A high-end digital compact camera, featuring an assortment of newly developed main components and designed for the ultimate in snapshot photography
To be frank, when we were handed with the new version of Ricoh GR III, we couldn’t spot any difference compared to the previous GR II – at least asthetically. But we know that deep within the the chasis lies a whole new world. Here are some facts and figures you need to know if you are interest to lay your hand on this camera.
Newly designed, high-resolution GR lens
The GR III incorporates a newly developed GR LENS 18.3mm F2.8. 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. According to Ricoh, the optimal positioning of a high-refraction, low-dispersion glass element and a glass-molded aspherical lens 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 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.
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 low light photography.
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.
Shake Reduction Mechanism
The GR III effectively compensates camera shake at the time of shutter release. Its proprietery three-axis mechanism minimizes adverse effects of camera shake caused by pitch, yaw and roll by as much as four stops. By applying microscopic vibrations with sub-pixel precision to the image sensor unit during exposure, the camera’s AA (anti-aliasing) Filter Simulator provides the same level of moiré reduction as an optical AA filter. This innovative simulator allows the user not only to switch the AA filter effect on and off, but also to select the effect to the level best suited for a given subject.
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.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.
The GR III features a 3.0-inch high-definition LCD monitor with approximately 1 mil dots. 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.
Image Control Function
The GR III’s new Image Control function provides a new type of finishing touch control that integrates effect modes into conventional image setting operation. Using 10 basic Image Control modes, the user can easily adjust various parameters, such as saturation, hue, key, contrast and graininess, to the desired level, and create a finishing touch of their choice. A set of adjusted parameters can be added as a custom setting to the Image Control function.
The GR III provides Wifi 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 Wifi connection also makes it easy to upload captured images onto SNS sites. The camera also provides seamless Bluetooth connection to facilitate camera operation.
- Full HD movie recording (1920 x 1080 pixels, 60 frame rate) in the H.264 recording format
- Crop mode to capture an image at 35mm (15M) or 50mm (7M) angle of view (in the 35mm format)
- Customization of functions assignable to ADJ and Fn buttons
- In-camera RAW Development, providing parameter adjustment of RAW-format images and output of JPEG-format image data
- Color Moiré Correction function to reduce the effect of moiré in playback
- Interval Composite mode, effective in capturing a landscape with traces of the moon and stars
- Electronic Level to check the camera’s inclination
- GW-4 Wide Conversion Lens (optional) to expand the angle of view to 21mm ultra-wide angle
- Compatibility with accessory flash units
The Ricoh GR III is available this month, retailing at RM3,999. For more information, please contact the distributor at www.dscworld.com.my