Ricoh GR DIGITAL III 10 MP CCD Digital Camera with 28mm f/1.9 GR Fixed Lens and 3-Inch LCD
Product Description
The new GR DIGITAL III takes the GR line's traditional high image quality to an even higher level with a new image processing engine, a new CCD, and the newly developed 28 mm/F1.9 GR Lens. Performance has also been enhanced in areas such as quick shooting, operability, and power of expression. The GR DIGITAL III 1. Newly developed large-aperture lens. The adoption of the new F1.9, f-6.0 mm (equivalent to 28 mm for 35 mm film cameras) lens for the GR DIGITAL III takes compact-body cameras into a new realm of images. This lens makes it possible to shoot with a faster shutter speed than could be used on previous models, or to shoot with the same shutter speed but at a lower setting for ISO sensitivity. Despite the large F1.9 aperture, the new lens achieves a resolution level equivalent to that of the F2.4 GR Lens. The use of a newly developed lens drive system has made it possible to achieve greater image quality in macro photography. 2. Taking the GR DIGITAL concepts another step forward, the GR DIGITAL III achieves even greater image quality. The new image processing engine GR Engine III is installed. Using newly developed noise reduction technology, it enables highly sophisticated noise processing to be done while maintaining superior resolution, tone characteristics, and saturation. The new high-sensitivity CCD (1/1.7 inch, approx. 10 megapixels) achieves high-sensitivity properties through the use of a new process. The com
Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #23793 in Camera & Photo
  • Brand: Ricoh
  • Model: GR DIGITALâ…¢
  • Dimensions: 2.32" h x 1.02" w x 4.29" l, .46 pounds
  • Display size: 3
  • Product Features
  • 28 mm/F1.9 lens features outstanding brightness
  • sophisticated image processing capabilities and comprehensive shooting functions: GR DIGITAL III
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
    4Quite good but not THAT great...vs it's price!
    By Radio Man
    I have owned or own the Samsung TL-500, Canon S95, LX5, and now this little guy.
    Took a lot of shots side by side comparing all these cameras.

    First, and I admit to this, a truly good photographer can get better shots out of an iphone than some people can get out of a dslr. I fall somewhere in the middle, meaning I really enjoy photography but I admit I am also a bit of a gadget nut, hence buying all these similar cameras in hopes of finding a REAL winner STANDOUT. Now that THAT'S out of the way, to my review..

    No matter what, any small advanced point and shoot camera even with the larger sensor like the GR3 just can't equal a micro four or dslr type sensor OVERALL.

    That said this is about a camera you want to take with you, while your larger compact or dslr sits home.

