The Ricoh GR Digital series of compact cameras have been a popular choice among photographers who want a stealthy point-and-shoot snapper that offers manual focus and exposure control. The Japanese company has now updated the line with the GR Digital III, whose optics should appeal to enthusiasts.
The 28mm fixed lens has a maximum aperture of f1.9. Shutterbugs who like to snap pictures at night will find this large lens opening useful. Besides the usual JPEG image format, the 10-megapixel camera is able to take raw pictures, and the 76mm (3-inch) screen has been upgraded to a higher-resolution 920,000-pixel display. Although this professional-orientated point-and-shoot records video at only a 640x480-pixel resolution, we're pretty sure its target audience won't mind.
The GR Digital III is compatible with a wide range of accessories made for the GR Digital II, save for a few peripherals such as the GH-1 lens hood.
The Ricoh camera is expected to hit shelves in the UK for £530 in mid-August.