RICOH GR III

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PROLOGUE

The GR offers a shooting style that provides direct feedback to the photographer's senses, for capturing those moving moments.

Just by carrying around this small camera, you become aware of precious, everyday details. That can make anyone into a creator. In the photographs taken with this camera, the world, and the people in it sparkle with life. The GR continues to evolve with those ideas in mind, along with fans who feel the same way.

The GR's appeal doesn't rest solely with advancements in technology. We hope that these passionate ideas, and big dreams worked into this camera come across.

 

PHILOSOPHY
The GR's Perspective

What is a photo?

The GR philosophy is that confrontation with society is the essence of photography, and art is merely the result. And the moment when chance becomes necessity, a piece of art becomes something that transcends time. Image quality and response are the means to respond to the photographer's intentions. The camera is fine in a supporting role. Good photos are born of various eras, countries, areas, and devices, but the feeling they portray never fades, but rather the strength they embody grows stronger with time. Because of this, the most important quality a camera can have is neutrality. It should assimilate into the photographer's eyes, hands, and heart.

What is image quality?

A photo is a record of light. The important thing for a camera is to capture the various types of light in the world, as is. However, this also means that a camera should not do so excessively. No matter how advanced the digital technology, the GR believes that the most important facets of a camera are a lens that collects light, and optical performance. The power to communicate the appeal of an object resides in a photo taken through a good lens.

What is a snapshot?

The GR knows that the basis of shooting photos is the snapshot. What drama awaits one second in the future? The ability to react to that moment is the appeal, and depth of a photo. In taking snapshots, there is no such thing as a pro or amateur. The important thing is sensibility and instantaneous force. Snapshots embody the aggregate of true pleasure of photography. Always carry a camera that can respond quickly, and capture high quality images. The GR will continue to strive to be the pinnacle in snapshot cameras.

What is 28mm* fixed focal length?

28mm is the perfect angle of view for capturing photos of society. It is also the perfect perspective to make the main subjects, whether they are people or objects, stand out from around the visual fields of both eyes. It is quite simply the perfect angle of view for a snapshot camera. While focusing on a fixed focal length, we have not compromised one iota on image quality. Sometimes this means that the photographer must take another step closer to the main subject, but that is also what a snapshot is all about. Sharp and decisive footwork to get up close, and sometimes dare to put a bit of distance between you and the subject. That, we believe, is the true essence of photography.

*equivalent to 28mm in the 35mm format

What is mobility

When thinking of readiness to capture a photo opportunity, there isn't much sense in timing the speed of each specific operation independently. Portability that allows the camera to be taken out anywhere, button layout for basic one-handed operation, start-up and shut-down speed, extremely short shutter time lag, high-speed focus, inner barrier, and sufficient battery life. Each aspect that affects the total response time should be balanced. For example, the GR is ready and able to respond to those decisive moments just around the corner. What kind of photo can you capture when the best image quality meets the best mobility? Isn't it exciting just to imagine?

What is a camera?

An excellent camera is one that works in concert with the user's intention, always providing comfortable feedback. For cameras, that means an agile response, a comfortable grip, pleasant controls, optimized button and control layout, and the flexibility to customize the functions to match its use. These reflect the photographer's intent, and help in stress-free operation. The better you get to know the ins and outs of such a camera, the more you can make it suit your style. For these reasons, a good camera is a hard thing to let go of. In some cases, you may be inspired by the potential of this “tool” and become more motivated to take photographs, and a camera like that could come to be called your favorite thing. The GR puts emphasis on the details that cannot be expressed in the specifications of the catalog.

What is design?

The GR knows that excellent design is design that is unobtrusive. Good design speaks of the essence of a thing, and of the values of the owner. The GR does away with ostentation, keeping a simple, functional design. The GR design may seem to be relatively unchanged, however, this is not because we have decided never to change it. The design evolves along with the goal of the best possible design. We hope you never tire of it no matter how long you use it, and that it becomes a part of you, a partner that you'll never let go of.

What is emotion?

Even if technology can excite us, technology alone cannot continue to shake the hearts of man over and over again. It can be said that how much love is put into a product is important. The GR was born not simply of concepts that rely on the power of technology, or manufacturing processes devised by marketing techniques, but from what we believe the ideal snapshot camera should be. The fact that a photo recorded in this small camera can move many people, in turn moves us, and gives us the power to press forward onto the next challenge to make an even better GR.

 

CONCEPT
The GR's abiding concept

Unchanging concept

The most powerful snapshot camera

Commitment to intrinsic value

Coexistence of high image quality and portability

Pursuit of an excellent camera

Good feedback
The more it’s used,
the less you want to let go of it

 

GR | Concept Movie

PRINCIPLES
There are five development principles for GR.

