Ricoh Imaging has confirmed that it will be exhibiting its GR III model at this year’s Photokina event in Cologne. The company had already confirmed that it would be working on a follow-up to 2015’s GR II model earlier in the year, although no other details were confirmed at the time. Today’s announcement still holds a few things back and stresses that the model is still under development, although it does reveal key specs for the new release (which, the company points out, are still subject to change). The GR III ushers in a fresh 24.24MP APS-C sensor, which is a significant step up in pixel count on the 16.2MP sensor inside the GR II. This is paired with a new processing engine and a newly designed lens, the trio “designed to further upgrade image quality, strengthen many of the functions and improve the user interface.” While the new lens maintains the same 18.3mm focal length and f/2.8 maximum aperture as before, a revised optical design sees six elements arranged over four groups (including two aspherical elements), in contrast to the seven-element, five group design common to GR II and the original GR. Taking the size of the APS-C sensor into account, this provides the user with a focal length equivalent to around 28mm in 35mm terms. Three-axis image stabilization Another significant change from the GR II is the presence of a three-axis sensor-based Shake Reduction system, while a hybrid phase- and contrast-detect AF setup upgrades the GR II’s sometimes-tardy… [Read full story]
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