The Ricoh GR III is coming, just not in 2018.
The sequel to the GR II, one of our all-time favorite pocketable digital cameras, is set to go on sale in early 2019. Pricing isn’t yet available.
The GR III doesn’t make many changes from the GR II, pictured above. It still sports an 18.3mm (28mm full-frame equivalent) lens with an f/2.8 aperture, backed by an APS-C sensor. But the lens is a new design, presumably improved to meet the resolution requirements of the 24MP APS-C image sensor—which is more demanding than the 16MP chip used in earlier models.
The biggest potential area for improvement is one you’ll never see, unless you decide to take your GR apart. The sensor now boasts physical image stabilization, a first for the GR. It’s a 3-axis system, so not as advanced as the 5-axis stabilization included with recent Ricoh Pentax SLRs, but should go a long way to allowing you to get sharp handheld photos in tough light. It should also be a boon for using the GR III for video—though there is no 4K here, video still tops out at 1080p resolution, at your choice of 24, 30, or 60fps.
The new GR III looks a lot like the GR II from the front—we haven’t yet seen the camera from the rear to see if there are any changes to the control layout. But we don’t expect there to be a lot, as the one-handed physical control interface is what draws many photographers to the GR series to begin with.
The rear LCD is a fixed design—adding a tilt screen would be tough given the GR III’s slim, pocket-friendly form factor. It is 3 inches in size, sports a 1,037k-dot resolution, and supports touch input. This is another upgrade, though we’re not sure how Ricoh will implement touch into the interface. At the very least we hope to be able to tap to set a focus point.
Other features, including in-camera Raw development, Snap focus, an in-lens neutral density filter, and Wi-Fi file transfer, continue in the GR III.
We’ll have more information, including pricing and a clearer on-sale date, when it comes it available.