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Ricoh GR DIGITAL III 10 MP CCD Digital Camera with 28mm f-1.9 GR Fixed Lens and 3-Inch LCD by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Ricoh GR DIGITAL III 10 MP CCD Digital Camera with 28mm f/1.9 GR Fixed Lens and 3-Inch LCD
Report Date: 10/28/2015
Based on 45 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 2.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.7   above average
Compact4.6   average
Size4.6   average
Image4.5   above average
Lens4.4   exceptional
Light4.3   above average
Video4.3   average
Flash3.9   above average
Zoom3.5   below average


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Compact

Compact:
"Finally, at ISO 800 the Ricoh has no noise advantage over the S90 - neither compact should be used at that sensitivity."
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"It IS basic, but its so compact and easy to go wherever you go."
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"It is small and compact and easy to carry around but it has so many features that I just don't know what they all do."
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"BOTTOM LINEThe Ricoh GR Digital III is a joy to use and with its truly professional features, it is uniquely positioned - small, compact and exceptionally powerful."
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"If you purchase it, I'm sure you'll enjoy using this compact, yet powerful digital camera."
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"It's a compact, easy to use, but packed full of features camera."
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Flash

Flash:
"Inside I have problems if I don't use a flash."
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"I hate the way bright flashes can ruin a great photo."
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"Flash is hidden in the camera body until it's needed and it pops up."
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"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."
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"The camera has a built in flash and a hot foot as well."
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"I hate the way bright flashes can ruin a great photo."
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"In the house with the flash on, the pictures come out nice unless the subject is extra dark."
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"When the dog moved out of the corner into a little more light, the pictures were perfect although we still needed the flash."
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"The versatility of available settings is very impressive - exposure compensation, flash synchro settings, noise reduction, ISO settings, level adjustment correction, white balance compensation and several more."
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Image

Image:
"I have other shots that show this, but they are of my wife and I don't know how comfortable she is with me posting the pics here - I'll check and edit (maybe blur her face or something) and see if I can't post them here."
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"The image quality is excellent, though a bit of a caveat: if you are an amateur like me, don't expect a miraculous camera that makes your shots (or you) look better than they are."
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"The advantage over the (zooming) mainstream competition is slim though, and the two major issues that may irk the aspiring photographer are the missing image stabilizer and the mediocre software."
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"The Ricoh GRD III (like the GRD I) that I owned before is a superb little camera, capable of taking excellent images in the hands of an experienced photographer."
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"Brick like build quality, fast f 1.9 lens, shoots RAW files, discreet appearance, slim enough to pocket, very customisable interface, wonderful 920,000K LCD screen, adequate image quality, useful playback features like one button press to zoom into x16 to check focus, and just an overall great user experience withDirect access to exposure compensation (via dedicated up and down buttons) aperture and shutter, (via front and rear dials like on a mid-range DSLR) and ISO (via Adj lever)One button press access to (my custom settings) AEL Lock, Snap Focus, Macro,One press of Adj lever and move lever left or right to choose any number of things like Continuous mode, White balance, Flash amount, Picture quality (about 15 to choose from)I compared this to my Canon s95 which was more versatile with zoom lens, smaller and easier to pocket, better movie mode, probably better high ISO quality, and above average user interface but ended up selling it and keeping this."
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"The shots are high resolution images and really look great."
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"Please see the customer images section of this page (you can see some of this discussion in the comments section of this review as well).I think I left the last paragraph a little lacking, so I'll provide more information here."
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"The image quality is excellent, though a bit of a caveat: if you are an amateur like me, don't expect a miraculous camera that makes your shots (or you) look better than they are."
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Lens