We do not compete in a number game using catalog specs

"The World's Best" is a sweet temptation for manufacturers. However, we believe that this statement in itself is meaningless. We know that the subtleties which cannot be expressed by specifications are important.

We do not install a function only because it is a fad

We don't chase easy trends. "Is this right for the GR?" This is the only standard we base decisions on, always asking this question because we want to create new value.

We do not design only to draw attention

Only a form that fits the function, and designs that will stand the test of time as a camera will remain. We aim for design that is unnoticeable, design that feels as if it has always been there.

We do not change models easily

The most important thing is how long the camera will be used. For us, each and every person who has already bought a GR will always be important.

Always challenge and propose something new

The only camera that can beat the GR is the next generation GR. We want to always continue trying out new plans and proposals. Always exceed users' expectations. We believe that is the GR's role.

 

EPILOGUE

Big ideas in a small camera. This may seem a bit dramatic, but the environment surrounding cameras and photos of late makes us think that there should be at least one camera that fits into the ideas expressed above. As long as there are people who resonate with something in this GR Story, and continue to grow along with us, the GR will continue to grow and evolve.

Grab your GR and go on a journey. Watch as communication is born. Today will find another photo somewhere in the world that moves the hearts of us all. That is our wish.
PHOTO "GR" APHER -Always in the heart of photographer. GR.

 

Overview

The ultimate snapshot camera for the times.

While remaining true to its unchanging concept, the GR continues to evolve.

Superb image quality and portability for recording everything you see.

Speed that is ready to capture split-second photo opportunities.

Ease of use and reliability as a tool of creative expression.

The GR III is the new destination for such a search.

This model offers the very essence of recording instants in time as photos.

Experience the essence of the GR.

 

High Image Quality 

The newly developed GR lens & Shake Reduction

This model is equipped with a new GR lens that surpasses all other GR lenses with its amazing optical performance.
A six-element, four-group optical system is used to achieve images that are sharp from the center to the edge with clear depiction. The optical system is slim and compact so the body can accommodate an in-camera Shake Reduction mechanism. The effects of camera shake on image quality are minimized and the full capabilities of the newly designed GR lens optical performance are maximized for a variety of scenes.

24.2 M APS-C size image sensor

Approximately 24.24 effective megapixels deliver high image quality, and an anti-aliasing filterless construction delivers high-definition rendering even in the finest details.

Low noise, maximum ISO 102400

Original noise reduction processing results in high image quality even at high ISO sensitivity. 14-bit RAW recording is also supported for rich tonal reproduction. 

The newly developed GR ENGINE 6

A newly developed imaging processor delivers further improvements in high image quality performance, elaborately detailed imaging across the entire sensitivity range, and superb color reproduction.

 

Quick Response

High-speed hybrid AF

Image plane phase-matching AF delivers high-speed AF and contrast-detection AF offers superb focusing precision. The best of these two types are combined to make a hybrid AF. The common issue of searching for focus peaks in contrast-detection AF has been significantly reduced on this model. The hybrid system delivers faster autofocus and greater precision.

Shake Reduction mechanism for 4 steps* of compensation

This model uses the sensor-shift type, Shake Reduction mechanism. It delivers compensation on three axes.
*Shutter speed conversion. CIPA standard.

Direct controls

The camera is equipped with an LCD monitor that supports touch operations and a convenient control dial. These features provide quick control over AF frame movement and menu access.

 

Portability

Made more compact to achieve the ultimate in snapshot cameras

The body size of this model is about the same as the GR DIGITAL IV (model with a 1/1.7 type image sensor) while delivering a completely new dimension of performance for the GR series. Controls are improved while maintaining the pursuit of portability, bringing us one step closer to the ultimate snapshooter.

 

Evolving

Expanded functionality firmware for an ever-evolving GR III

The GR III keeps evolving with the latest firmware updates. The expanded functionality firmware is provided to add new features and setting operations.Click here for the latest information.

Flexible customization

Frequently used functions can be assigned to the ADJ lever and Fn button. Other controls can also be customized for fine tuning camera operation, making the camera easier to use and to match your shooting style.

Image Control & JPEG image adjustment

The GR III features many selections of advanced image creation functions. Image adjustment parameters have been redesigned to 10 Image Control options for shooting. During playback, image tones of JPEG can be adjusted and saved as a new file.

 

Features

A new dimension in descriptive performance

High resolution and high contrast.
Introducing the sharp imaging of the newly developed GR lens

The GR lens with a new lens construction was developed for even better image quality. This lens uses a slim optical system with six elements in four groups while maintaining the 18.3 mm (35 mm format equivalent: 28 mm) focal length and brightness of F2.8. High-refractive index, low dispersion glass and aspherical high-precision molded glass lenses are optimally placed in the lens construction to suppress distortion and chromatic aberration to the absolute limit, delivering a high level of sharpness. This results in images that are sharp and clear across the entire frame even from the widest aperture setting.

