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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.

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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.

Headline Specifications
Ricoh GR IIIx
Fixed lens compact camera
40mm f/2.8
24 MP, APS-C Sensor
1080/60p Video
ISO 100 - 102 400
Viewfinder optional
3.0 LCD, 1037k dots
Fixed touchscreen
4 shutter flaps per second
In-body stabilization
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.

Ricoh GR IIIx vs credit card front
GR IIIx versus credit card top view
GR IIIx and credit card rear side

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.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Ricoh GR IIIx 109 mm 62 mm 35 mm 262 g 200 n Sep 2021 999 i
2.
 
Fujifilm X-S10 126 mm 85 mm 65 mm 465 g 325 n Oct 2020 999 i
3.
 
Panasonic LX15 106 mm 60 mm 42 mm 310 g 260 n Sep 2016 699 i
4.
 
Panasonic TZ100 111 mm 65 mm 44 mm 312 g 300 n Jan 2016 699i
5.
 
Ricoh GR III 109 mm 62 mm 33 mm 257 g 200 n Feb 2019 899 i
6.
 
Ricoh GR II 117 mm 63 mm 35 mm 251 g 320 n Jun 2015 699 i
7.
 
Sony ZV-1 105 mm 60 mm 44 mm 294 g 260 n May 2020 799 i
8.
 
Sony RX100 VII 102 mm 58 mm 43 mm 302 g 260 n Jul 2019 1,199 i
9.
 
Sony RX100 VI 102 mm 58 mm 43 mm 301 g 240 n Jun 2018 1,199i
10.
 
Sony RX100 V 102 mm 58 mm 41 mm 299 g 220 n Oct 2016 999 i
11.
 
Sony RX100 IV 102 mm 58 mm 41 mm 298 g 280 n Jun 2015 999i
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.

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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.

Ricoh GR IIIx sensor measures

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.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
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Ricoh GR IIIx APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.213.8214685
2.
 
Fujifilm X-S10 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p24.213.7205785
3.
 
Panasonic LX15 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p21.912.031562
4.
 
Panasonic TZ100 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.555970
5.
 
Ricoh GR III APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.113.5189783
6.
 
Ricoh GR II APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p23.613.7107880
7.
 
Sony ZV-1 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.212.666966
8.
 
Sony RX100 VII 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p21.812.441863
9.
 
Sony RX100 VI 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.112.347864
10.
 
Sony RX100 V 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.458670
11.
 
Sony RX100 IV 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.659170
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.

Feature comparison

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.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Max
Shutter
Speed *
Max
Shutter
Flaps *
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Ricoh GR IIIxoptional n3.0 / 1037 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.0/s n Y
2.
 
Fujifilm X-S102360 n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 8.0/s Y Y
3.
 
Panasonic LX15none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 10.0/s Y Y
4.
 
Panasonic TZ1001166 n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
5.
 
Ricoh GR IIIoptional n3.0 / 1037 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.0/s n Y
6.
 
Ricoh GR IIoptional n3.0 / 1230 fixed n 1/4000s 4.0/s Y n
7.
 
Sony ZV-1none n3.0 / 922 swivel Y 1/2000s 24.0/s n Y
8.
 
Sony RX100 VII2359 n3.0 / 921 tilting Y 1/2000s 90.0/s Y Y
9.
 
Sony RX100 VI2359 n3.0 / 1229 tilting Y 1/2000s 24.0/s Y Y
10.
 
Sony RX100 V2359 n3.0 / 1229 tilting n 1/2000s 24.0/s Y Y
11.
 
Sony RX100 IV2359 n3.0 / 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.

Connection comparison

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.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Ricoh GR IIIxYstereo / mono---3.0Y-Y
2.
 
Fujifilm X-S10Ystereo / monoY-micro3.2Y-Y
3.
 
Panasonic LX15-stereo / mono--micro2.0Y--
4.
 
Panasonic TZ100-stereo / mono--micro2.0Y--
5.
 
Ricoh GR IIIYstereo / mono---3.0Y-Y
6.
 
Ricoh GR IIYstereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
7.
 
Sony ZV-1Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0YYY
8.
 
Sony RX100 VII-stereo / monoY-micro2.0YYY
9.
 
Sony RX100 VI-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
10.
 
Sony RX100 V-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
11.
 
Sony RX100 IV-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-

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.

Expert reviews

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]).

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Review Scores
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Ricoh GR IIIx............ Sep 2021 999 i
2.
 
Fujifilm X-S105/5..4.5/586/1004.5/54.5/5 Oct 2020 999 i
3.
 
Panasonic LX15..+ +..81/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2016 699 i
4.
 
Panasonic TZ1004.5/5+ +..82/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2016 699i
5.
 
Ricoh GR III4/5..3.5/581/1004/5.. Feb 2019 899 i
6.
 
Ricoh GR II........4.5/54.5/5 Jun 2015 699 i
7.
 
Sony ZV-14/5..4.5/585/1004/54.5/5 May 2020 799 i
8.
 
Sony RX100 VII4.5/5..4/5..4/55/5 Jul 2019 1,199 i
9.
 
Sony RX100 VI4.5/5+ +..83/1004/54.5/5 Jun 2018 1,199i
10.
 
Sony RX100 V4.5/5+ +..83/1004/54.5/5 Oct 2016 999 i
11.
 
Sony RX100 IV4.5/5+ +..85/1004/54.5/5 Jun 2015 999i
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.

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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?

The camera gets its power from the DB-110 (here at amazon), which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Camera to camera comparisons

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    Specifications Summary
    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 Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    Sensor Area 367 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.2 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x
    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
    Screen Specs
    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
    Touch Input Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking Feature
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 4 shutter flaps/s
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer Built-in
    Image StabilizationIn-body stabilization
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 3.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs
    Battery Type DB-110 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)200 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 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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