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Ricoh GR Digital III

alaTest has collected and analyzed 426 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the usability and performance are overall positive. The responsiveness and lens are also appreciated. Many are critical about the reliability and memory. There are some mixed opinions about the shutter and battery.

portability, lens, responsiveness, performance, usability

value for money, features, storage, memory, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Ricoh GR Digital III is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Ricoh GR review


The Ricoh GR ($800) is the sleeper digicam of 2013. Ricoh the company is better known for office copiers in the U.S. We joke, but in reality Ricoh has been in the digital camera business for some time – it's just more popular globally than in the U.S....

Compact size, large APS-C sensor ; 28mm prime lens ; Solid photos with enough light ; Extensive controls and customization

No focus ring on lens ; Dual mics are mono ; No built-in image stabilization ; Noisier than main competitor

The Ricoh GR is a fine camera with an APS-C sensor and prime lens, with some drawbacks. Unfortunately, its closest competitor, the Coolpix A from Nikon, puts up a stronger showing. - GOLD AWARD

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Ricoh GR


With the launch of the Nikon Coolpix A we marvelled at how, in the space of a year, the idea of a large sensor compact with a fixed, prime lens, has gone from being an obscure niche (as it was when Sigma launched the original DP1) to a burgeoning and...

Excellent image quality in Raw, very good in JPEG ; Sharp lens with consistency at wide apertures and close working distances ; Large sensor in genuinely small body ; Highly customizable and responsive user interface ; Excellent build quality ;...

Occasional tendency to under-exposure ; Unflattering color profile embedded in DNG files ; Extremely limited movie capabilities ; Lack of external charger makes keeping a second battery charged awkward ; Limited buffer for continuous Raw shooting

DSLR image quality finally comes to Ricoh's well-respected enthusiast compact. The GR retains its predecessor's excellent and customizable user interface, making it a pleasure to use as a pocketable wide-angle photographers' camera. The JPEGs are...

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Ricoh GR


The Ricoh GR fixed, wide-lens, large-sensor compact is one of those rare cameras that does just about everything right.

Compact design with APS-C image sensor. Speedy performer. 28mm wide-angle field of view. Extremely sharp lens. Excellent control layout. Very customizable. Raw support. 21mm wide-angle adapter available. 35mm crop mode. Snap focus function

No EVF option. Image detail suffers at very high ISO settings. In-camera battery charging

The Ricoh GR ($799.95 direct) is the rare camera that does just about everything right. It's a fixed-lens compact with a 18.3mm (28mm equivalent) f/2.8 prime lens and a 16-megapixel APS-C image sensor, the same size found in most D-SLRs. It will...


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Rioch GR Digital IV Review


Designed for a specific audience, the Ricoh GR Digital IV is a powerful compact digicam with excellent image quality and performance. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Solid metal Build ; Overall outstanding image quality ; Awesome f/1.9 - f/9, fixed lens ; Blazing Auto Focus ; A slew of bracketing modes ; Full manual for outstanding control from a compact camera ; Capable Auto mode ; Top-notch 3.0-inch LCD screen ;...

Fixed Lens lacks framing versatility ; Weaker flash ; 600 price tag is not appealing to many

Designed for a specific audience, the Ricoh GR Digital IV is a powerful compact digicam with excellent image quality and performance. Read more in our

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Ricoh GR Digital IVFirst Impressions Review


We spent a few minutes with Ricoh's latest pocket camera, the GR Digital IV. Marketed as a quick, candid street-shooter, this advanced compact offers enthusiast-friendly features like a bright f/1.9 fixed-focal-length lens, a 1/1.7" CCD sensor, RAW...

Advanced compact cameras appeal to a niche audience, and Ricoh is a niche brand within that niche market. As a company, they seem to be fine with that distinction. While the rest of the high-end compact market works toward faster burst rates, longer...

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Ricoh GR Digital III Review


Ricoh continues their GR line with the all new GR Digital III (aka GR3). This model replaces the GR Digital II we reviewed last year, carrying over man of the same popular features. Ricoh has upgraded this new successor with an improved 28mm fixed...

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Ricoh GR Digital III hits the review bench, collects plaudits


The dudes and dudettes at Photography Blog are nothing if not thorough, and their latest review is no exception. The GR Digital III and its peculiar 28mm wide-angle fixed focal length lens (i.e. no optical zoom) have been subjected to an inspection ...

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Ricoh GR Digital


28mm equiv.

Good lens, very low distortion and without any real corner softness ; Fast F2.4 maximum aperture ; Subtle, natural-looking processing ; Dual control dials and customizable interface ; Unrivalled user interface for manual controls and overrides ;...

High noise levels at all ISO settings, noise visible even at ISO 64 ; JPEG output soft, lacking biting detail ; Mild auto exposure and white balance issues ; Camera, add-on lens and finder are expensive ; Screen can be hard to see in very bright light,...

The GR digital is one of those cameras you have to use - and use 'properly' to really appreciate. It has without a doubt the best control system of any compact digital camera on the market today for those who like to set their own apertures, shutter...

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Camera Review: Ricoh GR


Ricoh's latest entry in the fixed-lens compact camera competition offers a wealth of features and customization options.

Extensive customization; excellent image quality; sharp lens; good high-ISO performance; reasonable price

Higher learning curve with custom options; only optical viewfinder options (no electronic viewfinder); USB/in-camera charging only

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Ricoh GR


A compact camera, all grown up.

There are a lot of arguments against buying a camera like the Ricoh GR. Its fixed, wide-angle focal length means you can't really use it for sports or action. Abysmal video quality means it's an abject failure as a multimedia device. And at $800......

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens:No / Yes
Image Stabiliser:No / Optical Image Stabiliser / Yes
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI:No / Yes
HDMI Interface:No / Yes
PictBridge:No / Yes
WiFi Connectivity:No / WiFi Ready / WITH EYE-FI

General Features

3D: No
Bayonet Compatibility:RICOH GXR
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/1.7'' / 1/1.8''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card:No / Yes
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card:No / Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model: Ricoh DB-65 / 2x AAA (LR03/MICRO)
Battery Type: Ricoh DB-65 / 2x AAA (LR03/MICRO)


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode: No
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format:No / Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority:No / Yes