Lens:
"Such a camera would be unique at this time as far as I know, as all the other Manufacturers are selling theirs with exchangeable kit lenses that aren't really that great, which of course is meant to get you to buy more lenses from them in the future."
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"What is does have is a fantastic prime 28mm lens, rapid AF, RAW shooting and fully manual controls."
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"Brick like build quality, fast f 1.9 lens, shoots RAW files, discreet appearance, slim enough to pocket, very customisable interface, wonderful 920,000K LCD screen, adequate image quality, useful playback features like one button press to zoom into x16 to check focus, and just an overall great user experience withDirect access to exposure compensation (via dedicated up and down buttons) aperture and shutter, (via front and rear dials like on a mid-range DSLR) and ISO (via Adj lever)One button press access to (my custom settings) AEL Lock, Snap Focus, Macro,One press of Adj lever and move lever left or right to choose any number of things like Continuous mode, White balance, Flash amount, Picture quality (about 15 to choose from)I compared this to my Canon s95 which was more versatile with zoom lens, smaller and easier to pocket, better movie mode, probably better high ISO quality, and above average user interface but ended up selling it and keeping this."
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"I knew full well it had a fixed lens, no hd video etc."
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"Yes the lens does seem to be BEST out of all the cameras in this category as to overall sharpness(corner to corner), hardly any chromatic aberration etc."
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"I would have happily paid $100 more to have an APS-C camera with an excellent fixed lens from Ricoh, where a small sensor doesn't diminish the usefulness of the expense of its lens."
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Light

Light:
"This keeps it not only pretty light, but also very strong."
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"The only pictures I have been disappointed in have been those in poor light."
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"Its ability to produce a beautiful exposure in almost any ambient light is amazing."
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"Picture quality is very good, f 1.9 really helps with under low light condition."
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"The ability of this camera to take amazing photos in low light is one of the main reasons why I love this camera."
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"The accurate colors, the quick shutter speed and the ability to take phenomenal low light photos are just a few of the reasons to buy this camera if you are remotely considering it."
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"When the dog moved out of the corner into a little more light, the pictures were perfect although we still needed the flash."
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Macro

Macro:
"I use the camera's macro function the most, and it takes beautiful pictures of small objects and insects."
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"This camera is terrific for landscape shots and macro photography, and has terrific light-sensitivity versatility (especially low-light, high ISO situations)."
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"I remember two friends that had macros back around 1980 and they were able to do amazing shots of my model railroad... very impressive."
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"One thing that has always fascinated me is the macro feature."
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"The incredible features of this camera include an amazing macro lens, an incredibly low aperture feature and a fixed lens."
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Photography

Photography:
"I wouldn't give this less than a five star rating because even my complaints very well could be because I dont' have the photography know how to correct them."
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"I fall somewhere in the middle, meaning I really enjoy photography but I admit I am also a bit of a gadget nut, hence buying all these similar cameras in hopes of finding a REAL winner STANDOUT."
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"Again, if you can handle the price and are moderately curious and or experienced with photography, this camera is a very well-built, high quality piece of kit."
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"This camera is terrific for landscape shots and macro photography, and has terrific light-sensitivity versatility (especially low-light, high ISO situations)."
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"I wouldn't give this less than a five star rating because even my complaints very well could be because I dont' have the photography know how to correct them."
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"It's going to be used for an old time photography booth at a street fair and it has never failed to take awesome pictures with a steady hand."
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Quality

Quality:
"There is a little bit of noise when you crop the picture from long distances, but overall quality is so much better It's a compromise I can make."
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"The image quality is excellent, though a bit of a caveat: if you are an amateur like me, don't expect a miraculous camera that makes your shots (or you) look better than they are."
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"Brick like build quality, fast f 1.9 lens, shoots RAW files, discreet appearance, slim enough to pocket, very customisable interface, wonderful 920,000K LCD screen, adequate image quality, useful playback features like one button press to zoom into x16 to check focus, and just an overall great user experience withDirect access to exposure compensation (via dedicated up and down buttons) aperture and shutter, (via front and rear dials like on a mid-range DSLR) and ISO (via Adj lever)One button press access to (my custom settings) AEL Lock, Snap Focus, Macro,One press of Adj lever and move lever left or right to choose any number of things like Continuous mode, White balance, Flash amount, Picture quality (about 15 to choose from)I compared this to my Canon s95 which was more versatile with zoom lens, smaller and easier to pocket, better movie mode, probably better high ISO quality, and above average user interface but ended up selling it and keeping this."
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"This Camera's build quality is very good."
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"The imagine quality with this camera is just remarkable outside."
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"The picture quality is just goo good, for such a small camera and the shutter speed is fast."
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"The image quality is excellent, though a bit of a caveat: if you are an amateur like me, don't expect a miraculous camera that makes your shots (or you) look better than they are."
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Setting

