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Ricoh announces the GR Digital III camera

High-spec digital camera with fixed focal length

Ricoh GR Digital III camera

Ricoh has launched its GR Digital III, a high-end compact digital camera with a fixed focal length, large 10Mp image sensor and high-resolution LCD display.

The Ricoh GR Digital III is the successor to the GR Digital II, but with several improvements according to Ricoh. Like the earlier model, the GR Digital III has a fixed 28mm lens.

Low-light photography

The lack of the zoom results in an increased sensitivity to light according to Ricoh. The company promises that the GR Digital III will be quick to operate. The speed of the GR Digital II certainly impressed our researchers when the model was tested in the Which? labs last year.

Large aperture

The new Ricoh comes with a large aperture F1.9 lens, providing a greater aperture than many kit lenses found on digital SLRs. A large aperture means that more light will get through to the sensor, allowing scenes to be shot at quicker speeds and in darker conditions.

This type of lens may prove a boon for fast-paced indoor shots, and it could lend itself well to portrait photography, due to the sharp depth of field it will offer.

Manual control and customisable settings

The Ricoh GR Digital III features a host of manual controls and allows the user to create up to six customised settings, which can then be named.

Richard Parris, Which? digital camera expert, said: ‘Fixed lenses aren’t that common among compact cameras, as many people prefer having the freedom to zoom as they wish. But with this large aperture and impressive sensor size, Ricoh may be able to deliver great quality pictures with the GR Digital III.’

Digital camera reviews

The Ricoh GR Digital III will become available mid-August, when it will retail for around £530.

For a full review of the Ricoh GR Digital II, as well as almost 300 compact digital camera reviews, check out our digital camera report.

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