Conclusion: For its relatively minimal size and weight, the GR Digital III is a fairly comprehensive unit that packs a long list of features and capabilities into a discreet little body capable of delivering quality images across an array of shooting conditions and scenes.
Excerpt: The digital compact camera market is more fiercely competitive than ever, but Ricoh had carved out a nice little niche for itself with models aimed primarily at enthusiasts and pros. Report by Paul Burrows. Back in late 1996 Ricoh couldn’t possibly have foreseen what it was about to start with the launch of its GR1 35mm compact camera.
A compact Ricoh camera with a prime lens and manual features
Good Gear Guide.au
27 March 2010
Summary: Small, good looking and stocked with manual features, the Ricoh GR Digital III is capable of taking superb shots and is the perfect point and shoot for a professional or enthusiast photographer. It costs a lot, but its f/1.9 prime lens and overall great performance make it a desirable product if you can afford it.
Pros: Great build quality and style, prime lens, excellent macro performance, vibrant and sharp picture quality
Cons: Slightly noisy images, high cost, no built-in optical viewfinder
Excerpt: As the GR Digital III and GR Digital II are virtually identical in terms of their design, a lot of the comments that we made about the GR Digital II will be repeated here. The Ricoh GR Digital III is a wide and fairly slim compact digital camera that just about fits into the palm of my average sized hands, measuring 108.6 mm (W) x 59.8 mm (H) x 25.5 mm (D) and weighing around 188g without the battery or memory card fitted, very slightly bigger and heavier than the...
Summary: I like this camera, as it has most things that entry level DSLRs have, and sometimes more. It still suffers from being a compact, but if you think of it as an addition to a photographers arsenal, instead of the sole camera of use, this then makes more sense. Definitely aimed at the professional or enthusiast, this camera has a lot to offer. I might have liked to see some sort of optical zoom, but I guess it is not for that type of photography.
Excerpt: With a price tag just under $1,000, the 10 megapixel GR Digital III is a compact camera aimed predominantly at professional photographers and experienced photography enthusiasts alike. And rightfully so. As successor to the popular GR Digital II, the GR Digital III continues to expand on the level of quality already achieved in the GR series by introducing a new CCD and...
Conclusion: Boasting a huge spec and versatility the GRD III is a compact aimed at intermediate to professional photographers looking for powerful equipment without stepping up to a four-thirds or SLR body.