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Ricoh GR III Full Review - Performance

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Ricoh GR III Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera, examining full-size sample photos, ISO test images, video quality and more. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.25secs (full-snap off)
0.1secs (full-snap on)
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo  0.7secs
Shot to Shot (without Flash) 0.6secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG 4fps (continuous)
Continuous Shooting - RAW 
(shots before slow down)
4fps (10 shots)

Focus is quite quick, and by using full-press snap, you can take photos instantly at a set focus distance. Shot to shot times are good, although the continuous shooting speed is average. 


Ricoh GR III Sample Photos

The camera is capable of taking very sharp, detailed photos. Anti-aliasing was occassionally seen, and this can be countered by using the Anti-Aliasing filter simulator - there are options of low and high. The majority of time, there are minimal signs of vignetting, with an option to correct this automatically in the camera (under the Peripheral illumination Correction option). The camera was generally resistant to flare, except when shooting with a bright light source (such as the sun) in the frame. There are crop options to take the 28mm equivalent lens to 35mm equivalent, or 50mm equivalent. 

Using the macro mode, you can shoot objects that are between 6cm and 12cm away from the camera. This moves the whole lens forwards to enable closer focus, and the out-of-focus areas produce pleasing looking bokeh, and background blur.


Ricoh GR III ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - For best results, the lower ISO speeds are best. Results look very good up to ISO1600, and good up to ISO3200, with more detail dropping off after this. Noise is quite grainy, and is reasonable up to ISO6400 / ISO12800, although it's likely that this is the highest speed you'll want to use. You're going to want to avoid using ISO25600 as noise is high, and detail is low. The highest ISO speeds of ISO51200 and ISO102400 are best avoided altogether, as noise is excessive. 


Ricoh GR III White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - There are options for auto white balance (AWB) and Multi-Area auto white balance, you also have the option of "High" or "Low" correction when shooting in Tungsten Light. These shots were taken with correction set to "High". Despite this setting being on, the correction is quite subtle, with a warm image produced under Tungsten lighting. The Tungsten preset gives a much more accurate result. AWB gives a warm result under mixed lighting, and a slightly warm result under Fluorescent lighting. There are four different fluorescent presets to choose from, and we went for the one which gave the best result for our lights.


Ricoh GR III Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are a number of different colour options (and effects), and these allow you to customise the saturation, hue, high/low key adjustment, contrast, contrast (highlight), contrast (shadow), sharpness, shading, and clarity. The built-in HDR mode gives a fairly unnatural look to the images. There is no automatic panoramic shooting mode. 


Video - The Ricoh GR III offers FullHD video recording at 60fps, 30fps, and 24fps. Strangely there are no options to record at 50 or 25fps. Video quality looks very blocky with jagged edges when recording at 60fps, however, this effect is less noticeable when recording at 30fps. Focus can be slow, when recording using continuous auto-focus, and the camera will quite regularly lose focus. The focus options are AF, MF, Snap and Infinite, with seemingly no control over whether the auto-focus is continuous or set when you first start recording. You can't select the ISO speed in video mode.  


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22 Feb 2019 1:57AM

Quote:Ricoh have been able to add Dust Reduction to the camera, to help remove any dust from the sensor, however, this hopefully shouldn't be an issue, as the camera doesn't let you change lenses.
Have you completely missed the dust problem with compact "pocketable" cameras like the Sony RX100 and Canon G5X/G7XG9X? The lens extends from the body every time you turn it on, and this sucks air and dust into the body of the camera. And of course the lint from your pocket gets on the camera, and the groves around the lens tubes collect This dust. This is worse than dust problems with interchangeable lens cameras because 1) ILCs do not create a vacuum even when having the lens changed (I just point mine down). 2) you cannot blow out any dust in these extending compacts. Dust goes in; dust mostly forever stays in.

Or is this just me? I wanted a pocketable camera last year. After buying (and returning) a used Canon that explicitly claimed it had no dust and finding lots of dust anyway (thanks blue sky), I decided that I'd need to need to carry such a camera in a dust-blocking bag to make it truly pocketable. This is apparently a design problem that can't be fixed (sort of a HEPA filter around the lens tube). I ended up ordering an Olympus E-PL8 and carrying it with a pancake lens.
joshwa Plus
9 914 1 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2019 1:10PM
We've updated this article.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
16 Mar 2019 5:51PM
The King of street photography strikes another home run.

Have used a GR 1 and GR2 for a combination of 7+ years, no dust.
21 Mar 2019 9:52AM
I received mine yesterday and have been struggling...The touch screen I turned off straight away. The mistakingly-touched overrides any benefit it has, and the UI of the GR series is so intuitive anyway, it's fast enough without the screen.
The ADJ direct ISO option has gone! Arrgh. This was an amazing feature Brough in as firmware update to the GRD3 about 10 years ago (ish) and has been on every GR/d since.
Fn2 button has gone.
Flash isn't a big deal but nice to have...can do without.
Start up is noticeably faster.
Focus hunts in anything but the best light, in which case it's lightning fast.

Hopefully firmware will reinstate these missing features. Right now, the GRii is the better camera.

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