Industry News: Ricoh GR III Premium APS-C Compact Camera Announced

Ricoh GR III

Ricoh GR III at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • GR Engine 6
  • 28mm f/2.8 Lens (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3-Axis Shake Reduction System
  • 3.0″ 1.037m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080/60p Video Recording
  • Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi
  • Hybrid AF System, Macro Mode
  • 35mm and 50mm Focal Length Crop Modes
  • USB Type-C Port, 1x SD Card Slot

It took them a lot of time but eventually Ricoh announced the replacement for their much beloved Ricoh GR II compact camera with APS-C sensor and fixed lens. Guess Leica should have a close look at the design of the Ricoh before touting their overpriced toys for “letting you go unnoticed on the streets“. If I want to be unnoticed on the streets I’d go for Ricoh GR III and not for a ridiculously priced Leica camera.

The Ricoh GR III can be pre-ordered for $899.95 at B&H Photo and Adorama

Press release:

Ricoh launches RICOH GR III high-end, compact digital camera

Newest model in the popular RICOH GR series delivers exceptional image quality in a smaller, lightweight body, making it ideal for street photography

WEST CALDWELL, NJ, February 21, 2019 – Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced the launch of the highly anticipated RICOH GR III camera. The new camera is the latest model in the RICOH GR series, a lineup of high-end digital cameras providing exceptional image quality in a compact, lightweight body ideal for street photography, travel and capturing candid images.

The RICOH GR III features a newly designed lens, image sensor and imaging engine that further upgrade image quality, enhance functionality and improve usability. The 18.3mm F2.8 lens delivers exceptional imaging performance with a slim design, consisting of six optical elements in four groups, while retaining the 28mm angle of view. It produces the clearest, sharpest images in GR-series history while reducing distortion and chromatic aberration. It also comes equipped with a macro shooting capability with a minimum focusing distance of six centimeters.

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Canon Set To Use A Sony Back-Illuminated APS-C Sensor In Future Cameras?


Another weird rumor to report.

It’s suggested Canon might use the new Sony IMX571 image sensor in an upcoming APS-C camera system. No hints if it will be a MILC or a DSLR.

The Sony IMX571 sensor is back-illuminated, has a resolution of 26MP and does 16 frame per second.

Despite Canon used Sony sensors in the past for their Powershot cameras, we do not think a Sony sensor will be featured on DSLR or mirrorless camera. We did not get any suggestion pointing in this direction.

Stay tuned.

Canon EOS R With APS-C Sensor Rumor Surfaces Again (tell us what you think)

Canon Eos R Mark Ii Rumor

Since the launch of the Canon EOS R there was a weird rumor that was immediately pushed by some sites. An EOS R model with APS-C sensor.

It’s suggested again Canon might announce an EOS R model with an APS-C sensor. We think this rumor has no foundation, and doesn’t make any sense either. The rumor is hard to die, even after a Canon exec stated clearly that there will be no EOS R with APS-C sensor (machine translated): “Since EOS R is a full-size system, it can not be downsized to EOS M size. EOS M has a role/existence value as an APS-C system. It’s obviously a rumor that excites people and causes a lot of talk.

The Canon exec statement above is interpreted by some people as just meaning that the RF mount and the ergonomics of the EOS R can not be reduced to the smaller form factor of the EOS M line. In other words: the EOS M system is the compact and consumer oriented mirrorless APS-C system and it will soon have a more professional oriented APS-C sibling with the EOS R form factor. That sibling would be a mirrorless version of the next EOS 7D series camera, an EOS 7D Mark III in the housing of an EOS R. There are no hints about when such an EOS R model might be announced.

We think this doesn’t mask any sense, even if it is feasible from an engineering point of view. We recommend you don’t get to excited on this rumor, take it with a (huge) grain of salt. Do you think we might be wrong? Tell us what you think in the poll below and in the comment section.

Do you think Canon will release an EOS R model with APS-C sensor?

  • No, they won't (45%, 204 Votes)
  • Yes, they will (44%, 201 Votes)
  • I'm not sure (12%, 53 Votes)

Total Voters: 458

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There will be no Canon EOS R with an APS-C sensor

Canon Eos R Price

I don’t know who originated this rumor but unfortunately it’s making its rounds on the web.

It’s suggested that Canon might have an EOS R model with APS-C sensor on their agenda. This is utterly and outmost something that will not happen. We got this confirmed from our sources.

Canon’s mirrorless line-up with APS-C sensor is the EOS M system. Although you may object that there are still few lenses (but a new EF-M 32mm f/1.4 has just been announced), this is the mirrorless system Canon designed for APS-C sensors and it is the system Canon will invest into and expand in the years to come. The replacements for the Canon EOS M5 and the EOS M6 are expected to be announced next year.

Unfortunately anything related to the Canon EOS R gets you a lot of traffic and so it comes that such rumors get born and spread. Unfortunately, this rumor will not disappear easily or anytime soon.

Stay tuned.

Does this Canon patent for a 15-43mm f/2-4 lens for APS-C sensors refer to the Powershot G1 X Mark III?

Very interesting patent for 15-43mm f/2-4 lens for APS-C sensors that may point to the upcoming Canon Powershot G1 X Mark III camera, rumored to have an APS-C sensor.

  • Zoom ratio: 2.74
  • Focal length: 15.65 29.18 42.90
  • F No.: 2.06 2.99 4.00
  • Half angle: 41.12 25.09 17.66
  • Image height: 13.66 13.66 13.66
  • Back focus: 8.52 8.01 7.20

Patent literature is hard to grasp. Any help is welcome.

In a zoom lens from which an interval of a lens group which comprises the 1st lens group of negative refracting power, the 2nd lens group of positive refracting power, the 3rd lens group of positive refracting power, the 4th lens group of negative refracting power, and the 5th lens group of positive refracting power, and is adjacent to on the occasion of zooming arranged in order from the object side to the image side changes, between said 2nd lens group and the 3rd lens group, have an aperture diaphragm and said 4th lens group moves on the occasion of focusing — said 4th lens group — most — a curvature radius of a lens surface on the object side — a time of setting a curvature radius of a lens surface on the image side to R4b most of R4a and said 4th lens group, 0.2<(R4b+R4a)/(R4b-R4a)<3.0 A zoom lens satisfying a becoming conditional expression.

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