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Ricoh announces GR III development so you don't forget its APS-C compact

Look for it in 2019.

Lori Grunin Senior Editor / Advice
I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
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Lori Grunin

The Ricoh GR III is a little less angular than the GR II, but otherwise looks pretty similar.


"In development" announcements have recently become popular with camera and lens manufacturers as the way to reassure fans that they're really working on something great after long months (or years) of silence. But Ricoh's announcement that a GR III -- the update to its GR II fixed-focal-length, APS-C compact -- is "currently under development" with few details seems a little desperate for Photokina 2018, especially since it's not slated to ship until early 2019.

Ricoh says it's redesigned the lens and will have an updated image sensor and processor. Since the GR II is three years old, those are pretty much a given for any update. Fujifilm offers its only real competition and has both ends of the spectrum covered with the ultracheap upstart $500 XF10 and the veteran favorite, stuck-at-$1,200-all-these-years, X100 line. Let's hope Ricoh has some surprises for us in 2019.

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