RICOH GR III Digital Camera Diary Edition
The camera body is treated with an exclusive metallic warm-grey finish; the metallic appearance and surface texture have been designed to enhance the sense of reliability and quality, and also to assure firm hold of the camera body. This finish also gives the camera an appearance that is less insistent of its role as an imaging tool, with the warm colour helping it blend more easily into daily life. The grip rubber has a dark-brown finish, creating a sense of unity with the camera body.
When mounted, the ring cap with a natural-silver finish accentuates the warm-colour camera body and enhances the sense of quality and exclusiveness.
The camera features a new image-control mode that provides a negative-film finishing touch. Based on the visual effects created only by negative film, this mode produces an exquisite balance between rich colours and somewhat discoloured prints resulting from using negative film.
In another new feature, the camera displays the number of images captured during the day, the total number of recorded images, and the firmware version just before its power is shut off.
When the camera’s power is turned off, the camera displays an original shut-down screen featuring the original, emboss-type product logo, against a background harmonizing a fabric-like texture and a colour symbolizing the camera body finish.
- APS-C CMOS 24.2 megapixel sensor
- GR 18.3mm f/2.8 lens
- 3-inch fixed LCD touchscreen
- Full HD video at 60fps
- Dual wireless communication
A compact body and functional design packed with high performance
The GR III/GR IIIx was developed focusing on keeping the body size compact while including a high level of functionality. The model is one-size smaller than that of GR II and about the same size as GR DIGITAL IV with a 1/1.7-inch image sensor. A minimalist design was pursued to achieve a tool with portability and expression in mind. The button and dial layout is fully considered to allow for comfortable, single-handed operation.
Hybrid AF with the combination of image plane phase-matching and contrast-detection AF
The AF system is a hybrid of image plane phase-matching and contrast detection. The advantages of high-speed focusing in image plane phase-matching AF and focusing precision in contrast-detection AF are combined. The common contrast-detection AF issue of searching for focus peaks has been reduced to achieve the quick shooting performance required in street photography.
High-speed approx. 0.8-second start-up from when the power is turned on
A high-output motor is used to drive the lens barrel so that it quickly moves from a retracted position to the shooting position. Also, the program process of start-up is optimized to reduce the start-up time. The built-in lens barrier also makes it unnecessary to remove the lens cap, so you will not miss a sudden photo opportunity.
Focus modes that fit versatile subjects and shooting styles
Eight focus modes are available including Continuous AF for versatile shooting styles. LCD monitor that supports touch operations is also adopted for direct control over the AF frame using touch and slide gestures. You can also focus (Touch AF) and shoot while moving the AF frame for quick shooting in any type of composition.
Face/eye detect autofocus to assist portrait shooting
The camera detects faces or eyes and focuses. This feature is enabled in [Auto Area AF], [Select AF], and [Pinpoint AF]. When the face or eye is detected and in-focused, the focusing point is framed. It is also possible to enable this feature only in [Auto Area AF]. By using this setting, when you want to focus on a subject instead of faces, simply switch the focus mode without turning face/eye detection off.
With Full Press Snap, you'll never miss a shot
When the shutter button is pressed fully, the camera releases the shutter at the preset distance. This high-speed shooting functionality is unique to the GR, eliminating the focusing time lag when pressing the shutter button halfway so that you can instantly capture split-second moments. Full Press Snap also takes place by touching the LCD monitor.
Touch panel and control dial that enables intuitive controls
The LCD monitor features a touch panel. Simply touch and slide to move the AF frame or access the menu. You can also pinch in and out during playback to change the magnification, flick to view the previous and next images or even go back to the centre of the image by double tapping the monitor. A control dial is also positioned around the four-way button. This layout makes it possible to quickly operate the camera with a simple action while maintaining a secure grip on the camera.
Customizable functions to suit one’s style
ADJ. mode and Fn button functions are customizable. You can also save the camera settings that best match your shooting intentions or the subject to U1/U2/U3 on the mode dial, making controls more convenient to match your shooting style.
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