Ricoh GR III Review

Overall 47
Imaging 14
Features 48
Size 85
Price 0

Main Features

  • 24.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 109 x 62 x 33 mm
  • Weight: 257 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Ricoh GR III Summary

This review is devoted to GR III that Ricoh has first introduced to the public in Sep 25, 2018. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #45 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 47/100 and it takes a rank of #198 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Ricoh GR III Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Ricoh GR III review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Sensor Size: APS-C
  • Min Native Iso: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Af Phase Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Optical (optional)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Weight: 257 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Built-In Flash: No
  • Max Native Iso: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Ricoh GR III With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Ricoh GR III. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Ricoh GR III

Ricoh GR III has the following external dimensions 109 x 109 x 33 mm (42.91 x 24.41 x 12.99″) with the weight of 257 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Ricoh GR III, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Ricoh GR III is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 33mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Ricoh GR III with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Ricoh GR III is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Ricoh GR III compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Ricoh GR III — 33 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Ricoh GR III — 257 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

Unfortunately, Ricoh GR III comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Ricoh GR III comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Ricoh GR III Photo and Sensor Features

Ricoh GR III boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Ricoh GR III features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Large Sensor Compact class, there is a high-resolution camera.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Ricoh GR III is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Ricoh GR III with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Ricoh GR III

LCD and ViewFinder

Ricoh GR III is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,037k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (optional) ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Ricoh GR III are its fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, GR III unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Ricoh GR III stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations.

In addition, GR III has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Ricoh GR III, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Ricoh GR III allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Ricoh GR III provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Ricoh GR III is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Ricoh GR III is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, GR III is equipped with USB 1 port. that make it possible to connect GR III with suitable external devices.

How Good is Ricoh GR III for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Ricoh GR III’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Ricoh GR III’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the GR III to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Ricoh GR III for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh GR III performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh GR III can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Ricoh GR III for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh GR III performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 98. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh GR III can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (109 x 62 x 33 mm)
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Ricoh GR III for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh GR III performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 48. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh GR III can be called a 48 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting ( fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (0)
  • Small size (109 x 62 x 33 mm)

Ricoh GR III for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh GR III performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 2. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh GR III can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Small weight (257 g)
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in Flash

Ricoh GR III for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Ricoh GR III performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 81. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Ricoh GR III can be called a 81 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (0)

Ricoh GR III Detailed Specs

General
Brand Ricoh
Model GR III
Announced Sep 25, 2018
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 6
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,037k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (optional)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Auto, Flash On, Flash On+Red-eye, Slow-speed Sync, Slow Sync+Red-eye
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area 366.60 mm2
Sensor Resolution 24.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 6000 x 4000
Max Native ISO 0
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 0
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI No
USB USB 1
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 257 g
Physical Dimensions 109 x 62 x 33 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type Internal, SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported)
Storage Slots 1

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