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Ricoh GR III Full Review - Verdict

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RIcoh GR III (25) (Large)

Value For Money

The Ricoh GR III is priced at £799, which is £200 more than the GR II's RRP of £599. However, looking at the competition, the price is quite reasonable. The closest competitor to the GR III is the retro styled Fujifilm X100F, with 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, and priced at £1199.

Other, older cameras that you could look, if you can find them for sale, includes the Sigma dp1 Quattro, with 29mp Foveon sensor, and Leica X (Typ 113), with 16mp APS-C sensor. Alternatives with a large sensor, and optical zoom:

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, 17mp Four Thirds, £849
Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III, 24mp APS-C, £1089

Have a look at more serious compact cameras in our Top 10 Serious Compact Cameras. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.


Ricoh GR III Verdict

The Ricoh GR III gives high image quality, with sharp detailed images, whilst also giving ample customisation of the output. There are a number of colour presets available, and each of these can be customised with options for saturation, contrast, sharpness, and more. The level of customisation available, and the wide range of options available, means that this camera is likely to be a dream for those that want to tinker, and customise till everything is set up just right. For everyone else, the camera gives great results, straight from the camera, and from the get go, the camera is fast and responsive. With its compact size, and "big camera" image quality, the GR III is something that screams to be used, and taken with you everywhere you go. The fixed 28mm equivalent lens isn't going to be for everyone, but for those that like this focal length, the GR III is well worth investigation. 

The flash has been removed, making the camera smaller. The camera is nigh-on perfect for a street camera, but the lack of a tilting screen is a disappointment, as is the short battery life of the camera, making a spare battery pretty much essential. Video recording is not a strength of the camera, offering a limited range of settings, as well as an odd range of frame rates. Video quality is also lacking. 

It's good to see Ricoh continues to offer a unique, compact, camera with high image quality, and they are to be commended to releasing a product that offers something different to the norm. The Ricoh GR III has one main aim, and that's to be a compact camera with a high quality lens, and high image quality, and it acomplishes this very well. 

Ricoh GR III Pros

  • Compact APS-C camera
  • Shake reduction sensor
  • Excellent lens quality
  • Snap focus gives instant photos
  • Tough build quality
  • Improved macro performance

Ricoh GR III Cons

  • Doesn't offer 4K video recording
  • Poor video quality (and options)
  • Doesn't offer tilting screen
  • Fixed focal length is not for everyone
  • Short battery life

Overall Verdict

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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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