Ricoh GR III review

The latest generation of the Ricoh GR luxury compact is here – adding significant upgrades to a time-honored classic design

Ricoh GR III review

Digital Camera World Verdict

GR fans, or GRists as Ricoh call them, will love this update of an iconic camera. But in the world of multi-lens camera phones the wider appeal of this fixed lens compact will probably be limited. This is a beautiful-sized APS-C compact, ideal for carrying around in the pocket, and for discrete street photography. But this is sold at a luxury price that is no longer justified by the the build quality or the feature set.


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    Small size with big sensor

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    Great for one-handed shooting


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    A lot of money

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    No tiltable screen or eyelevel viewfinder

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    No built-in flash

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The Ricoh GR was first launched over 20 years ago... and the new GR III will be the 12 generation of this camera that was first conceived in the analogue era. The basics of the camera remain the same. It has a fixed wide-angle lens, equivalent to a 28mm in old 35mm terms. 

This is luxury camera, and sells itself on its small size and image quality. The GR series has a cult following, loved by travel photographers and street specialists, that want a camera that slips easily into your pocket.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.