Ricoh GR III

 
Ricoh GR III front
 
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • 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
  • Introduced September 2018
  • Earlier Model is Ricoh GR III
  • Replacement is Ricoh GR III
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
90
Imaging
72
Features
62
Overall
68

Ricoh GR III summary

Ricoh GR III is Ricoh's Large Sensor Compact camera first introduced on September of 2018. The camera has a 24MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a max resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Ricoh launched this camera as a way to update the earlier Ricoh GR III (Read Full Comparison) and then released the more recent Ricoh GR III (Read Full Comparison) as a way to replace this camera.

The GR III places at #11 out of 62 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and over all #161 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should try out our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your custom criteria.

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Below is a chart of specific factors used in the rating system.

Ricoh GR III family

The Ricoh GR III comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can take a look at all previous and brand new models as well as main features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Ricoh-GR-III front thumbnailRicoh GR III28mm
F2.8-16
24MPAPS-C2018
Ricoh-GR-II front thumbnailRicoh GR II
GR III vs GR II
28mm
F2.8-16.0
16MPAPS-C2015
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Ricoh-GR front thumbnailRicoh GR
GR III vs GR
28mm
F2.8
16MPAPS-C2013

Ricoh GR III Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Ricoh GR III based on factors that are normally considered essential in a camera.

above average ISO range (102,400)
above average minimum ISO (100)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
good MP (24MP)
good sized screen (3")
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has face detection autofocus
has tracking autofocus
high resolution screen (1,037 k dots)
lighter than others (257 grams)
manual focus
offers focus via touch
sensor has phase detect autofocus
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
touchscreen enabled
display is not selfie friendly
does not have external mic socket
does not have HDMI socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have Time Lapse recording
fixed focal length (28mm)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Ricoh GR III Sensor specifications

The sensor dimension on the Ricoh GR III is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor can capture 6000 x 4000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1 and 3:2. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24MP and has a native ISO range of 100 to 102400. RAW files are supported therefore you have wider room to maneuver in post.

Ricoh opted to skip the anti aliasing filter with the Ricoh GR III. This could result in more sharper pictures but could introduce moire under certain situations.

The image below displays the GR III's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The GR III sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is shown in green.

Ricoh GR III sensor size 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Ricoh GR III dimensions

Ricoh GR III weighs about 0.57 lbs (257 grams or 9.07 oz) and features external proportions of 109mm x 62mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3"). The weight of typical Large Sensor Compact camera is 394 grams and the Ricoh GR III is less heavy when compared to its competitors.

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Below is a photo of the Ricoh GR III beside a soft drink to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Ricoh GR III dimensions scale

The top view below will highlight the button layout on the GR III.

Ricoh GR III topview buttons dials

Ricoh GR III Lens specifications

The GR III includes an inbuilt lens featuring a constant focal length of 28mm which means you do not have the flexibility to zoom.

At the widest 28mm, it provides an aperture of f2.8 and that's kind of slow and not very good in low light conditions and you might struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also need to up the ISO producing noisy pictures.

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Ricoh GR III Connectivity

The GR III has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily transfer pictures and sometimes change settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Some applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external monitor. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Ricoh GR III Video specifications

The max video quality on the Ricoh GR III is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality gives a great balance in quality vs file sizes but 1080p won't leave you with much room to crop. The camera does not have a mic and / or headphone jack which means that you get little control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to look at a different camera if you require decent sound in your video clips.

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Ricoh GR III Weather Sealing

Ricoh GR III does not include environment proofing so damp conditions may damage the camera.

Ricoh GR III Display and Viewfinder

The Ricoh GR III has a 3" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 1,037k dots.

Additionally the screen is touch friendly which means you will be able to set focus point plus adjust settings using your fingertips.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Ricoh GR III are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (optional)

Viewfinders are rather handy in bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Ricoh GR III Shutter specifications

The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Ricoh GR III Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Ricoh GR III has got external flash support but does not include integrated flash.

Ricoh GR III Autofocusing specifications

Ricoh GR III has got both Phase Detect AF and Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and accurate when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which can be handy for taking photos of people.

Ricoh GR III has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers to adjust focus. It also features Tracking AF for objects on the move. Ricoh GR III includes manual focusing if required in low light scenarios or you need more accurate focusing control.

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Ricoh GR III Battery life

The usual Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 300. Leica X-U offers the maximum (450) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Following is a listing of Large Sensor Compact cameras with the highest battery life:

Ricoh GR III for varying forms of photography

The following illustration provides a outline of the Ricoh GR III for varying forms of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Ricoh GR III Portrait photography information

The Ricoh GR III gets a points tally of 83 which is fantastic, and means the camera is a outstanding option for portraits. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW photos in addition to the flexibility to utilize off-camera flash.

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has manual focus
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
features face detect focus
supports RAW formats

Ricoh GR III Street photography highlights

Getting a fantastic rating of 84, the Ricoh GR III is a awesome fit to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
has touch to focus
lighter than competition (257g)
great ISO range (102,400)
no articulating screen

Ricoh GR III Sports photography highlights

A awesome sports photography points total of 77 means the Ricoh GR III is a tremendous choice for shooting sports. A camera really should have very good tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect autofocus
can't change focal length (28mm)

Ricoh GR III Travel photography info

Weight is extremely critical in buying a travel camera. All things considered, the Ricoh GR III gets a above average 70 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable option to take with you on your holidays.

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lighter than others in class (257 grams)
boasts focus by touch
good MP (24MP)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Landscape photography with Ricoh GR III

For anybody planning to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Ricoh GR III with it's above average grade of 71 as a landscape camera is a very decent fit among it's competition.

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manual focus
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
doesnt have low pass filter
above average high ISO (102,400)
saves RAW files
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have Timelapse function

Vlogging with Ricoh GR III

A vlogging camera should come with a moving display, mic port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Ricoh GR III is not very good as a vlog camera as it comes to a awful rating of 37.

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screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detect focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (257g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
does not have mic jack

Ricoh GR III Alternatives

If you need replacements to the GR III, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall under the class of Large Sensor Compact.

The chart listed below shows you an overview of the GR III vs it's highest scoring rivals listed earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you might regard as alternate options. To see a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Ricoh
Model type
Ricoh GR III
Type
Large Sensor Compact
Introduced
2018-09-25
Physical type
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area
366.6mm²
Sensor resolution
24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1 and 3:2
Max resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW files
Max native ISO
102400
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28mm (1x)
Maximal aperture
f/2.8-16
Macro focusing range
6cm
Focal length multiplier
1.5
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3"
Resolution of display
1,037k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Optical (optional)
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
30s
Max shutter speed
1/4000s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash options
Auto, Flash On, Flash On+Red-eye, Slow-speed Sync, Slow Sync+Red-eye
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
Yes
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
257 gr (0.57 lb)
Physical dimensions
109 x 62 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.3")
Other
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Internal, SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Card slots
1
Price at release
$900