Ricoh GR III Firmware v1.20 Released

Feature additions and performance improvements

By PF Staff in Firmware Updates on Jul 4, 2019
Ricoh GR III Firmware v1.20 Released

Ricoh Imaging today released the second firmware update, v1.20, for the recently-launched GR III. This update is also the first feature-enhancing update; it adds a handful of features to the camera which are not present in the original firmware.  Like all updates, it is cumulative and includes everything added in prior updated firmware versions.

Firmware Release Notes

New features added:

  • [Grain Effect] has been added to the [Monotone], [Soft Monotone], [Hard Monotone] and [Hi-Contrast B&W] still image modes as adjustment items under [Image control] of the Record 6 [Image Process Setting] menu.
  • [Horizon Correction] has been added to the Record 7 [Shooting Assist] menu in the [Still Image Setting]. For more details view the supplement to the GR III manual.
  • Startup time improved when starting the camera in playback mode
  • Improved release speed when shooting subjects in varying lighting conditions
  • In [Auto-area AF], improved a rare issue that occasionally caused back-focus
  • Improved stability for general performance.

Click here to download the update from the official Pentax firmware website.

For installation help or to discuss the update, visit our Ricoh GR forum.

Ricoh GR III Firmware Upgrade Instructions

  1. Download the firmware ZIP file
  2. Unzip the zip file to a folder of your choosing
  3. Locate the extracted .bin file and copy it to the root (top level i.e. outside of any folder) of a formatted SD card
  4. Insert the card into your camera and ensure the battery is fully charged
  5. Turn the camera on while holding the menu button
  6. Select "Yes" at the firmware upgrade prompt
  7. Once the screen displays "Update completed", turn off your camera
  8. Power your camera back on and resume normal use
  9. In order to verify that the firmware update was successful, go back to the firmware option in the setup menu. The screen should indicate the latest version. You can now resume normal camera use.

The Ricoh GR III, a 24-megapixel "pro" APS-C compact camera, has recently hit the shelves after seeing heavy demand through pre-orders.  The GR III currently retails for $899 in the US.  Our in-depth review of the camera will be posted in the coming days.

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