Ricoh GR IIIx: limited “Urban Edition” camera unveiled

March 10, 2022

Ricoh has launched the GR IIIx Urban Edition Special Limited Kit – a limited version of its 24MP GR IIIx camera with new exposure and focus modes and an updated exterior design.

The good news for Already owners of a Ricoh GR IIIx can upgrade their cameras with the new modes via a firmware update when the Ricoh GR IIIx Urban Edition Special Limited Kit launches in April 2022.

New exposure and focus modes

The new exposure and focus modes included in the “Urban” version of the GR IIIx are:

Snap Distance Priority Mode

Once the preferred snapshot distance and desired depth of field are set in advance, the camera lets the user recall these settings quickly and easily. This setting is programmed to choose the aperture that provides the depth of field used in pan-focus photography, making it particularly handy for quick snapshot photography.

Auto Area AF (Center) focus mode

Rather than covering the entire frame, this mode only operates in nine focus zones around the center of the frame, preventing the camera from focusing on unintended elements such as objects. B. a meadow in the foreground of an image.

Activate trigger function in AF mode

When the shutter button is pressed halfway, the user can only lock the AF system without locking the AE system.

snapshot mode

A distance setting of 3.5 meters (11.5 feet) has been added to snapshot mode, and a long press on the monitor during playback allows the user to instantly bring up the playback function selection menu.

Front view of the new Ricoh GR IIIx Urban Edition camera

Front view of the new Ricoh GR IIIx Urban Edition camera

Exterior styling changes

The GR IIIx Urban Edition Special Limited Kit includes a Metallic gray finish, a blue ring around the lens barrel and a collection of matching accessoriesincluding a matching leather wrist strap and metallic hot shoe cover.

Ricoh says the blue, “was chosen to represent typical street shooter imagery, such as the deep blue sky reflected in a puddle after a rain, or the bright neon signs of a city that never sleeps.” and says the gunmetal gray finish is ‘Reminiscent of the gritty tones of the urban landscape.’

availability and price

The Ricoh GR IIIx Urban Edition Special Limited Kit will be available in limited quantities from April 2022 for $1099. The body-only version of this kit will be available later this year in “Summer 2022” at an undisclosed price.

No exact UK pricing has been confirmed, but it could be close Original £899 GR IIIx.


Below is the press release from Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation:

RICOH announces Ricoh GR IIIx Urban Edition Special Limited Kit

The Limited Edition bundle includes a metallic gray camera with a blue-accented lens barrel and exclusive accessories; Model debuts new GR IIIx exposure and focus modes

PARSIPPANY, NJ March 9, 2022 — Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced the RICOH GR IIIx Urban Edition Special Limited Kit. This bundle contains the RICOH GR IIIx high-end digital compact camera with a gunmetal gray finish and a navy blue ring around the lens barrel. It also includes exclusive specially designed accessories: a leather wrist strap and a metal hot shoe cover. The kit will be available in limited quantities beginning April 2022 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,099.95.

A second special package – the body-only version of the RICOH GR IIIx Urban Edition (camera body only, without genuine leather wrist strap and metal hot shoe cover) – is scheduled to be available in Summer 2022.

Key Features of RICOH GR III Street Edition Special Limited Kit

The RICOH GR IIIx Urban Edition’s camera body is accented by a navy blue ring around the lens barrel. This color was chosen to represent typical street shooter imagery, such as the deep blue sky reflected in a puddle after a rain, or the bright neon signs of a city that never sleeps. The camera body is finished in metallic gray, reminiscent of the somber tones of the urban landscape. This unique exterior finish requires a multi-layer process that results in the camera’s distinctive appearance and smooth texture. The coating also helps a photographer get a grip on the camera.

The navy blue stripe on the leather hand strap matches the color of the lens barrel ring and complements the overall design of the camera. The package also includes a specially designed metallic black hot shoe cover.

The Ricoh GR IIIx Urban Edition with leather strap and hot shoe cover

The Ricoh GR IIIx Urban Edition with leather strap and hot shoe cover

This camera also introduces several new features that will also be available on standard GR IIIx models with firmware updates that will be released along with the availability of this limited edition kit. These are:

  • Snap Distance Priority mode, a new exposure setting: Once the preferred snap distance and desired depth of field (DOF) are set in advance, the camera lets the user recall those settings quickly and easily. This setting is programmed to choose the aperture that provides the depth of field used in pan-focus photography, making it particularly handy for quick snapshot photography.
  • Auto Area AF (Center) focus mode: Instead of covering the entire frame, this mode only works in nine focus zones around the center of the frame, preventing the camera from focusing on unintended elements like a meadow in the foreground of an image.
  • Enable shutter function in AF mode: When the shutter button is pressed halfway, the user can only lock the AF system without locking the AE system.
  • Snapshot Mode: A distance setting of 3.5 meters (11.5 feet) has been added to Snapshot mode; By long pressing on the monitor during playback, the user can instantly enter the playback function selection menu.

When the camera is turned off, the camera displays an original shutdown screen with the product logo and a street view image, symbolizing the pack’s urban-oriented concept.

Note: The camera’s other specifications are identical to those of the standard GR IIIx model.


On the subject of matching items:

Ricoh GR IIIx announced with new 40mm lens

Ricoh GR III review

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