 

The detailed descriptive power of the 24.2 M large APS-C size image sensor

This model is equipped with a high-resolution, wide dynamic range APS-C size CMOS image sensor (approx. 24.24 effective megapixels). It has approximately 1.5 times the pixels of the GR II and an anti-aliasing filterless construction that utilizes the characteristics of the high-resolution lens for high-definition detail reproduction. Both the image sensor and lens are also optimized for the best possible image quality.

 

Advanced image processing and responsiveness.
Meet the new GR ENGINE 6

The imaging processor on this model is the new GR ENGINE 6. It elevates the essential high image quality performance of the GR for an even greater level of detail. Faster processing makes a high pixel count image sensor and multi-level gradation in 14-bit RAW possible. This also contributes to improved responsiveness and functionality for autofocus and movie.

 

Shooting at ISO 102400 is possible with our original signal processing technology

A high-performance processor "Accelerator Unit" has been adopted on this model as a powerful way to support high image quality. The signal output by the image sensor is sent to the image processor after being optimally handled.
This reduces noise, delivering superb resolution and color reproduction across the entire sensitivity range. It also makes it possible to shoot at ISO 102400.

 

3-axis, 4-step Shake Reduction for high image quality across a wide shooting range

Camera shake is reduced for crisp images even when taking split-second snapshots. Shake Reduction is installed while making the body size of the GR III more compact than its predecessor model. It minimizes the shake on three axes, including yaw, pitch and raw. Compensation effects deliver as many as 4 steps of shutter speed*.
*CIPA standard.

 

AA filter simulator for reducing false colors and moiré thanks to Shake Reduction mechanism

The effects of the optical anti-aliasing (AA) filter are obtained with Shake Reduction. Moving the image sensor slightly during the exposure suppresses false colors and moiré. You can choose whether to prioritize resolution or reducing false colors and moiré depending on your subject. Choose [High] or [Low] for effect settings.
● Sufficient functionality may be achieved when the shutter speed is slower than 1/1000 second.

 

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Specifications

Lens

Lens Construction

6 elements in 4 groups (2 aspherical lens elements)

Focal Length, Aperture

18.3mm (Approx. 28mm in 35mm equivalent focal length), F2.8~F16


Image Capture Unit

Image Sensor

Type: Primary color filter CMOS. Size: 23.5mm x 15.6mm

Effective Pixels

Approx. 24.24 megapixels

Sensitivity (Standard output)

ISO100~102400: Auto (ISO Auto Lower/Upper Limit and Minimum Shutter Speed can be set), Manual:

Image Stabilization

Sensor-shift shake reduction (SR)(3-axis)

AA Filter Simulator

Moiré reduction using SR unit (Off, Low, High)

Dust Removal

Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations "DR II"


File Formats

Still Image

File Format: RAW (DNG) 14bit, JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant

Color Space: sRGB、AdobeRGB

Recorded Pixels:

【3:2】L(24M:6000x4000), M(15M:4800x3200), S(7M:3360x2240), XS(2M:1920x1280)

【1:1】L(16M:4000x4000), M(10M:3200x3200), S(5M:2240x2240), XS(1.6M:1280x1280)

Movie

File Format: MPEG4 AVC/H.264 (MOV)

Recorded Pixels: Full HD (1920x1080, 60p/30p/24p), Sound: Built-in stereo microphone

Recording Time: Up to 25 minutes or 4GB; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.

Storage Medium

Internal Memory (Approx. 2GB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Conforms to UHS-I standards)


Focus

Type

Hybrid AF (Image plane phase-matching and Contrast detection)

Focus Mode

Auto-area AF, Zone AF, Select AF, Pinpoint AF, Tracking AF, Continuous AF, MF, Snap, 

Face Detection

ON, Use only in Auto-area, OFF

Focus Range (From lens face)

Normal: Approx. 0.1m~, Macro Mode: Approx. 0.06m~0.12m


Exposure

Exposure Mode

Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual Exposure

Metering Mode

Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot, Highlight-weighted

Shutter Speed

1/4000 sec. - 30 sec. (Limit by aperture setting F2.8: 1/2500 sec, F5.6 or greater: 1/4000 sec.)

