Ricoh GR IIIx Comparison Review
The Ricoh GR IIIx is a fixed lens compact camera that was officially introduced in September 2021 and is equipped with an APS-C sensor. It offers a resolution of 24 megapixel.
Is the Ricoh GR IIIx a good camera? The GR IIIx has a Camera Elo of 2500. This rating puts the GR IIIx among the top 30 percent of all prime lens compact cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (APS cameras), the GR IIIx ranks among the top 20 percent. Based on its within category standings, the camera earns a 4.5-star performance rating.
|Ricoh GR IIIx|
|Fixed lens compact camera|
|24 MP, APS-C Sensor|
|ISO 100 - 102 400|
|3.0 LCD, 1037k dots|
|4 shutter flaps per second|
|200 shots per battery charge|
|109 x 62 x 35 mm, 262 g|
Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.
Body comparison with a credit card
The physical dimensions of the Ricoh GR IIIx relative to a credit card are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are presented. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.
The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Ricoh GR IIIx alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.
|1.||Ricoh GR IIIx||109 mm||62 mm||35 mm||262 g||200||n||Sep 2021||999|
|2.||Fujifilm X-S10||126 mm||85 mm||65 mm||465 g||325||n||Oct 2020||999|
|3.||Panasonic LX15||106 mm||60 mm||42 mm||310 g||260||n||Sep 2016||699|
|4.||Panasonic TZ100||111 mm||65 mm||44 mm||312 g||300||n||Jan 2016||699|
|5.||Ricoh GR III||109 mm||62 mm||33 mm||257 g||200||n||Feb 2019||899|
|6.||Ricoh GR II||117 mm||63 mm||35 mm||251 g||320||n||Jun 2015||699|
|7.||Sony ZV-1||105 mm||60 mm||44 mm||294 g||260||n||May 2020||799|
|8.||Sony RX100 VII||102 mm||58 mm||43 mm||302 g||260||n||Jul 2019||1,199|
|9.||Sony RX100 VI||102 mm||58 mm||43 mm||301 g||240||n||Jun 2018||1,199|
|10.||Sony RX100 V||102 mm||58 mm||41 mm||299 g||220||n||Oct 2016||999|
|11.||Sony RX100 IV||102 mm||58 mm||41 mm||298 g||280||n||Jun 2015||999|
|Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.|
The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Ricoh GR IIIx was launched in the US market at a price of $999. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.
Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide
The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tent to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.
The Ricoh GR IIIx features an APS-C sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.5. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Ricoh GR IIIx among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability.
For most cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of alternative cameras.
|1.||Ricoh GR IIIx||APS-C||24.0||6000||4000||1080/60p||24.2||13.8||2146||85|
|5.||Ricoh GR III||APS-C||24.0||6000||4000||1080/60p||24.1||13.5||1897||83|
|6.||Ricoh GR II||APS-C||16.1||4928||3264||1080/30p||23.6||13.7||1078||80|
|8.||Sony RX100 VII||1-inch||20.0||5472||3648||4K/30p||21.8||12.4||418||63|
|9.||Sony RX100 VI||1-inch||20.0||5472||3648||4K/30p||22.1||12.3||478||64|
|10.||Sony RX100 V||1-inch||20.0||5472||3648||4K/30p||22.8||12.4||586||70|
|11.||Sony RX100 IV||1-inch||20.0||5472||3648||4K/30p||22.8||12.6||591||70|
|Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.|
Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The GR IIIx indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the GR IIIx can use is 1080/60p.
Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The adjacent tables list some of the other core features of the Ricoh GR IIIx along with similar information for a selection of comparators.
|1.||Ricoh GR IIIx||optional||n||3.0 / 1037||fixed||Y||1/4000s||4.0/s||n||Y|
|2.||Fujifilm X-S10||2360||n||3.0 / 1040||swivel||Y||1/4000s||8.0/s||Y||Y|
|3.||Panasonic LX15||none||n||3.0 / 1040||tilting||Y||1/4000s||10.0/s||Y||Y|
|4.||Panasonic TZ100||1166||n||3.0 / 1040||fixed||Y||1/2000s||10.0/s||Y||Y|
|5.||Ricoh GR III||optional||n||3.0 / 1037||fixed||Y||1/4000s||4.0/s||n||Y|
|6.||Ricoh GR II||optional||n||3.0 / 1230||fixed||n||1/4000s||4.0/s||Y||n|
|7.||Sony ZV-1||none||n||3.0 / 922||swivel||Y||1/2000s||24.0/s||n||Y|
|8.||Sony RX100 VII||2359||n||3.0 / 921||tilting||Y||1/2000s||90.0/s||Y||Y|
|9.||Sony RX100 VI||2359||n||3.0 / 1229||tilting||Y||1/2000s||24.0/s||Y||Y|
|10.||Sony RX100 V||2359||n||3.0 / 1229||tilting||n||1/2000s||24.0/s||Y||Y|
|11.||Sony RX100 IV||2359||n||3.0 / 1228||tilting||n||1/2000s||16.0/s||Y||Y|
|Notes: *) Information refers to the mechanical shutter, unless the camera only has an electronic one.|
It is worthwhile pointing out that the GR IIIx has a touchscreen. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, when trying to adjust the focus point.
