Compacts have their work cut out in today’s smartphone era, but premium models like the new Ricoh GR III still have their advantages. Michael Topham reviews the latest member in the GR-series
Ricoh GR III: Crop modes
A concern of some might be that the GR III’s lens has a field of view that’s too wide. Opportunities may arise where the 28mm equivalent focal length is too short and it’s in these situations where the GR III’s digital crop modes can be used to get in closer.
As well as a 35mm crop mode that produces a 15MP image, there’s a 50mm crop mode that creates a 7MP image. Activating these crop modes is simple enough from the menu, but to access them faster you can assign ‘crop’ to a function button and cycle through the different options.
When a crop mode is selected the focal length is displayed in the top right corner and the preview image fills the screen.
For times when the GR III’s lens isn’t wide enough there’s the option to fit a GW-4 wide conversion lens (£229). This changes the field of view to a 21mm equivalent, however it does also require the GA-1 lens adapter (£39) to attach it. Add the GW-4 lens and GA-1 adapter to the cost of the GR III and it takes the overall cost to £1067.