Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Ricoh GR III Announced!

Ricoh GR III Announced!
September 2018, Carl Garrard
Well, as you can see my reporting upcoming news wasn't vapor out of thin air. Ricoh gives us some news about the upcoming Ricoh GR. I really had no idea what Ricoh were going to announce this Photokina, only that they were definitely going to announce something. I am excited to see that a third generation GR will be announced this spring and based on the specifications so far I'm pretty pleased. The new GR III looks to be a bit less wide than its predecessor and the top plate is flush unlike the GRII which had a slight hump for the wifi unit.
Ricoh GR II Pricing

So overall it looks like the external form factor is complete. It looks cleaner and more refined than the GR II to me. We already know it's going to have a 24mp CMOS sensor and built in image stabilization. This leaves room for pixel shift technology and other Pentax like options. So far I don't see two of my personal wishes- weather sealing or an optical finder, but I didn't expect sensor stabilization on such a small body with a big sensor. I will report more here when we have further details on the GR.

From America:

Ricoh to debut highly anticipated RICOH GR III high-end digital compact camera at Photokina 2018

Newest model of the popular RICOH GR series combines exceptional image quality in a compact, lightweight body ideal for street photography

WEST CALDWELL, NJ, September 25, 2018Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced it will debut the highly anticipated RICOH GR III camera at Photokina 2018 — the world’s largest, full-scale trade fair of photographic and imaging products, held September 26-29, in Cologne, Germany. The new camera is the latest model of the RICOH GR series, a lineup of high-end digital compact cameras providing exceptional image quality in a compact, lightweight body ideal for street photography, travel and capturing candid images.

Currently under development, the RICOH GR III features a newly designed lens, image sensor and imaging engine that further upgrade image quality, enhance functionality and improve the user interface.

For more than 20 years, the RICOH GR series has kept to its core concept of optimizing the essential values of a camera — high image quality, snapshot capability and portability — while at the same time making the refinements needed to meet emerging and evolving needs. Because of this, GR-series models have been preferred by a great many photographers, particularly professionals and highly experienced amateurs.

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 available in early 2019 at and retail outlets nationwide.

| About Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation |

Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services.  Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Company Ltd. Is part of Ricoh Group, which operates in about 200 countries and regions.

The company operating now as Ricoh Company Ltd. was originally founded in 1919, under the name Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. and launched its first SLR camera in the 1950s under the PENTAX name. Today, the company continues to produce the heritage-rich, award-winning line of PENTAX DSLR cameras, lenses and sport optics equipment as well as Ricoh’s offering of stylish and compact digital cameras, known for their wide-ranging, rich set of features.

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From Japan:

Developed high-end compact digital camera "RICOH GR III"
~ Reference exhibition at "Photokina 2018" ~

Ricoh Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Yoshinori Yamashita), Ricoh Imaging Co., Ltd. (President: Shinobu Takahashi) is a high-end compact digital camera "GR" series of high image quality and compact lightweight body ideal for snap shooting We are developing the latest model "RICOH GR III". In addition, I will exhibit it as reference to the world's largest photo-imaging total exhibition "Photokina 2018" held from September 26 to September 29 in Cologne, Germany.

In the long history of more than 20 years, the 'GR' series focuses on professional and high amateur while inheriting the basic concept that always sticks to the intrinsic value of the camera of always pursuing high image quality, quick copying and portability. While being supported by many people, it has evolved in various ways according to the times.

Based on an unchanged basic concept, RICOH GR III currently under development is redesigning all major devices such as newly developed lenses, image sensors and image processing engines, pursuing further high image quality, We will strengthen and upgrade various functions and user interface.

Please look forward to the emergence of a new GR that continues to evolve with the aim of becoming the ultimate snapshot.

