The Ricoh GR III Diary Version which was beforehand solely out there as part of a limited kit is now being supplied as a standalone digital camera.
Ricoh introduced the limited kit again in January with a run of two,000 whole models worldwide. At the moment, it promised the digital camera would turn out to be out there at a later date as a standalone and with out equipment, a promise that it has made good on in the present day.
The Diary Version was the newest in a run of particular version variations of the digital camera that Ricoh originally launched in 2019.
The corporate has performed on the GR III design a number of occasions. In September of 2021, it swapped out the 18.3mm lens of the GR III with a brand new 40mm f/2.8 optic to create the GR IIIx. The corporate made a Street Edition kit out there the next yr in restricted portions after which adopted up with an Urban Edition model of the digital camera after that. Just like the Diary Version, the City Version was described as produced in “restricted portions,” however ultimately Ricoh made the camera purchasable outside of the accessories it was initially bundled with. The “restricted” nature of Ricoh’s releases appears to be tied to the bundle of equipment and never the digital camera physique itself.
The Diary Version Restricted Equipment’s predominant promoting factors exterior of the digital camera itself have been the inclusion of a leather-based finger strap and a case product of unbleached sailcloth, each coloured to match the digital camera’s metallic “heat grey” end.
These equipment aren’t included with the standalone digital camera model, however there are additions to the Diary Version digital camera itself that may make it fascinating.
Firstly, the digital camera’s design matches the aesthetic of the aforementioned equipment. Ricoh says that the metallic, warm-gray coloration and textured floor of the GR III Diary Version digital camera physique are designed to “mirror the digital camera’s reliability and high quality, with the textured end additionally making certain a agency grip.” The corporate provides that the colour helps the digital camera “mix” simply with day by day life.
Ricoh says that the grip rubber has a dark-brown end that enhances the digital camera physique and when mounted, the ring cap with a natural-silver end, accentuates the warm-tones.
Operationally, the digital camera is principally the identical as the usual GR III save for the addition of a few new modes. Firstly, it has a brand new picture mode that the corporate says supplies an look that’s much like unfavourable movie. The digital camera additionally shows the variety of pictures captured every day, the entire variety of recorded pictures, and the firmware model simply earlier than its energy is shut off. These options have been distinctive to the GR III Diary Version for a short while, however Ricoh made them out there to all GR III and GR IIIx sequence fashions with a firmware replace that grew to become out there on January 20.
What remains to be distinctive to the Diary Version is the looks of the shut-down display, which options an embossed product brand towards a “fabric-textured background” in a coloration much like the digital camera physique’s end.
The Ricoh GR III Diary Version standalone digital camera shall be out there in late April for $1,020.