Designed to reflect urban surroundings, the Ricoh GR IIIx Digital Camera Urban Edition is the ultimate tool for street photography. This new version of the GR IIIx sports a unique body that offers excellent grip and oozes with style. It also comes with a suite of special functions, including a new exposure mode for faster shooting, an additional Auto-area AF (Center) setting, and more.
Ricoh GR IIIx Digital Camera Urban Edition Key Features:
- New edition of the Ricoh GR IIIx
- Metallic grey body and unique texture provides style and grip
- Navy blue ring cap specifically chosen to evoke reflected city lights
- Snap Distance Priority Mode allows faster shooting
- Auto-area AF (Center) focussing works around the centre of the frame
- Built with a 26.1mm f2.8 lens, equivalent to 40mm in 35mm format
- High-resolution APS-C format CMOS image sensor
- Advanced GR ENGINE 6 delivers greater levels of detail
- Accelerator Unit reduces noise at a max ISO 102400
- 3-axis, 4-step shake reduction delivers crisp images when moving
- Anti-aliasing filter simulator reduces false colours and moiré
- Full HD video recording at 1920 x 1080 resolution, 60fps
- Produces high-resolution 14-bit RAW images
- 3-inch, 1037000 dot resolution LCD monitor with touchscreen design
Expanded Ricoh GR IIIx Digital Camera Urban Edition Key Features:
New Special Functions
The Urban Edition has all the features of the base GR IIIx but comes packed with additional functions. Snap Distance Priority Mode is a new exposure mode that allows users to set the snapshot distance and depth of field (DOF) in advance. When it comes to shoots, you can instantly recall the setting and take advantage of faster shooting. A new Focus setting has also been added: Auto-area AF (Center). It prevents the camera from focusing on unwanted areas by working around the centre of the frame, giving you more control when shooting in urban areas.
The Shutter Button Setting now includes the Enable AF function. This makes sure only the AF is locked when the shutter button is half-pressed, leaving the AE unlocked. A new predefined distance of 3.5m has been added to the Snap Focus Distance function and this Urban Edition features a specific power-off graphic featuring a special background and logo.
The Ricoh GR IIIx is equipped with the same 24.24 megapixel APS-C-format CMOS image sensor (with an anti-aliasing filter-less) that is seen in previous GR III models. However, a new addition here is a newly designed GR ENGINE 6 imaging engine that has been optimised to increase the camera’s resolving power and therefore increase the overall image quality produced. The camera is also compatible with multi-tone 14-bit RAW image recording and is equipped with Ricoh’s powerful accelerator unit that is designed to optimise the data that is received by the sensor. This results in a super-high maximum ISO range of ISO 102400.
The GR IIIx maintains Ricoh’s exceptional autofocus standards with its powerful hybrid AF system that combines a contrast-type AF mechanism with an image plane phase-detection-type AF mechanism that ensures high-speed and highly accurate focusing operation. Within this system is a versatile face/eye AF detection that can be used with Auto Area AF, Select AF, and Pinpoint AF modes. When a face or eye is detected, the camera will automatically focus on that area and this in-focus position will be highlighted on the LCD display. When photographing multiple faces, the camera can automatically distinguish the main subject from secondary ones, which again, is indicated on the display. You can also make use of the touch-screen operation to manually change which is your main subject.
Ricoh SR Mechanism
This invaluable asset effectively compensates for camera shakes as soon as the shutter is released. This advanced mechanism is made up of three-axis and physically shifts the image sensor to the ideal position horizontally and vertically which in turn minimises the effects of pitch, yaw, and roll movements up to as much as 4 shutter steps. Combining this and the camera’s Auto Horizon Correction function, Ricoh has made capturing shake-free, level images as easy as possible which is perfect for a camera that is intended for ever-moving, ever-changing street photography.
Keeping in line with the compact and highly portable nature of the GR-series, the GR IIIx is almost physically identical to its counterparts. It is lightweight and easily pocketable which lends itself to street photography where your scene is ever-changing and perfect moments are fleeting. Equally lending itself to this type of reactive photography is the incredibly useful and ultra-fast 0.8-second start-up time.
The GR IIIx also features a 3-inch, high-definition LCD touch display with intuitive touch-screen operation. This touch operation, combined with the user-friendly and thoughtfully placed button layout, makes for impressively quick and instinctive control of your camera which again is ideal for those moments where you need to quickly change settings to acquire the perfect shot. In addition, this monitor features a reinforced protective glass cover that will not only protect your screen but also reduces reflections for improved visibility. There’s also an Outdoor View Setting that allows you to instantly adjust the monitor's brightness to best suit your shooting environment.
What’s in the box?
- 1 x GR IIIx Urban Edition
- 1 x Ring Cap (Black)
- 1 x Ring Cap (Night Blue)
- 1 x Rechargeable Battery DB-110
- 1 x Power Adapter
- 1 x Power Plug
- 1 x USB Cable I-USB166
- 1 x Hand Strap
- 1 x Hotshoe Cover
- 1 x Soft Case GC-11
How does the new 26.1mm f2.8 lens compare to the previous GR III model?
The newly developed 26.1mm f2.8 lens (equivalent to 40mm in 35mm format) differs from the previous 18.3mm f2.8 lens (equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format) found on the GR III by affording a more natural image perspective and field of view. This translates to a near true-to-life final image that is incredibly well-suited to urban explorations and street photography.
How fast is the initial startup time of the GR IIIx?
The GR IIIx has a super-fast startup time of just 0.8 seconds; perfect for quick-action street photography.
Can you connect the GR IIIx to a smartphone or tablet?
By installing the Image Sync app, you can transfer images directly from your GR IIIx to a mobile device, display an expansive Live-View image on your device’s monitor, customise select settings, release the shutter from distance, and even upload images straight to your social media channels.
Will the other GR models get the new features?
The new special functions can be installed onto standard GR III and GR IIIx models through a function expansion firmware update.
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