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The Ricoh GR III After Two Months

“Zak the Baker” Kosher Bakery, Miami“Zak the Baker” Kosher Bakery, Miami

I was not immediately impressed with the Ricoh GR III. I found the autofocus speed slow and ended up retuning the camera. But I missed it and reordered it. I’m glad I did. I’ve now had the GR III for about two months and I have never had so much fun with a camera:

  • The camera is small and feels great in my hand.
  • It’s very easy to operate with one hand.
  • The low light performance is excellent. I use images with ISO as high as 5000 if needed.
  • The image quality is superb.
  • The camera’s raw format is DNG so it’s very easy to use Adobe Lightroom, my image editing software of choice. Having said that, I wish Adobe supported Ricoh picture profiles the way it does for Fuji. But that’s not a big deal for me. I have some presets that help simulate the Ricoh profiles but don’t use them much.
  • Ricoh has been regularly updating the firmware. The auto focus speed seems better now but not world class. The camera is now on Firmware 1.2.
  • When I turn the camera off it tells me how many images I have made so far that day. That encourages me to make more photos.
  • It’s really easy to adjust shutter speed and aperture. This is a camera for photographers.
  • I rely mainly on auto focus but fall back on snap focus if time does not allow for auto focus. This is easy to set up by turning Full Press Snap on.
  • I found Multi Auto White Balance to work well. I don’t have to do much in post.

Miami (2019)Miami (2019)

The only thing I don’t like is that the little ring around the lens falls off and I’ve already had to replace it twice. But that’s a small price ($20) to pay for a camera I love having with me. I now have an extra ring and watch the one on the camera carefully.

Most days I make it through the day with one battery. I carry a spare and swap it out if needed. I am ok with the battery life given the small size of the camera.

If I could only own one camera the Ricoh GR III would be it. It’s wonderful having an APS-C sensor in such a small package. It’s with me every day and I always take it with me when I travel.

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