Ricoh Finally Unveils the Long Awaited GR III

(Ricoh GR II shown)

The Ricoh GR II was a legendary, groundbreaking digital camera that excelled in street photography when it came out three years ago. It was compact, had a fixed wide angle lens and delivered remarkable images. Even though it came out only three years ago... a lot has happened in the digital camera world since them. Even though cameras have improved dramatically, the GR II is still highly sought after.

Ricoh announced at the 2018 Photokina the development of the next iteration of the GR line, the GR III.

The new camera will have a brand 24.24-megapixel APS-C sensor. Minimum ISO of 100 and minimum focusing distance of just 3.3 feet. It will be able to record still images in 14-bit RAW as well as JPEG and 1080P video for up to 25 minutes or 4GB (whatever comes first) in stereo sound.

It has a 2GB internal storage card as well as an SD card slot. It's a compact camera that weighs just 0.57lb (257g) with a battery and memory card. The lens has been upgraded as well with a brand new 18.3mm F/2.8 (which gives it a 28mm equivalent in 35mm full frame sensor.

It also has hybrid autofocus which uses a mix of both contrast and phase detection and 3-axis sensor-shift shake reduction. When you combine the shake reduction with the relatively wide angle lens you should get nothing but sharp in focus images.

It has Wi-Fi like the GR II and a hot shoe for a flash. It also retains the crop feature to shoot 50mm equivalent cropped images and adds a touchscreen on the back.

The GR series from Ricoh is a legendary camera. It's discreet and is capable of taking fantastic on the fly wide-angle images. If you're traveling and don't want to bring a lot of lenses, I personally would bring a full frame mirrorless with 50 or a 65mm lens and then something like a Ricoh GR III for wide shots. It's easier to alternate between cameras than to have a giant zoom or carry multiple lenses.

The real big question with the GR III is this. Is it enough? It doesn't have an articulating screen, no 4K video and is kind of limited. If it's anything like its predecessor then it will take amazing images, but at what price? Like I said earlier, cameras have changed a lot in the last year and if it's well over a thousand dollars, is it still worth it? Now, we have no idea how much it will cost as that information isn't available yet. But it's something that I think a lot of people will consider.

The new RICOH GR III will be released sometime in early 2019.