Features & Controls

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The GR Digital III features a wide angle 28mm equivalent fixed lens. This is an all-glass optic comprised of 8 elements in 6 groups, including  two aspherical elements and two aspherical surfaces. The aperture range is F1.9 - F9. When powered down the lens retracts into the camera and is protected by an automatic lens barrier, no lens cap is required.

The contrast detection AF system has a focus range of 30cm (11.8 in.) to infinity in normal mode. Macro focus mode coverage is from 1cm (0.39 in.) to infinity.




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Like all of Ricoh's GR Digital models, the GR3 offers all kinds of optional accessories. Among these ins the Hood and Lens Adapter GH-2 above. This unit allows you to attach 43mm diameter filters as well as their wide angle conversion lens.



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Here you can see the GR3 with the optional GW-2 0.75x Wide Conversion lens and GH-2 adapter attached. The GW-2 lens captures images at an equivalent focal length of 21mm, and includes a rubber lens hood (not shown). You can also see the optional GV-1 external optical viewfinder, which attaches via the flash hot shoe. 



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The built-in manual pop-up flash is mounted at the top left hand side of the camera. This tiny unit offers Auto, Red-eye-Reduction, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Manual Flash, and Flash Off modes . The effective range is 7.9 in. to 9.8 ft. (20cm to 3.0m) using ISO Auto. Using the optional conversion lens will change the effective flash coverage. You can also see the flash release located along the side of the camera.  


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The hot shoe is designed for use with the newly announced GF-1 external flash unit as well as the GV-1 and GV-2 optical viewfinders. These viewfinders are great to use when wanting to conserve precious battery life, or when following fast moving subjects in Burst mode. However, remember that these viewfinders only cover approx 80-85% of the captured image; therefore, the image you captured may not look like the one you framed in the viewfinder.


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The GF-1 external TTL flash unit offers a wide angle diffuser panel, and can cover lenses up to 18mm (equivalent). This unit is powered by four AAA batteries, and will be available sometime this fall (2009).



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On the top you'll find the Power On/Off button and the Mode Dial which has positions for: Auto, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority, Manual, Scene (Dynamic Range, Skew Correct, Text, Movie), and My Mode 1/2/3. To rotate the dial, you first have to press the release button at the top. Next to that is the shutter release, and out on the front edge is the Sub command dial.



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Controls on the back: In the upper right hand corner you can see a rocker switch which looks like your typical zoom lens control. However, because the GR3 has a fixed lens, this control is used to toggle several camera functions, like exposure compensation or digital zoom. When in playback mode, it is still used to activate the Index and Magnify viewing options. Over to the left is the ADJust button/lever, which gives you quick access to a shortcut menu with options for white balance, ISO, image size/quality, image mode (vivid, standard, etc.), and AE/AF lock. You can also customize the available option show via the Key Custom Options menu.

The Green Play button enters review or playback mode. Next we have the 4-way controller. It lets you navigate menus and select images during playback. In record mode you press "Right" to change flash mode, and press "Down" to enable Macro focus mode. The Fn1 or "Left" button can be set to a variety of functions via the Key Custom Options menu. The MENU/Ok button in the center calls up and dismisses the main menus, and accepts selections. Next is the Self-timer/Fn2 button, which also acts as the Delete button in playback mode. Lastly we have the DISPlay button, it controls the amount of overlay information on the LCD as well as activates the live histogram and grid lines.


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The I/O ports are on the right hand side:At the top is the Audio-Video Out, which lets you connect the GR3 to a TV set with the supplied cable. The video signal is selectable for NTSC or PAL standard. The USB 2.0 (high-speed) port on the bottom connects the camera to a computer to download images and movies. The GR Digital III is also PictBridge compatible, so you can also plug the USB cable into any compatible printer for direct printing.




ricoh_gr3_sd.jpgThe GR3 is equipped with approx. 88MB of internal memory, and also features a SD/SDHC memory card slot. Ricoh does not specify the maximum card size allowed, however we had no problems using this SanDisk Ultra II 4GB SDHC card.


Mode No. of
Pixels Recorded
Quality Internal
Memory
1GB 2GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB
Still RAW 3648
x
2736
4 51 104 204 417 836 1677
F 3648
x
2736
22 240 487 957 1957 3922 7867
N 3648
x
2736
38 414 842 1653 3379 6769 13579
RAW 3648
x
2432
5 57 116 229 469 939 1884
F 3648
x
2432
25 269 548 1077 2202 4412 8851
N 3648
x
2432
43 465 945 1856 3795 7602 15251
RAW 2736
x
2736
6 68 138 271 554 1110 2227
F 2736
x
2736
29 319 647 1270 2596 5202 10435
N 2736
x
2736
50 544 1097 2155 4405 8824 17702
N 3264
x
2448
47 512 1041 2045 4181 8376 16802
N 2592
x
1944
72 775 1576 3094 6325 12671 24518
N 2048
x
1536
109 1184 2363 4640 9486 19905 38125
N 1280
x
960
175 1888 3840 7541 15415 30882 61951
N 640
x
480
705
7553 15359 30159 61643 123489 247716
Text 3648
x
2736
38 414 842 1653 3379 6769 13879
2048
x
1536

109 1184 2363 4640 9486 19905 38125
Movie 640 x 480
15frames/sec
1min
42sec.
18min
20sec.
37min
17sec.
76min
41sec.
149min
40sec.
299min
50sec.
601min
28sec.
640 x 480
30frames/sec
51sec. 9min
15sec.
18min
49sec.
38min
41sec.
75min
31sec.
151min
18sec.
303min
31sec.
320 x 240
15frames/sec
4min
19sec.
46min
19sec.
94min
11sec.
193min
41sec.
378min
2sec.
757min
18sec.
1519min
7sec.
320 x 240
30frames/sec
2min
12sec.
23min
42sec.
48min
13sec.
99min
8sec.
193min
30sec.
387min
39sec.
777min
37sec.
* For shooting capacity, the number of images and time are estimates




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The camera is powered by either the included DB-65 3.6V 1250 mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion battery pack or two standard AAA-type batteries (alkaline, NiMH, etc.). Ricoh claims approx. 370 shots using the included Li-ion battery pack, or up to 25 shots with dry alkaline AAA cells.

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