Ricoh GR III Review

March 14, 2019 | Mark Goldstein |

Ricoh GR III Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 24.2 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 10Mb.

The Ricoh GR III produced images of outstanding quality during the review period. The GR III produces noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100-3200. ISO 64000 only shows a little noise, ISO 12800 and 25600 are quite a lot noisier but still retain saturation and fine detail, while the fastest settings of ISO 51200 and 102400 are just too noisy to use.

The Ricoh GR III handled chromatic aberrations really well with very limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 20 minutes and the Bulb mode allowing you to capture enough light for any situation. Macro performance is good, allowing you to focus as close as 6cm away from the subject. The extensive range of Image Controls allow you to get creative in-camera with both JPEG and RAW files.

Noise

There are 11 ISO settings available on the Ricoh GR III. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG and RAW files.

JPEG

RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 102400 (100% Crop)

ISO 102400 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Ricoh GR III's fixed lens offers a wide-angle focal length of 28mm, as illustrated below.

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Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting of Normal. You can change the in-camera sharpening level to one of the preset levels if you don't like the default look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Chromatic Aberrations

The Ricoh GR III handled chromatic aberrations excellently during the review, with very limited purple fringing present around the edges of objects in certain high-contrast situations.

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Macro

The Ricoh GR III offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 10cm away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject.

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Night

The Ricoh GR III's maximum shutter speed is 20 minutes, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography, and there's also a Bulb setting for even longer exposures. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 15 seconds at ISO 100.

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Image Controls

The Ricoh GR III has an extensive range of creative Image Controls which can be applied to both JPEG and RAW files, with 9 different options on offer.



Off

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Vivid

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Monotone

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Soft Monotone

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Hard Monotone

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Hi-Contrast B&W

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Positive Film

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Bleach Bypass

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Retro

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HDR Tone

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