Ricoh is working on third version of GR-compact camera with aps-c-sensor

Sep

25

2018

Camera manufacturer Ricoh is working on the GR III, the third version of the compact camera with large aps-c-sensor and 28mm lens. The new model gets a 24-megapixel sensor and a new optical design.

In the announcement Ricoh does not give many details, the manufacturer says to show a prototype at the Photokina fair. There is also a product page online, with some specifications. It turns out that the Ricoh GR III gets a 24-megapixel sensor. The GR II that came out in 2015 has a 16-megapixel sensor. In addition, the new model receives a stabilized sensor and phase detection focus.

Like the GR and GR II, the GR III gets a f / 2.8 lens with an equivalent of 28mm. However, it is a new optical design with six lens elements in four groups. The minimum focal distance is shortened to 6cm, that was 10cm. Like the previous versions, the GR III has a built-in nd filter. A 4k movie function is missing, filming can be done in 1080p resolution with 60fps.

The design of the housing seems unchanged. Ricoh shows a photo of the front. At the back there is a 3 “LCD, which is now a touchscreen, and the camera also has a USB-c socket, which can also be used as a video output.” Ricoh releases the GR III in early 2019, a price is still not known.

Ricoh released his first GR camera in 1996. That was still an analog camera. In 2004 followed the GR Digital, at that time with a small sensor. Since 2013, Ricoh has been making digital GR cameras with an aps-c sensor. They are all relatively small cameras with a fixed 28 mm lens.

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