For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Ricoh GR IIIx and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.
Mic / Speaker
|1.||Ricoh GR IIIx||Y||stereo / mono||-||-||-||3.0||Y||-||Y|
|2.||Fujifilm X-S10||Y||stereo / mono||Y||-||micro||3.2||Y||-||Y|
|3.||Panasonic LX15||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||-|
|4.||Panasonic TZ100||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||-|
|5.||Ricoh GR III||Y||stereo / mono||-||-||-||3.0||Y||-||Y|
|6.||Ricoh GR II||Y||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||-|
|7.||Sony ZV-1||Y||stereo / mono||Y||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||Y|
|8.||Sony RX100 VII||-||stereo / mono||Y||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||Y|
|9.||Sony RX100 VI||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||Y|
|10.||Sony RX100 V||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||-|
|11.||Sony RX100 IV||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||-|
It is notable that the GR IIIx offers wifi support. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.
The GR IIIx has a prime lens built in (26.1mm f/2.8), which, in full frame equivalent terms, provides a focal length of 40mm. The camera is, hence, ready to shoot, while remaining more compact in size than an interchangeable lens camera with an optic of similar focal length and aperture specifications.
While the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says nothing about, for example, the handling, responsiveness, and overall imaging quality of the GR IIIx in practical situations. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased. This is where reviews by experts come in. The adjacent table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).
|1.||Ricoh GR IIIx||..||..||..||..||..||..||Sep 2021||999|
|2.||Fujifilm X-S10||5/5||..||4.5/5||86/100||4.5/5||4.5/5||Oct 2020||999|
|3.||Panasonic LX15||..||+ +||..||81/100||4/5||4.5/5||Sep 2016||699|
|4.||Panasonic TZ100||4.5/5||+ +||..||82/100||4.5/5||4.5/5||Jan 2016||699|
|5.||Ricoh GR III||4/5||..||3.5/5||81/100||4/5||..||Feb 2019||899|
|6.||Ricoh GR II||..||..||..||..||4.5/5||4.5/5||Jun 2015||699|
|7.||Sony ZV-1||4/5||..||4.5/5||85/100||4/5||4.5/5||May 2020||799|
|8.||Sony RX100 VII||4.5/5||..||4/5||..||4/5||5/5||Jul 2019||1,199|
|9.||Sony RX100 VI||4.5/5||+ +||..||83/100||4/5||4.5/5||Jun 2018||1,199|
|10.||Sony RX100 V||4.5/5||+ +||..||83/100||4/5||4.5/5||Oct 2016||999|
|11.||Sony RX100 IV||4.5/5||+ +||..||85/100||4/5||4.5/5||Jun 2015||999|
|Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.|
The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.
Ricoh GR IIIx FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the GR IIIx.
What type of imaging sensor is used in the GR IIIx?
The camera has a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor at its core.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Ricoh equipped the GR IIIx with the GR Engine VI image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the GR IIIx?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 102400.
Can the camera be equipped with an optional viewfinder?
Yes, Ricoh provides the GV-3 as an accessory (here on amazon) that can be mounted on the hotshoe.
How do I find the shutter count on my GR IIIx?
Ricoh embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your GR IIIx has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.
Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences?
No, the Ricoh GR IIIx has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.
Does the Ricoh GR IIIx feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?
The GR IIIx's flash sync speed is 1/4000 sec.
Does the Ricoh GR IIIx support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).
Which battery does the GR IIIx use?
Camera to camera comparisons
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- Nikon A1000 vs Ricoh GR IIIx
- Nikon W150 vs Ricoh GR IIIx
- Panasonic G110 vs Ricoh GR IIIx
- Panasonic GF7 vs Ricoh GR IIIx
- Panasonic GX800 vs Ricoh GR IIIx
- Ricoh GR IIIx vs Sony A7 III
- Ricoh GR IIIx vs Sony RX100 VII
|Camera Model||Ricoh GR IIIx|
|Camera Type||Fixed lens compact camera|
|Camera Lens||40mm f/2.8|
|Launch Date||September 2021|
|Launch Price||USD 999|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||367 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||28.2 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||24 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||6 000 x 4 000 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||3.91 μm|
|Pixel Density||6.55 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||no AA filter|
|Movie Capability||1080/60p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 102 400 ISO|
|Image Processor||GR Engine VI|
|Viewfinder Type||Viewfinder optional|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||1037k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Focus System||On-Sensor Phase-detect|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||4 shutter flaps/s|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||Intervalometer Built-in|
|Image Stabilization||In-body stabilization|
|Fill Flash||no On-Board Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards|
|Second Storage Option||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||UHS-I|
|USB Connector||USB 3.0|
|HDMI Port||no HDMI|
|Wifi Support||Wifi built-in|
|Bluetooth Support||Bluetooth built-in|
|Battery Type||DB-110 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||200 shots per charge|
|In-Camera Charging||USB charging|
109 x 62 x 35 mm
(4.3 x 2.4 x 1.4 in)
|Camera Weight||262 g (9.2 oz)|
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