The Street Photographer’s Pocket Camera – Ricoh GR IIIx Urban Edition
We recommend the Ricoh GR series for street photographers as the ideal pocketable camera. They are simple in their design, with a few handy tricks and distinct features. The Ricoh GR IIIx is built with a 40mm equivalent lens, designed for single-handed photography. The shutter button is wide and easy to access, and we love the look and finish of the Urban Edition of this camera.
The Ricoh GR IIIx Urban Edition is accented by a navy-blue ring around the lens barrel. The camera body is finished in a metallic grey, reminiscent of the gritty tones of the urban landscape. This unique exterior finish was created with a multi-coat process, which results in the camera’s distinctive appearance and smooth texture. The coating also helps to make it easier for a photographer to get a firm grip on the camera.
Special Features – The Snap Focus and Snap Distance Priority
- Snap Distance Priority Mode:
You can now preset snap focus distance and depth of field. This Snap Distance Priority Mode works well for street photography since it allows you to move quickly to capture the moment. It’s a unique feature that allows you to select the depth of field from a range of DOF1 to DOF3. DOF1 provides the shallowest depth and DOF3 provides the deepest. DOF3 sets the aperture value that makes the depth of field close to pan-focus around the selected Snap Focus Distance. This allows you to shoot on the go without worrying about your focus position or focusing time. Document the moment more spontaneously using this feature.
- Auto Area AF (Center) Focus Mode:
Instead of covering the entire image field, this mode operates only in nine focus zones around the center of the image field, preventing the camera from focusing on unintended elements.
- Enable AF Mode Shutter-Release Capability:
When the shutter-release button is pressed halfway down, the user can lock the AF system only, without locking the AE system.
- Snapshot Mode:
A distance setting of 11.5 feet (3.5 meters) has been added to the Snapshot mode; a long press on the monitor during playback allows the user to instantly recall the playback function selection menu.
This is a compact camera that provides manual control, and excellent image quality, in a classic and subtle design, the Ricoh GR IIIx Urban Edition is a great choice. It is currently priced at $1,329.99. Order one today with free shipping across Canada.
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