    The long story short on this GR3 at least to me is, It's extremely customizable, you can control just about everything under the sun with it. I loved the feels great in hand..and it really is just an excellent no frills camera. That's exactly what I wanted. I knew full well it had a fixed lens, no hd video etc. Yes the lens does seem to be BEST out of all the cameras in this category as to overall sharpness(corner to corner), hardly any chromatic aberration etc. BUT!..So you get all this control, over just about every aspect of taking a shot GREAT. But, and here's BUT again, when I used exact same settings, aperture, ev, iso, distance to shot, lighting etc, when all is equal I found the Ricoh actually fell a bit short of my s95 and tl500 oddly enough. I did tests as to overall IQ, Sharpness, dynamic range, SKIN TONES etc. The GR3 is really GREAT but I don't see it besting the TL500 or S95 OVERALL. One big plus it does have IS the lens..there is absolutely much less purple fringing with the GR3 than my other similar cameras. BUT again but? OVERALL, the other cameras actually look more sharp as to FOCUS, do better in low light, have a zoom, at least it's there as an option. I actually like the idea of a fixed lens camera as it makes you work harder for the shot and if you have legs..YOU DO have a zoom. :) BUT other than purple fringing, or extreme corner to corner sharpness it's nice to have the option of a zoom. Say you are shooting, and a cute little rabbit appears cause this just happened to me while shooting. Well you can't run towards the rabbit..I was happy I had my s95 with me got the shot. With the Ricoh my little rabbit was just too far away..hence I missed that shot. IF the gr3 was so much better than these other cameras, image quality means everything to me.I'd rather miss my little rabbit shot for example on the overall. But picture after picture side by side, I kept seeing the gr3 was not a standout vs these other cameras sad to say. Yes it doesn't blow out highlights quite as much as the s95..but that's when YOU take with a little ev what. AND the Ricoh DOES blow highlights. The gr3 had no greater dynamic range vs the other DOES have the best battery life by FAR. But here's But again, so buy a second battery with the $100 to $200 you can save on a TL500 or S95. To sum up, so you get a TON of control..but due to it's tiny sensor you can do JUST so much with these little guys. On overall everything I found the gr3 a great little camera but REALLY other than the purple fringing or lack really in no way stood out any better than the other cams in this category. No Image stabilization (Another limitation here) is a drag unless you want to pump up iso indoors then you get a lot of noise obviously. Forgot to mention ALSO owned the XZ-1 but sold it cause it had WAY WAY too much noise reduction. I do use raw too..but HAVING TO HAVE to use raw on every picture (like you need do with the XZ-1)had me selling my xz-1. To sum up the GR3 is indeed an excellent camera, built very well (though made in China) BUT, love that BUT, it really seems too expensive for what you sadly I'm going to be selling mine.

    0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
    5Need more than your cell phone and less than your SLR
    By B Nelson
    What a great little camera. Perfect for close-ups when I'm not lugging my big camera around. Not always focused on the first time, but it gets there eventually.

    0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
    5love it
    By Michael Stocks
    This is the best point and shoot camera ever made for street photography. It has very little shutter lag time, and, due to it's p&s design, draws no attention to it's self, My two other cameras; a nikon F3, and a leica M4 sometimes get in the way, and draw attention to themselves.
    this camera was delivered on time and in the condition described . I am very satisfied with the transaction.

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    From the Manufacturer

    The subject may not realize the photo has already been taken. With the GR DIGITAL, that is the kind of quick shooting you will find paired with superb image quality. The new 28mm/F1.9 lens features outstanding brightness. A convergence of sophisticated image processing capabilities and comprehensive shooting functions: GR DIGITAL III. Sparking an explosion of photographer creativity, a new legend is born.

    Ricoh GR Digital III highlights

    Ricoh GR III Digital Highlights

    The photographer's ideal lens: 28 mm/F1.9 GR Lens
    As photography lovers themselves, the developers focused all their passion and creative vision on the creation of a new lens of unprecedented power: the 28 mm/F1.9 GR Lens. If image quality is the priority, set a lower-than-ever ISO sensitivity. If capturing a shutter chance is the priority, set a higher-than-ever shutter speed. F1.9 expands the freedom and scope of your photographic expression.

    Pride of the GR series: Superb optical performance
    So how was this lens able to control the various types of aberrations that increase as the aperture increases? While maintaining a basic configuration optimized for thin storage, frame aberration was reduced by adding two elements in one group to the rear. In addition, three special low-dispersion lenses were used to achieve high resolution and contrast while minimizing color aberration. The use of two high-precision aspherical lenses made distortion almost unnoticeable. In order to create this ultra-high-precision and high-performance lens, highly precise manufacturing processes and an exclusive control system were newly developed. It was dedication and tenacity that gave birth to this jewel of a lens.

    Ricoh GR Digital III highlights
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    Superior backlight performance
    Ghosting is one of the causes of image quality deterioration. To eliminate the problem, all of the individual lenses that are part of the GR lens have been covered with the multi-coating optimum for each. To minimize the small residual reflection striking the CCD, we also ran original simulations repeatedly to determine optimum conditions for lens curvature, etc. As a result, we successfully suppressed ghosting, particularly that caused by off-screen light sources such as the sun.

