Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation has launched its new GR III compact digital camera, and says its compact, lightweight body makes it ideal for street photography, as well as for travel and capturing candid images.
The camera, the latest in the GR series of high-end digicams, features a newly designed lens, image sensor, and imaging engine. It comes equipped with an 18.3mm F2.8 lens with six optical elements in four groups, while retaining the 28mm angle of view. It produces the clearest, sharpest images in GR-series history, says Ricoh, while reducing distortion and chromatic aberration. It also comes equipped with a macro shooting capability with a minimum focusing distance of six centimeters.
Smaller than its predecessor, the camera has a 24.24MP APS-C-size CMOS image sensor, and can start up in 0.8 seconds for quick and responsive shooting. The high-definition LCD touchscreen monitor enables intuitive control of camera functions right on the screen.
The camera also features a high-speed hybrid autofocus system, built-in shake reduction, in-camera image finishing options, USB Type-C, Bluetooth and wireless LAN connectivity options. An accessory wide-angle conversion lens designed exclusively for use with the GR III is also available. The GW-4 Wide Conversion Lens, meanwhile, expands the angle of view to 21mm ultra-wide angle.
The Ricoh GR III ships in March 2019 and will be available for US$1,200 for the camera, and US$330 for the GW-4 Wide Conversion Lens.