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Ricoh launches RICOH GR III high-end, compact digital camera

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Ricoh GR III high-end compact digital camera now officially announced. The Ricoh GR III is a premium APS-C format compact camera aimed at enthusiast photographers.

The camera has a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor on board as well as a new wide-angle 18.3mm f/2.8 GR lens, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm terms.

The Ricoh GR III will start shipping in March for $899. A new 0.75x wide-angle adapter (GW-4) will also be available for $249. Check pre-orders at (B&H Photo Video/Adorama) .

Ricoh launches RICOH GR III high-end, compact digital camera

Ricoh GR III Key Specifications

  • APS-C sensor
  • 24.23 megapixels, no low pass filter
  • Magnesium alloy frame
  • 14-bit RAW files
  • 28mm F2.8 lens with a 9 blade aperture and integrated lens cover
  • 6 elements in 4 groups to help reduce the size of the lens barrel
  • 3-Axis image stabilisation, 4 stops of compensation
  • Dust Removal II system
  • Anti-aliasing filter simulator to eliminate moire
  • 6cm macro mode
  • Fixed 3-inch touchscreen LCD with 1.04-million-dot resolution, outdoor view setting
  • ISO 100-102400
  • Hybrid AF system that uses phase and contrast detection
  • 8 types of AF, including continuous AF and Face AF modes
  • 10 image filters
  • HDR effect
  • In-camera RAW editing
  • Interval shooting
  • Multi-exposure mode, up to 2000 images
  • 35mm and 50mm crop modes (reduced megapixels)
  • Built in ND filter
  • Customisable ADJ selector and Fn button
  • 3 User shooting modes
  • Bluetooth and wi-fi connectivity via the Ricoh ImageSync app
  • 2Gb built-in memory
  • USB Type C port for charging
  • DCI 4K video at up to 30p, 6K sampling
  • 1080p video at 60fps
  • Single SD memory card slot
  • USB battery charging

From the press text

The RICOH GR III features a newly designed lens, image sensor and imaging engine that further upgrade image quality, enhance functionality and improve usability. The 18.3mm F2.8 lens delivers exceptional imaging performance with a slim design, consisting of six optical elements in four groups, while retaining the 28mm angle of view. It produces the clearest, sharpest images in GR-series history while reducing distortion and chromatic aberration. It also comes equipped with a macro shooting capability with a minimum focusing distance of six centimeters.

In keeping with the GR-series concept of packaging high image quality in a compact design, the RICOH GR III camera body is smaller than its predecessor, and is equipped with a large APS-C-size CMOS image sensor with approximately 24.24 effective megapixels to produce high-resolution images. Its short start-up time of approximately 0.8 seconds allows for quick, responsive shooting. The camera’s high-definition LCD monitor features touchscreen operation, offering intuitive control of various camera functions right on the screen.

The camera also features a high-speed hybrid autofocus system, built-in shake reduction, in- camera image finishing options, USB Type-CTM, Bluetooth and wireless LAN connectivity options. An accessory wide-angle conversion lens designed exclusively for use with the RICOH GR III is also available. The GW-4 Wide Conversion Lens expands the angle of view to 21mm ultra-wide angle.

“The Ricoh GR III is the ultimate street camera,” said William Hereford, a Brooklyn-based pro photographer, who has been shooting with GR series cameras for years. “The image quality and ease of use are equally amazing. I literally don’t leave my house without this camera. The GR III fits perfectly both in my hand and my pocket, so it is always available to capture a moment.”

Hereford says that the image quality is so great, that photos taken with his GR cameras have the potential to be used in national ad campaigns and magazine articles.

Designed to be the ultimate street photography camera, the RICOH GR III is a totally new breed of GR camera that will give the user new and different creative possibilities.

| Pricing and Availability |

The RICOH GR III will be shipping in March 2019 and will be available at www.us.ricoh– imaging.com and retail outlets nationwide. Price is $899.95 for the camera, $249.95 for the GW-4 Wide Conversion Lens.