    GR ENGINE III for low-noise, high-resolution images
    Newly developed image processing engine GR ENGINE III enables precise noise reduction by processing the signal close to its CCD-output state. Various types of noise are effectively reduced while maintaining resolution and color saturation. Color reproduction and tonal gradation performance has also been significantly improved.

    10-megapixel high-sensitivity CCD and AFE
    With the new CCD, rather than increasing the number of pixels, we have about doubled sensitivity compared to the previous model (GR DIGITAL II). Even at ISO 200, imaging performance is at or above the old ISO 100 level. This higher ISO sensitivity makes a clear difference in image quality.

    Suppressing whiteout to create "high-reality" images: Pixel output interpolation algorithm
    Control whiteout with the pixel output interpolation algorithm, Ricoh's original image processing technique. Comparing the output of each pixel, the algorithm interpolates image data in whiteout areas. This expands dynamic range by up to +1 EV equivalent. Using this extensive data to generate the JPEG, even for 8-bit (256-tone) images, it is possible to create a more "real" look with less whiteout than in the past.

    Effective solution for mixed light sources: Multi-pattern auto white balance
    In scenes mixing multiple light sources--such as sunlight and shadow, ambient light and flash--the optimum white balance of each is determined by segmenting the image. For both subject and background, you get well-balanced coloration closer to what you saw while shooting.

    Fast AF is strong in low-light situations
    Smooth, quick AF is possible even in low-light scenes where contrast detection is necessary and focusing is generally slow. The excellent focusing response enhances shooting.

    Full Press Snap to grab that shutter chance
    With this quick-shooting function, AF operates when the shutter release button is pressed half way, but for a one-push full-press, the photo is taken at a set focal distance. (1m/2.5m/5m/8). This distance setting can be easily changed. Since the AF does not operate for a one-push full press, you will not miss the moment.

    Don't let that shutter chance get away: Pre-AF function
    Even if the shutter release button is not pressed half way, focusing follows the subject’s movement. The pre-AF action accelerates focusing time.

    RAW evolution: Continuous shooting and high write speed
    With the expansion of buffer memory, continuous shooting of up to five images is possible even for RAW. This facilitates bracketing as well as the shooting of quickly moving subjects. The RAW card write speed has also been accelerated (under 3 seconds per image). These specs will help reduce your "shooting stress."

    Freedom of expression with framing and light: AE/AF target shift
    Focus and exposure settings can be done at designated points on the screen. These AE and AF targets can be shifted either alone or together in order to do Spot AE and Spot AF. This increases framing and light-expression freedom in situations such as tripod shooting where the camera cannot be moved for AE or AF lock and macro shooting where precise focusing is demanded due to shallow subject depth of field.

    Shutter speed priority AE newly added: Extensive exposure modes
    Shutter speed priority has been added to the existing modes (program shift, aperture priority, etc.). It is useful when you want to manipulate motion, such as when stopping subject movement or creating a feeling of energy in a panning shot.

    New macro mode system controls field curvature
    Minimum shooting distance is approx. 1 cm. A new system was adopted in which one part of a lens group which does not move during normal focusing is shifted into a special position for close-up photography. This corrects the field curvature that tends to be a problem in close-up shooting with retro-focus wide-angle lenses. The result is superb imaging power across the entire photo.

    Images with a naked-eye impression: Dynamic range double shot
    This function prevents overexposure and underexposure in high-contrast scenes. For reproduction of both light and dark areas, two images with different exposures are shot in succession, and the properly exposed portions of each are automatically combined. This expands dynamic range to a maximum equivalent to 12EV, creating an image with a close to naked-eye impression.

    Aspect ratio 1:1 square format mode
    Shooting aspect ratio 1:1 photographs, the square format will expand your creative enjoyment with the fresh feel of the framing and the strong subject presence produced by limiting the image field. This format is also convenient for blog use.

    Image quality parameters
    Individual color settings have been added to the image settings. For each color (orange, green, sky blue, red, and magenta), hue and saturation can be set at five levels so you get the coloration you want. In addition, with the "vivid" setting, you can easily shoot intense high-saturation images.

