The next generation of Ricoh GR-series cameras will begin shipping next month on March 18 for $899.95. These fast, compact cameras are favored by street photographers who value the small size with a comparatively large sensor, while also benefiting from a fixed wide-angle 28mm f/2.8 (35mm equivalent) prime lens.
New to the GR III, Ricoh has improved the sensor's resolution to now 24.2 megapixels and added in a new imaging processor, the GR Engine 6. The camera is capable of recording 14-bit raw DNG images and Full HD 1080p video up to 60 fps. The GR III did remove the built-in flash, however its empty space has been well used with the new addition of three-axis sensor-shift image stabilization. As with the previous two generations, the camera does have a hot shoe mount for adding flash back or other external accessories.
The GR III sports a new phase and contrast-detect hybrid autofocusing system, now with added Auto-area AF, Zone AF, and Select AF modes.
The newly designed lens in the GR III features six elements in four groups, including two aspherical elements. The minimum focusing distance is now lowered to 2.36 inches (6 centimeters) and the aperture's f-stop range is unchanged from f/2.8 to f/16.
To learn more details about the Ricoh GR III or to start your preorder, visit B&H.