Timed Exposure (10sec. - 20min.), Bulb, Time

EV Compensation

Still Image: ±5EV, 1/3EV steps, Movie: ±2EV, 1/3EV steps

ND Filter (2EV)

AUTO, ON, OFF


White Balance

White Balance

Auto White Balance, Multi Auto White Balance, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fl. - Daylight Color, Fl. - Daylight White, Fl. - Cool White, Fl. - Warm White, Tungsten, CTE, Manual White Balance, Color Temperature

Fine Adjustment

Adjustable ±14 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis


Drive Mode

Drive Mode

Single Frame Shooting, Continuous Shooting, Bracketing, Multi-exposure, Interval Shooting, Interval Composite

Self-timer

10 sec., 2 sec., OFF


Shooting Functions

Crop

35mm, 50mm, OFF

Image Control

Standard, Vivid, Monotone, Soft Monotone, Hard Monotone, Hi-Contrast B&W, Positive Film, Bleach Bypass, Retro, HDR Tone, Custom1, Custom2

Adjust parameters: Saturation, Hue, High/Low Key Adjustment, Contrast, Contrast (Highlight), Contrast (Shadow), Sharpness, Shading, Clarity, Toning, Filter Effect, Grain Effect*, HDR Tone Level (Adjust parameter varies depending on the selected image setting)

* This parameter can be applied by firmware ver. 1.20. Please download from here.

Dynamic Range Correction

Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction

Noise Reduction

Slow Shutter Speed Noise Reduction, High-ISO Noise Reduction

Display

Display magnification (4x, 16x), Grid display (4x4 Grid, 3x3 Grid), Histogram, Bright area warning, Electronic Level


Playback Functions

Playback View

Single frame, Multi-image (20, 48 frames), Display magnification (up to 16x, 100% view and Quick Zoom view available), Histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), Grid display (3x3 Grid, 4x4 Grid), Bright area warning, Auto Image Rotation,

Base Parameter Adjustment

Brightness, Saturation, Hue, Contrast, Sharpness

RAW Development

Aspect Ratio, JPEG Recorded Pixels, Color Space, White Balance, Image Control, Peripheral Illumination Correction, Sensitivity, High-ISO Noise Reduction, Shadow Correction

Edit

Resize, Cropping, Levels Adjustment, White Balance Adjustment, Color Moiré Correction, Movie Edit (Cut), Movie Edit (Divide)


LCD Monitor

LCD Monitor Type

3.0 inch TFT color LCD (aspect ratio 3:2)、Approx. 1037K dots, Wide viewing angle, Air-gapless tempered glass

Touch Screen

Capacitive sensing method

Adjustments

Brightness, Saturation, Blue/Amber, Green/Magenta, Outdoor View Setting: ±2 Steps


Wireless LAN

Standards

IEEE 802.11b/g/n (HT20) (Wireless LAN standard protocol)

Frequency (Center Frequency)

2412MHz~2462MHz (1ch~11ch)

Security

Authentication: WPA2, Encryption: AES


Bluetooth®

Standards

Bluetooth® v4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy)

Frequency (Center Frequency)

2402MHz~2480MHz (CH0~CH39)


Interfaces

USB Type-C™

Battery Recharge/Power Supply (Optional AC Adapter required), Data Transfer: MTP, Video output: DisplayPort over USB-C (DisplayPort Alternative Mode)

Hotshoe

Compatible with P-TTL Auto Flash

Flash Mode: Flash On, Flash On+Red-eye, Slow-speed Sync, Slow Sync+Red-eye

Flash Exposure Compensation: -2.0 -+1.0

Lens adapter pin

Available


Power Supply

Battery Type

Rechargeable Battery DB-110

AC Adapter

AC Adapter Kit K-AC166(Optional)

Battery Life

Number of recordable images: Approx. 200 images,

* With a fully-charged Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery under the temperature at 23°C. Tested in compliance with CIPA standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting condition.

Playback time: Approx. 180 minutes

* The playback time is a guide based on RICOH's measurement method . The actual number differs according to usage conditions.


Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions

Approx. 109.4(W)×61.9(H)×33.2(D)mm (excluding protrusions)

Weight

Approx. 257g (Included dedicated battery and SD memory card), Approx. 227g (Body only)

 

Included Accessories

Rechargeable Battery DB-110, USB Power Adapter, Power Plug, USB Cable I-USB166, Handstrap

 

Language

English, French, Germany, Spanish, Portuguese, Italy, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkey, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese

 

Operating Environment

It is confirmed that a USB connection can be established between the camera and the following OSs.

Windows®

Windows®10(FCU, CU) (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows® 8.1(32-bit, 64bit), Windows® 8(32-bit, 64-bit), or Windows® 7(32-bit, 64-bit)

Mac

macOS 10.14 Mojave, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, macOS 10.12 Sierra, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, OS X 10.10 Yosemite


 

Included items

  • Rechargeable Battery DB-110
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Power Plug
  • USB Cable I-USB166
  • Handstrap