week 12 | 2011

2011, Photography, Project, weekly project

Tomorrow, March 28, Ricoh will release new firmware updates for the GXR and the GRDIII. These latest firmware for the GRDIII will give an indication of some the standard features of the later this year to be announced GRDIV. And how the GRDIV will be, I just don’t know. Only Ricoh Japan knows it, but we can only speculate. I just don’t know how much sense it makes to do so. The camera is probably already getting into final stage and we in the West have different expectations than Ricoh’s main customers in Japan.

Thankfully the current GRDIII is still an amazing camera and I am glad it is so small and lightweight with my current back conditions.

The photographs of this ongoing project will also be updated here.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

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11 thoughts on “week 12 | 2011

  1. Hi Wouter,

    When do you think would the new GRD IV be announced? I am very interested in one if the features are right!

    Great photography blog! Keep it up.

    Marco

    1. I guess it will be announced end of July or in August, Marco. The GRD will be replaced every two years. Do however expect delays here in the West due to huge demands in Japan and the rest of Asia. Two years ago I received a review sample in September, but it took more than a month before the GRDIII was largely available here.

    1. I have updated too, but find the AF tracking function not useful for me. I had hoped that there would be better manual adjusting for the white balance (setting Kelvin unlike some presets).

      Regarding the 21mm lens I just don’t know. It all depends on the used sensor. The current sensor that is being used in the GRDIII and the S10 module is not really new (it is also used in the Canon S95 and G12 for instance). If they stick to this sensor you will likely be able to use the attachment lens and Ricoh can only improve the image processing engine (there seem to be no new developments for 1/1.7″ sensors at Sony). Another option could be the even smaller sensor that is being used in the CX5, but I hope they won’t do that.

  2. I haven’t used the tracking yet but I think when I’m chasing my son around it might come in handy, might be too slow though. The WB I agree with you although I tend to do that afterwards anyway shooting raw.

    I guess I’ll wait till the iv before getting the lens.

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