Fans of pocket cameras would find the Ricoh GR IIIx attractive enough, especially if they are already familiar with the earlier version of Ricoh GR IIIx. As it usually happens, the new camera is an improvement of the earlier one while retaining the attraction of intuitive handling, quick response, pocketability, and DNG raws that look very sharp. The most impressive aspect is the small camera size that fits into your pocket like a smartphone yet can accommodate the APS-C sensor. Seldom will you find a phone of this size having an APS-C sensor. In addition, the lens quality and convenient handling work heavily in favor of the new Ricoh GR camera.
Ricoh GR IIIx – Design and Build
Despite being a pocket-friendly camera almost the size of a smartphone, any GR IIIx review does not miss mentioning the heavyweight compared to the size. The camera weighs 257 grams mainly because the magnesium alloy frame adds a dignified look to the otherwise small camera. The camera has only the TFT LCD monitor to shoot photos, and there is no electronic viewfinder. The monitor displays the standard Menu that includes playback, display, and function. Besides the four-way directional buttons, there’s a lever for controlling shutter speed. The power button, shooting mode dial, and shutter are at the top, and an additional dial is in the front for adjusting the aperture.
The USB-C charging port is on the right side, and buttons for Wi-Fi connections and video are on the left side. Moreover, there is a mount at the bottom, a hot shoe at the top, and a slip near the mode dial for wrapping the lanyard on your wrist.
Features and Menu
The Menu layout is simple so that first-timers can grasp it quickly. Otherwise, those familiar with GRs would find it the same that they experienced earlier. Moreover, it’s an aspect to consider whenever there is any debate about Ricoh GR III vs. GR IIIx. It’s worth noting that the shutter speed lever functions as a button for selecting quickly the kind of filter you want to use for your images. The button also aids metering, shortcuts to focus, screen brightness, and file format. The directional buttons have the drive modes embedded along with Macro, quick access to ISO, and white balance.
The image capture setting in the Menu has two crop factors of 50 mm and 70 mm, respectively. The camera has a shutter speed range between 400 and 1/4000, an ISO range of 100 and 102, sensor-shift IBIS for steady holding, and hybrid autofocus.
The image quality is superb because of the camera’s good ISO flexibility that captures shots up to 6400. Images are highly consistent without any barrel distortion. Low light shots and night shots are outstanding when you shoot images after carefully observing the monitor display. Touch the screen to lock a subject, and the focusing needs some practice to get the hang of it.
The Ricoh GR IIIx should capture 200 shots on a single charge of the battery under ideal conditions.