The Ricoh GR III Diary Version which was beforehand solely accessible as a part of a restricted package is now being provided as a standalone digital camera.
Ricoh introduced the restricted package again in January with a run of two,000 complete models worldwide. At the moment, it promised the digital camera would turn out to be accessible 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 initially 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 Avenue Version package accessible the next yr in restricted portions after which adopted up with an City Version model of the digital camera after that. Just like the Diary Version, the City Version was described as produced in “restricted portions,” however finally Ricoh made the digital camera purchasable exterior of the equipment 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 fundamental promoting factors exterior of the digital camera itself have been the inclusion of a leather-based finger strap and a case fabricated from 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 shade 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 guaranteeing a agency grip.” The corporate provides that the colour helps the digital camera “mix” simply with each 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 just like unfavourable movie. The digital camera additionally shows the variety of photos captured every day, the entire variety of recorded photos, 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 accessible to all GR III and GR IIIx collection fashions with a firmware replace that grew to become accessible on January 20.
What remains to be distinctive to the Diary Version is the looks of the shut-down display screen, which options an embossed product brand towards a “fabric-textured background” in a shade just like the digital camera physique’s end.
The Ricoh GR III Diary Version standalone digital camera shall be accessible in late April for $1,020.