The Ricoh GR series has been around since one-hour film laboratories were commonplace, and throughout the years, it has amassed a dedicated following of customers. The newest model, the Ricoh GR IIIx, retails for $999.95 and replaces the wide-angle lens with one that has a bit more of a regular focal length (an equivalent of 40mm), but other than that, it is identical to the GR III, which can still be purchased for $899.95.
The new vision, on the other hand, is captivating and distinctive among the few rival cameras that are still available on the market; the majority of these cameras cover a broader angle. In addition, the compact form can appeal to photographers looking for a pocket camera that isn’t a smartphone.
Ricoh GR IIIx Design
If you’ve ever used one of Ricoh’s earlier GR cameras, you won’t be surprised to see how many similarities there are between this model and its predecessor. Because this was my first time doing something like this, I had to start from square one when figuring out the layout and the menu system.
While its proportions allow it to be easily stowed away in a pocket, the camera weighs 257 grams, making it far from being a featherweight model. I could enjoy the heaviness since the magnesium alloy frame gave the impression that I was holding a competent shooter. This gave me the impression that I was holding a trained shooter.
Without an electronic viewfinder, you may frame your shots using the three-inch TFT LCD on the back of the camera (EVF). In addition to the shutter speed control lever, this area houses the typical navigation buttons for the menu, display, playback, function, and four-way directional controls.
The power button, the shutter button, the dial that selects the shooting mode, and an additional dial that regulates the aperture are all located on the camera’s top. To the left of the dedicated button for video and WiFi connections is the USB-C charging port. To the right of the button is the port itself.
There is a slip near the mode dial for the accompanying lanyard so that you can keep this thing wrapped around your wrist. The hot shoe is located at the top, and there is a mount at the bottom.
Even though a case is not included with purchasing a GR IIIx, it is recommended that you purchase one so that the camera may be stored safely while it is not in use. Even more so when there is poor weather, since Ricoh did not try to waterproof the camera. This may be because the small design must let the heat it creates escape from someplace, but Ricoh did not take these precautions.
Ricoh GR IIIx Features
Ricoh did not make any changes to the menu structure, therefore all of the default settings are still in the same place. The layout is not overly complicated for those new to the GR series; nonetheless, it is important to spend some time getting familiar with not just where everything is located but also what it is attempting to do.
For example, the shutter speed lever also functions as a button, and when you push it, you can rapidly pick the type of filtration you want to apply to your photographs. This includes shortcuts for focusing, metering, file format, and screen brightness, among other things. Within the directional button, you’ll find the driving modes, as well as easy access to ISO, white balance, and Macro.
Ricoh GR IIIx Image Quality
Some features start working even before the photograph is taken, such as the extremely quick startup time of 0.8 seconds and the Snap Focus feature. Because the maximum number of frames that can be displayed in burst mode is only 4, this is neither a rapid-fire shooter nor can you readily articulate it due to the screen being anchored into the body.
Because the screen’s default brightness is not very high, you may need to increase it to see what you are doing in some circumstances. This will, of course, have an impact on the battery life of the device.
Ricoh GR IIIx Battery Capacity
Ricoh asserts that the GR IIIx can take up to 200 pictures on a single battery charge, however, this is not the case in real-world scenarios; at least, it was not the case for me. I was able to get 115 photographs with the screen brightness set to its default and even include several long exposure photos in the mix before the battery reached a critically low charge.
The greatest round I ever played was 152 shots. It’s a good thing that it can be turned on and off in such a short time because it was the only choice I had to deal with the poor battery life that this camera sadly comes with.
If you intend to use the GR IIIx quite frequently, you will need to make preparations for this fact. You can do so by purchasing an additional battery, carrying a portable battery pack with you at all times, or attempting to keep the screen brightness at its lowest possible level.
Although none of these options is ideal, photographers are used to adjusting their camera gear and coming up with creative solutions when the situation calls for it.
Ricoh GR IIIx Specs
|Sensor Resolution||Effective: 24.24 Megapixel (6000 x 4000)|
|Aspect Ratio||1:1, 3:2|
|Sensor Type||APS-C CMOS|
|Image File Format||JPEG, Raw|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor-Shift (3-Axis)|
|Focal Length||26.1mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 40mm)|
7.9″ to Infinity / 0.2 m to Infinity
4.72″ to 4.72″ / 0.12 m to 0.12 cm
|Optical Design||7 Elements in 5 Groups|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, 100 to 102400|
|Shutter Speed||1/4000 to 30 Seconds|
0.17 to 20 Minutes in Bulb Mode
0.17 to 20 Minutes in Time Mode
|Metering Method||Center-Weighted Average, Highlight, Multi, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority|
|Exposure Compensation||-5 to +5 EV (1/3 EV Steps)|
|White Balance||Auto, CTE, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (White), Manual, Multi Auto WB, Shade, Tungsten|
|Internal Recording Modes||H.264/MPEG-4|
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps
|Recording Limit||Up to 25 Minutes|
|Audio Recording||Built-In Microphone (Stereo)|
|Display Type||Fixed Touchscreen LCD|
|Flash Modes||Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction|
|External Flash Connection||Hot Shoe|
|Media/Memory Card Slot||Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Internal Memory||2 GB|
|Connectivity||USB-C (USB 3.0 / 3.1/3.2 Gen 1)|
|Battery Type||1 x DB-110 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 3.6 VDC, 1350 mAh (Approx. 200 Shots)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||4.3 x 2.4 x 1.4″ / 109.4 x 61.9 x 35.2 mm|
|Weight||9.2 oz / 262 g (With Battery, Recording Media)|
|Package Weight||1.4 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||6.9 x 5.5 x 3.9″|