Ricoh GR IIIx Review

Ricoh GR IIIx Review

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.

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Ricoh GR IIIx, Black, Digital Compact Camera with 24MP APS-C Size CMOS...

Last update was on: May 27, 2023 2:08 pm

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 ResolutionEffective: 24.24 Megapixel (6000 x 4000)
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2
Sensor TypeAPS-C CMOS
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift (3-Axis)


Focal Length26.1mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 40mm)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Focus RangeNormal
7.9″ to Infinity / 0.2 m to Infinity
4.72″ to 4.72″ / 0.12 m to 0.12 cm
Optical Design7 Elements in 5 Groups

Exposure Control

ISO SensitivityAuto, 100 to 102400
Shutter Speed1/4000 to 30 Seconds
0.17 to 20 Minutes in Bulb Mode
0.17 to 20 Minutes in Time Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Highlight, Multi, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White BalanceAuto, CTE, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (White), Manual, Multi Auto WB, Shade, Tungsten
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/10-Second Delay
Internal Recording ModesH.264/MPEG-4
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps
Recording LimitUp to 25 Minutes
Broadcast OutputNTSC
Audio RecordingBuilt-In Microphone (Stereo)


Resolution1,037,000 Dot
Display TypeFixed Touchscreen LCD


Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesFlash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe


Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Internal Memory2 GB
ConnectivityUSB-C (USB 3.0 / 3.1/3.2 Gen 1)


Battery Type1 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
Weight9.2 oz / 262 g (With Battery, Recording Media)

Packaging Info

Package Weight1.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.9 x 5.5 x 3.9″

Final Verdict

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Ricoh GR IIIx, Black, Digital Compact Camera with 24MP APS-C Size CMOS...

Last update was on: May 27, 2023 2:08 pm

The Ricoh GR IIIx is a pocket-sized digital camera that packs a significant amount of power into its design and produces images of extraordinary quality. Its small form factor and fixed lens with a focal length similar to 28 millimeters make it ideal for documentary and street photographers who place a premium on mobility as well as image quality.

The lens of the GR IIIx is one of the most notable aspects of this camera. Images captured with the 28mm f/2.8 lens are crisp and detailed, with very little visible distortion. It provides a wide-angle view that works exceptionally well for photographing landscapes, environmental portraiture, and street scenes. Additionally, the lens works exceptionally well in low-light settings, enabling photographers to take pictures in difficult lighting circumstances without sacrificing the quality of the images they capture.

The GR IIIx features an APS-C sensor that is 24.2-megapixels in resolution, which enables it to capture photographs with an exceptional dynamic range and remarkable level of detail. The image quality of the camera is especially impressive in terms of the color reproduction it provides. It renders tones that are really rich and bright, and they perfectly portray the scene. The excellent resolution of the sensor enables sufficient cropping and post-processing freedom for the photographer.




Joseph is a talented photographer and videographer based in the USA, with a thriving career as a freelance creative. Over the past several years, he has had the privilege of working with renowned brands, capturing captivating images and videos. His portfolio encompasses a diverse range of subjects, specializing in fashion, portrait, and lifestyle content creation. From editorial shoots to engaging social media videos, Joseph's versatile skills ensure exceptional visual storytelling in every project. Beyond his professional endeavors, he nurtures a personal passion for travel and nature photography, channeling his deep appreciation for the environment into a commitment to sustainability and environmental causes.

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