Reviews and Problems with Ricoh GR Digital III (Older model)
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Value for money 8
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Build quality 8
Ricoh GR DIGITAL III Digital Camera Review
7 October 2009
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.
Summary: Two things might stop you considering the Ricoh GR Digital III: the price and its fixed-focal-length lens. If you can swallow those, you can look forward to a camera with levels of build, design and image quality that really set it apart from the rest
Pros: Great build quality and finish; excellent lens performance; straightforward, hands-on controls.
Cons: High price; fixed-focal-length lens; adjustment lever can be fiddly.
Excerpt: The aluminium bodyshell gives it a nice weighty feel and, while that shallow grip doesn’t look up to much, the GRD III retains its predecessor’s comfortable and secure handling. As with the CX1 and CX2 twins, Ricoh has bucked the trend towards ever higher pixel counts, keeping the GRD III at ten...
Excerpt: A year ago, the compact digital camera market was stuck in a rut, with most manufacturers offering unnecessarily high resolutions that did little to improve actual photos. Things are markedly different now, and manufacturers are finding more imaginative - and vastly more effective - ways to boost...
Excerpt: While it may not be a digital SLR, the small and light Ricoh GR Digital III compact digital camera packs a couple of SLR-like features. It has dedicated dials for changing its aperture and shutter settings, and the ISO, white balance and exposure compensation can be changed via shortcut buttons.
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.
Summary: Ricoh’s little-known aptitude for morphing, Peter Parker-like, from purveyor of boring photocopiers to maker of quietly unique and highly sophisticated tiny cameras, appears to be undiminished.
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.
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.