    Flash synchro setting
    The expressiveness of a photograph can change greatly depending on flash timing. If you want to be sure to catch a fleeting portrait expression, select "1st Curtain," and if you want to create a natural light trail in a dark scene, select "2nd Curtain." Even in bright scenes, this can help you record natural-feeling movement for moving subjects.

    Manual flash amount setting
    Flash amount can be set at 12 levels from full flash to 1/64, enabling you to balance flash intensity for both subject and background brightness. The subject's expression and presence can be emphasized while the background is obscured. Fine tune the settings to fit the ambient light conditions and your creative intentions

    Level compensation
    Image brightness and contrast can be corrected in the camera itself after shooting. With AUTO, you leave the subtle adjustments up to the camera. With MANUAL, you can freely and intuitively adjust brightness and contrast using the histogram. The corrected image is saved as a new file so the original is still available, and the two can be compared.

    Three types of bracketing
    Three automatic bracketing functions are provided. With auto bracketing, you can select exposure intervals from 0.3EV to 0.5EV. White balance bracketing is convenient when precise coloration is important and when shooting with a distinctive light source. Color bracketing enables you to obtain color and black-and-white images for two very different impressions of the same scene. In all cases, the multiple images are generated from a single shot so you can get the feeling you are after without missing any shutter chances.

    3.0-inch VGA LCD for beautiful display
    LCD panel visibility was further improved with VGA high resolution and an expansive 3.0-inch size. The sRGB comparison for color reproduction range is 100%. This has significantly improved the visual reality of the image during framing, the ability to search images and check shooting data, and the ease of making function settings.

    Electronic level
    When shooting landscapes and night scenes, visual clues for finding the level position can be missing or hard to see. The electronic level is very effective at such times. You can quickly find the precise level position, which will give a feeling of stability to the image. When the external viewfinder is attached, the level sound can be used to determine if the camera is tilted.

    My Settings
    By just turning the mode dial, you can use My Settings to instantaneously switch to many different shooting functions. The number of sets which can be assigned has been increased to three so you can handle a wider range of shooting situations and creative intentions.

    My Settings Box
    Up to six My Settings sets can be stored in the My Settings Box. Then you can just choose the set you need and quickly assign it to MY1, MY2, or MY3. You can also name each set yourself to make it easy to choose the correct one.

    Direct operation enhanced with two Fn buttons
    There are now two Fn (function) buttons for one-push access to necessary functions. Assign frequently used functions to each to increase direct operability.

    Operation function customization
    To give the individual photographer the most natural operation feel, functions can be assigned to the up-down dial and the ADJ. lever. Increase shooting/playback flexibility by creating intuitive operations that minimize finger movement.

    One-push playback enlarged view
    In playback mode, you can display images at a previously defined magnification by just pushing the ADJ. lever once. This eliminates the inconvenience of having to change magnification level by level. Setting a magnification suitable to recorded image size and intended print size will speed up your image checking.

    Three grid guides
    In addition to the 3 x 3 grid, a 4 x 4 grid with diagonal lines and 2 x 2 grid with central visual field have been added. Choose the best grid for your subject: diagonal lines will clearly show the image center for building/product photography and a 2 x 2 grid can be helpful for capturing a moving subject.

    GR Design: Excellent portability and grip feel
    The GR DIGITAL III inherits a traditional design born to carry out the camera's true mission of always being ready for the next shutter chance and reliably recording the result. Keeping the same pocketable form and hand-clinging grip, careful attention was given to enhancing operability and quality.

    Magnesium body for superior reliability
    A light and highly rigid magnesium alloy is used for a body that has strong shock resistance and durability. It also has excellent heat radiation and magnetic shielding characteristics, important features for a digital camera. This is a camera that can stand up to a photographer's "hard use," providing both reliability and high operation precision.
    Ricoh GR Digital III highlights