GR III Major Specifications
LensLens Construction6 elements in 4 groups (2 aspherical lens elements)
Focal Length, Aperture18.3mm (Approx. 28mm in 35mm equivalent focal length), F2.8~F16
Image Capture UnitImage SensorType: Primary color filter CMOS. Size: 23.5mm x 15.6mm
Effective PixelsApprox. 24.24 megapixels
Sensitivity (Standard output)Auto (ISO Auto Lower/Upper Limit and Minimum Shutter Speed can be set), Manual: ISO100~To be finalized
Image StabilizationSensor-shift shake reduction (SR)(3-axis)
AA Filter SimulatorMoiré reduction using SR unit (Off, Low, High)
Dust RemovalImage sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations “DR II”
File FormatsStill ImageFile Format: RAW (DNG) 14bit, JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
Color Space: sRGB、AdobeRGB
Recorded Pixels:
【3:2】L(24M:6000×4000), M(15M:4800×3200), S(7M:3360×2240), XS(2M:1920×1280)
【1:1】L(16M:4000×4000), M(10M:3200×3200), S(5M:2240×2240), XS(1.6M:1280×1280)
MovieFile Format: MPEG4 AVC/H.264 (MOV)
Recorded Pixels: Full HD (1920×1080, 60p/30p/24p), Sound: Built-in stereo microphone
Recording Time: Up to 25 minutes or 4GB; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.
Storage MediumInternal Memory (Approx. 2GB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Conforms to USH-I standards)
FocusTypeHybrid AF (Image plane phase-matching and Contrast detection)
Focus ModeAuto-area AF, Zone AF, Select AF, Pinpoint AF, Tracking AF, Continuous AF, MF, Snap, ∞
Face DetectionON, Use only in Auto-area, OFF
Focus Range (From lens face)Normal: Approx. 0.1m~∞, Macro Mode: Approx. 0.06m~0.12m
ExposureExposure ModeProgram AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual Exposure
Metering ModeMulti-segment, Center-weighted, Spot, Highlight-weighted
Shutter Speed1/4000 sec. – 30 sec. (Limit by aperture setting F2.8: 1/2500 sec, F5.6 or greater: 1/4000 sec.)
Timed Exposure (10sec. – 20min.), Bulb, Time
EV CompensationStill Image: ±5EV, 1/3EV steps, Movie: ±2EV, 1/3EV steps
ND Filter (2EV)AUTO, ON, OFF
White BalanceAuto White Balance, Multi Auto White Balance, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fl. – Daylight Color, Fl. – Daylight White, Fl. – Cool White, Fl. – Warm White, Tungsten, CTE, Manual White Balance, Color Temperature
Fine AdjustmentAdjustable ±14 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis
Drive ModeDriveSingle Frame Shooting, Continuous Shooting, Bracketing, Multi-exposure, Interval Shooting, Interval Composite
Self-timer10 sec., 2 sec., OFF
Shooting FunctionsCrop35mm, 50mm, OFF
Image ControlStandard, Vivid, Monotone, Soft Monotone, Hard Monotone, Hi-Contrast B&W, Positive Film, Bleach Bypass, Retro, HDR Tone, Custom1, Custom2
Adjust parameters: Saturation, Hue, High/Low Key Adjustment, Contrast, Contrast (Highlight), Contrast (Shadow), Sharpness, Shading, Clarity, Toning, Filter Effect, Grain Effect, HDR Tone Level (Adjust parameter varies depending on the selected image setting)
Dynamic Range CorrectionHighlight Correction, Shadow Correction
Noise ReductionSlow Shutter Speed Noise Reduction, High-ISO Noise Reduction
DisplayDisplay magnification (4x, 16x), Grid display (4×4 Grid, 3×3 Grid), Histogram, Bright area warning, Electronic Level
Playback FunctionsPlayback ViewSingle frame, Multi-image (20, 48 frames), Display magnification (up to 16x, 100% view and Quick Zoom view available), Histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), Grid display (3×3 Grid, 4×4 Grid), Bright area warning, Auto Image Rotation,
Base Parameter AdjustmentBrightness, Saturation, Hue, Contrast, Sharpness
RAW DevelopmentAspect Ratio, JPEG Recorded Pixels, Color Space, White Balance, Image Control, Peripheral Illumination Correction, Sensitivity, High-ISO Noise Reduction, Shadow Correction
EditResize, Cropping, Levels Adjustment, White Balance Adjustment, Color Moiré Correction, Movie Edit (Cut), Movie Edit (Divide)
LCD MonitorType3.0 inch TFT color LCD (aspect ratio 3:2)、Approx. 1037K dots, Wide viewing angle, Air-gapless tempered glass
Touch ScreenCapacitive sensing method
AdjustmentsBrightness, Saturation, Blue/Amber, Green/Magenta, Outdoor View Setting: ±2 Steps
Wireless LANStandardsIEEE 802.11b/g/n (HT20) (Wireless LAN standard protocol)
Frequency (Center Frequency)2412MHz~2462MHz (1ch~11ch)
SecurityAuthentication: WPA2, Encryption: AES
InterfacesUSB Type-CBattery Recharge/Power Supply (Optional AC Adapter required), Data Transfer: MTP, Video output: DisplayPort over USB-C (DisplayPort Alternative Mode)
HotshoeCompatible with P-TTL Auto Flash
Flash Mode: Flash On, Flash On+Red-eye, Slow-speed Sync, Slow Sync+Red-eye
Flash Exposure Compensation: -2.0 -+1.0
Lens adapter pinAvailable
Power SupplyBattery TypeDedicated Rechargeable Battery
Battery LifeTo be finalized
Dimensions and WeightDimensionsApprox. 109.4(W)×61.9(H)×33.2(D)mm (excluding protrusions)
WeightApprox. 257g (Included dedicated battery and SD memory card), Approx. 227g (Body only)
Included AccessoriesDedicated Rechargeable Battery, USB Power Adapter, Power Plug, USB Cable, Handstrap
LanguageEnglish, French, Germany, Spanish, Portuguese, Italy, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkey, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese

Stay focused.

-Carl Garrard


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