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Forget any lack of optical zoom, it's got Great Image Quality!

  • Aug 25, 2010
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First off, I like to approach my digital camera reviews from the point of view of a novice since I'm far from a tech geek and ease of use is typically on the top of my mind. That said, the Ricoh GR Digital III is a pretty amazing camera for being so compact. It's overall user-friendly and intuitive functions matched with pretty darn good image quality is quickly setting it apart from most of the digital cameras I've used in the past.

As far as what's great about this camera, the thing that really jumps out at me is the image quality, in particular in moderate low light. My experience with most digital cameras while shooting inside with moderate lighting has been that the flash was a necessity to capture any decent detail and to prevent high pixilation. This has been an issue in the past because it's hard to use the flash well indoors at close range without overexposing the image. With the Ricoh GR D III I was able to capture medium-high, to high quality pictures with no flash indoors. Also, the Macro function image quality is amazing indoors in medium light.

The other thing that really surprised me was the ease of use right out of the box. I had the camera unpacked with the included battery installed (it already had a 2/3 full charge) and was literally taking pictures in 3 minutes. The menu and function navigation is super intuitive for anyone even moderately comfortable with basic digital cameras (I'm assuredly a novice in that department.) I was able, without the manual, to figure out how to turn on/off the macro and flash, change the image quality settings, adjust the focus options (turning on/off multi or single box focus, etc.), as well as playing back the images and even switching to video mode.

As far as drawbacks go, the main issue I think will bug most people is the lack of any true optical zoom. The camera does have a 4x digital zoom, but honestly I've never been a fan of the large quality reduction digital zoom imparts. Even though the camera lacks zoom, I don't see this as an issue as the camera seems designed for more on the go snapshots, and the overall picture quality makes up for slightly less versatility.

My only real complaint about the camera is in the left side body design. Though overall the camera is easy to use with just the right hand, it's hard to find a good place to hold it with your left because the LCD screen is flush on that side and there's only a thin border to rest your thumb. Also because the flash is flush with the top left it prohibits a good grip when it's in use. It's a minor quibble, but it's worth noting none the less.

All in all, it's a little pricy for an on-the-go camera, but the image quality and ease of use put it light years above lower priced compact digital cameras.

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The subject may not realize the photo has already been taken. With the GR DIGITAL, that is the kind of quick shooting you will find paired with superb image quality. The new 28mm/F1.9 lens features outstanding brightness. A convergence of sophisticated image processing capabilities and comprehensive shooting functions: GR DIGITAL III. Sparking an explosion of photographer creativity, a new legend is born.

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The photographer's ideal lens: 28 mm/F1.9 GR Lens
As photography lovers themselves, the developers focused all their passion and creative vision on the creation of a new lens of unprecedented power: the 28 mm/F1.9 GR Lens. If image quality is the priority, set a lower-than-ever ISO sensitivity. If capturing a shutter chance is the priority, set a higher-than-ever shutter speed. F1.9 expands the freedom and scope of your photographic expression.

Pride of the GR series: Superb optical performance
So how was this lens able to control the various types of aberrations that increase as the aperture increases? While maintaining a basic configuration optimized for thin storage, frame aberration was reduced by adding two elements in one group to the rear. In addition, three special low-dispersion lenses were used to achieve high resolution and contrast while minimizing color aberration. The use of two high-precision aspherical lenses made distortion almost unnoticeable. In order to create this ultra-high-precision and high-performance lens, ...
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