Setting:
"What I mean is that I don't want to study manuals or spend hours fiddling with settings, I just want to be able to point and shoot."
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"So I won't claim to understand everything this camera can do, but it makes a darn nice point and shoot too if you use the default settings."
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"The versatility of available settings is very impressive - exposure compensation, flash synchro settings, noise reduction, ISO settings, level adjustment correction, white balance compensation and several more."
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"Macro setting is very easy to use and produces incredible results!"
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Size

Size:
"For me the Ricoh wouldn't be the best every day camera, but for those who want a small camera for good, spur of the moment photos, or for photos of people, pets, or baby people in no flash situations, the Ricoh GR might be ideal."
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"High ISO is up there with the best of the small sensor cameras though limited to ISO 1600 max."
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"I would have happily paid $100 more to have an APS-C camera with an excellent fixed lens from Ricoh, where a small sensor doesn't diminish the usefulness of the expense of its lens."
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"The picture quality is just goo good, for such a small camera and the shutter speed is fast."
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"I use the camera's macro function the most, and it takes beautiful pictures of small objects and insects."
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"The blend of size, features and quality have made it a great camera."
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Speed

Speed:
"Very good AF speed, and accurate as well."
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"The picture quality is just goo good, for such a small camera and the shutter speed is fast."
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"The accurate colors, the quick shutter speed and the ability to take phenomenal low light photos are just a few of the reasons to buy this camera if you are remotely considering it."
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"This is also a pretty fast camera."
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Video

Video:
"The video capacity is pretty rudimentary, not recommended for movie prodigies, but for casual snaps, this camera gives you more than you will likely need."
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"Brick like build quality, fast f 1.9 lens, shoots RAW files, discreet appearance, slim enough to pocket, very customisable interface, wonderful 920,000K LCD screen, adequate image quality, useful playback features like one button press to zoom into x16 to check focus, and just an overall great user experience withDirect access to exposure compensation (via dedicated up and down buttons) aperture and shutter, (via front and rear dials like on a mid-range DSLR) and ISO (via Adj lever)One button press access to (my custom settings) AEL Lock, Snap Focus, Macro,One press of Adj lever and move lever left or right to choose any number of things like Continuous mode, White balance, Flash amount, Picture quality (about 15 to choose from)I compared this to my Canon s95 which was more versatile with zoom lens, smaller and easier to pocket, better movie mode, probably better high ISO quality, and above average user interface but ended up selling it and keeping this."
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"I knew full well it had a fixed lens, no hd video etc."
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"The camera takes VGA size movies as well, not HD."
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"I love that it takes movies, and the movies can be up to 90 minutes long, or so the booklet says!"
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Zoom

Zoom:
"We were disappointed that you can't zoom in further with this camera, yet in our everyday picture taking we haven't been displeased."
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"The one disappointing aspect of this camera for me is the lack of a real zoom."
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"It appeals to people who are ready to spend a little more and are not easily blinded by number of pixels, 10x zooms, or software trinkets."
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"I've played with it for a couple of days, reading the manual and being overwhelmed by the number of adjustments you can make to it, but feeling a bit confused by the lack of zoom."
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"Brick like build quality, fast f 1.9 lens, shoots RAW files, discreet appearance, slim enough to pocket, very customisable interface, wonderful 920,000K LCD screen, adequate image quality, useful playback features like one button press to zoom into x16 to check focus, and just an overall great user experience withDirect access to exposure compensation (via dedicated up and down buttons) aperture and shutter, (via front and rear dials like on a mid-range DSLR) and ISO (via Adj lever)One button press access to (my custom settings) AEL Lock, Snap Focus, Macro,One press of Adj lever and move lever left or right to choose any number of things like Continuous mode, White balance, Flash amount, Picture quality (about 15 to choose from)I compared this to my Canon s95 which was more versatile with zoom lens, smaller and easier to pocket, better movie mode, probably better high ISO quality, and above average user interface but ended up selling it and keeping this."
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":) BUT other than purple fringing, or extreme corner to corner sharpness it's nice to have the option of a zoom."
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"However, that's probably a good thing because too often I rely on a tight zoom for a good picture."
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"That is just personal preference, on a camera that costs this much I want an impressive zoom and this camera does not have it."
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