57 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you choose during that time. The following is the front view physical size comparison of the GR II versus the GR III.

Ricoh GR II vs Ricoh GR III size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the GR II and GR III is 89 and 90 respectively.

Ricoh GR II vs Ricoh GR III top view buttons comparison

Ricoh GR II vs Ricoh GR III Sensor Comparison

Often, its hard to visualise the contrast between sensor sizes just by going over specs. The image here may give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the GR II and GR III.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same resolution. You should count on the Ricoh GR III to offer more detail using its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop shots far more aggressively. The more aged GR II is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Ricoh GR II vs Ricoh GR III sensor size comparison

Ricoh GR II vs Ricoh GR III Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh GR II vs Ricoh GR III Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Ricoh GR II Portrait photography features
Ricoh GR III Portrait photography features
75
manual focus
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
81
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Ricoh GR II Street photography info
Ricoh GR III Street photography info
74
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
lighter than competitors (251g)
good ISO range (25,600)
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
84
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
features focus via touch
lighter than competitors in class (257g)
very good high ISO (102,400)
screen is fixed
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Sports Comparison

Ricoh GR II Sports photography advice
Ricoh GR III Sports photography advice
50
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
focal length is fixed (28mm)
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
does not have phase detect AF
76
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
supports phase detect AF
fixed focal length (28mm)
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Travel Comparison

Ricoh GR II as a Travel photography camera
Ricoh GR III as a Travel photography camera
67
lighter than competitors (251 grams)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
missing Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
69
lighter than competitors in class (257 grams)
features focus via touch
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
no Time Lapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Ricoh GR II Landscape photography factors
Ricoh GR III Landscape photography factors
59
manual focus
nice screen size (3")
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not have image stabilization
missing Timelapse mode
69
you can focus manually
good sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
no anti-alias filter
very good high ISO (102,400)
saves RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (28mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh GR II as a Vlogging camera
Ricoh GR III as a Vlogging camera
32
includes face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors (251 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
missing external microphone jack
37
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detect focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors in class (257g)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
no mic port
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Ricoh GR II vs Ricoh GR III Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh GR II and Ricoh GR III
 Ricoh GR IIRicoh GR III
General Information
Make Ricoh Ricoh
Model type Ricoh GR II Ricoh GR III
Category Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Announced 2015-06-17 2018-09-25
Body design Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor GR Engine V -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.7 x 15.7mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 372.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1 and 3:2
Highest resolution 4928 x 3264 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 25600 102400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28mm (1x) 28mm (1x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-16.0 f/2.8-16
Macro focusing distance 10cm 6cm
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,230k dot 1,037k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (optional) Optical (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 300s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 4.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.00 m (at Auto ISO) no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, Flash On, Flash Synchro., Manual Flash, Red-Eye Flash Auto, Red-Eye Flash On, Red-Eye Flash Synchro, Wireless Auto, Flash On, Flash On+Red-eye, Slow-speed Sync, Slow Sync+Red-eye
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p, 24p) 1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 251 gr (0.55 lb) 257 gr (0.57 lb)
Dimensions 117 x 63 x 35mm (4.6" x 2.5" x 1.4") 109 x 62 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 80 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.7 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1078 not tested
Other
Battery life 320 shots -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery ID DB-65 -
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC Internal, SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Storage slots 1 1
Price at launch $599 $900