It has been said the best camera is the one you have with you, and I always have a camera with me. It is in my pocket now. It… is my brand-new Ricoh GR III X camera. So, I have a smartphone in my other pocket, although I would rather be a Ricoh GR III. Although both my GR III X and Google Pixel 4a have better cameras, I spend three times as much time with the camera as I do with my phone – and never make calls, set my life , or directly where I went.
So what on earth would allow anyone to share with £ 900 (or around $ 999 / AU $ 1,699) for a compact camera, when the money could be used to upgrade to something like the iPhone 13 Pro? Okay, let me answer that by telling you a little bit about my new camera. The Ricoh GR III X is not a compact camera, which is why it is the same price as an iPhone 13 Pro. It is built-in for outdoor photography favorites, with a quick start time of less than a minute, with controls and calls that I can schedule ahead of time to make sure the settings are right for the time opening in front of me .
I can put the whole camera system into a custom shooting mode, and I can do that for three user comment sets. For example, one of them can set your focus to a specific distance via ‘Snap Focus’, your image style is set to powerful black and white, set the display meter to protect the targets, and the list goes on.
But what does all this mean? Okay, as I understand the camera and tweaked over time, I can instinctively change or change the dial and the camera is ready to handle the appointment time with precision, with the display and style I like. Minimal fiddling involved, and far faster than a phone.
Despite its small size, the GR III X combines a large 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a 40mm f / 2.8 sharp lens. That has a lot of pixels to play with, including the sensor size and wide-angle lens giving me organic control over field depth. I can blur the backgrounds in my pictures for real, and the results are the trumpet of any Picture mode. This is not a fallible smartphone computing workaround; this is a real thing and you can say.
Tim Coleman has enjoyed more than 15 years in the photography industry. Graphic designer, writer, camera-reviewer and video editor, Tim was part of the team at Amateur Photographer Magazine for three years as Vice President of Technology and then worked as Editor for Vanguard Europe. Currently, it is free for many photo titles alongside video production for Studio 44 and free for non-gaming in East Africa.