The Ricoh GR III Doesn’t Have a Full Frame Sensor; Targets Street Photography

Ricoh is positioning their Ricoh GR III at street photographers and perhaps that’s why it’s still APS-C.

Today, we’re getting the news of the camera that folks have been asking for for a long time – the Ricoh GR III. We previously talked about specs and we heard reports on what the new camera could be, but now we’ve got official word. The new Ricoh GR III is currently under development and will sport a brand new 24.24MP APS-C – likely the same one Sony has been using in their Sony a6300 and a variant of those in nearly every other APS-C camera. The lens has been revamped; it’s an 18.3mm f2.8 lens that equates to a 28mm field of view. The Ricoh GR III shoots 14 bit RAW DNG files, has a built in ND filter and more or less a lot of the same features as the previous camera.

As of this writing, we were told about the Ricoh GR III under non-disclosure and do not have images of the new camera itself or anything else in regards to the camera. But we will update when we do. In the meantime, here are all the specs on the new camera.

One of the biggest updates is the sensor based image stabilization that was added in. That should help with street photographers who tend to load up on a lot of coffee.

What we also know:

  • It’s going to be available in early 2019
  • We don’t know if it’s weather sealed.
  • The press release specifically states:

“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.”

Considering that we’re at Photokina 2018, we’re going to try to get our hands on the new Ricoh GR III when we can.

Major Specifications (The designs and specifications are identical to those first announced publicly about the camera’s development, and are subject to change without notice.)

Lens Lens Construction 6 elements in 4 groups (2 aspherical lens elements)
  Focal Length, Aperture 18.3mm (Approx. 28mm in 35mm equivalent focal length), F2.8~F16
Image Capture Unit Image Sensor Type: Primary color filter CMOS.  Size: 23.5mm x 15.6mm
  Effective Pixels Approx. 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 Stabilization Sensor-shift shake reduction (SR)(3-axis)
  AA Filter Simulator Moiré reduction using SR unit (Off, Low, High)
  Dust Removal Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations “DR II”
File Formats





Still Image File 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)
  Movie File 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 Medium Internal Memory (Approx. 2GB),  SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Conforms to USH-I standards)
Focus Type Hybrid AF (Image plane phase-matching and Contrast detection)
  Focus Mode Auto-area AF, Zone AF, Select AF, Pinpoint AF, Tracking AF, Continuous AF, MF, Snap, ∞
  Face Detection ON, Use only in Auto-area, OFF
  Focus Range (From lens face) Normal: Approx. 0.1m~∞, Macro Mode: Approx. 0.06m~0.12m
Exposure Exposure Mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual Exposure
  Metering Mode Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot, Highlight-weighted
  Shutter Speed 1/4000 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 Compensation Still Image: ±5EV, 1/3EV steps, Movie: ±2EV, 1/3EV steps
  ND Filter (2EV) AUTO, ON, OFF
White Balance   Auto 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 Adjustment Adjustable ±14 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis
Drive Mode Drive Single Frame Shooting, Continuous Shooting, Bracketing, Multi-exposure, Interval Shooting, Interval Composite
  Self-timer 10 sec., 2 sec., OFF
Shooting Functions Crop 35mm, 50mm, OFF
  Image Control Standard, 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 Correction Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction
  Noise Reduction Slow Shutter Speed Noise Reduction, High-ISO Noise Reduction
  Display Display magnification (4x, 16x), Grid display (4×4 Grid, 3×3 Grid), Histogram, Bright area warning, Electronic Level
Playback Functions Playback View Single 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 Adjustment Brightness, Saturation, Hue, Contrast, Sharpness
  RAW Development Aspect Ratio, JPEG Recorded Pixels, Color Space, White Balance, Image Control, Peripheral Illumination Correction, Sensitivity, High-ISO Noise Reduction, Shadow Correction
  Edit Resize, Cropping, Levels Adjustment, White Balance Adjustment, Color Moiré Correction, Movie Edit (Cut), Movie Edit (Divide)
LCD Monitor Type 3.0 inch TFT color LCD (aspect ratio 3:2)、Approx. 1037K dots, Wide viewing angle, Air-gapless tempered glass
  Touch Screen Capacitive sensing method
  Adjustments Brightness, Saturation, Blue/Amber, Green/Magenta, Outdoor View Setting: ±2 Steps
Wireless LAN Standards IEEE 802.11b/g/n (HT20) (Wireless LAN standard protocol)
  Frequency (Center Frequency) 2412MHz~2462MHz (1ch~11ch)
  Security Authentication:  WPA2, Encryption:  AES
Interfaces USB Type-C Battery Recharge/Power Supply (Optional AC Adapter required), Data Transfer: MTP, Video output: DisplayPort over USB-C (DisplayPort Alternative Mode)
  Hotshoe Compatible 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 pin Available
Power Supply Battery Type Dedicated Rechargeable Battery
  Battery Life To be finalized
Dimensions and Weight


Dimensions Approx. 109.4(W)×61.9(H)×33.2(D)mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 257g (Included dedicated battery and SD memory card), Approx. 227g (Body only)
Included Accessories   Dedicated Rechargeable Battery, USB Power Adapter, Power Plug, USB Cable, Handstrap
Language   English, French, Germany, Spanish, Portuguese, Italy, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkey, Greek, Russian, Thai, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese