Ricoh announces GRIIIx compact
Ricoh has announced the successor to the GR III, the GR IIIx.
The compact camera features a newly developed GR lens with a 40mm angle of view in the 35mm format.
Ricoh says the new iteration of the GR was developed in response to users who asked for a GR-series camera that would provide a “new perspective” over the GR III that was originally released in March of 2019. That camera featured a 28mm wide-angle lens (35mm full-frame equivalent). According to Ricoh, the new lens should deliver images with a more natural perspective and a more truthful sense of depth.
The new lens 26.1mm lens is constructed of seven elements in five groups, including two aspherical elements. It has a nine-blade aperture diaphragm and a minimum focusing distance of 12cm.
The GR IIIx incorporates a 24.24 megapixel APS-C-format CMOS image sensor with an anti-aliasing (AA) filter-less design and a newly developed GR ENGINE 6 imaging engine. The camera also features the RICOH-original accelerator unit designed to 'optimise the image data delivered by the image sensor', and provides a top sensitivity of ISO 102400.
The GR IIIx features a hybrid AF system combining a contrast-type AF mechanism with a phase-detection-type AF mechanism. There's face and eye detection, and the sensor is capable of automatically distinguishing the main subject from secondary ones and indicating this on the focus frame.
The company says the camera also provides a range of new and upgraded post-shooting functions to edit captured images.
There's currently no details regarding Australian availability or pricing, but the GR IIIx is listed as available for pre-order for £899 in the UK.