Ricoh GR III Camera Review

ISO: Night Scene

To supplement the test presented in the previous scene, we present two full-resolution scenes which can help to get a better understanding of the capabilities of the GR III.

Our last ISO test scene is a night panorama which illustrates how the GR III performs in low light. The two seconds timer was used and focus locked before capturing the first image. All images were shot in RAW+ mode and developed in Lightroom. Default development settings were used. We used auto white balance, "Vivid" custom image with default settings, no in-camera noise reduction, and no lens corrections.

In-camera JPEGs

The images can be clicked for a larger view, and full-size files are linked below each image.

ISO 100

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ISO 200

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ISO 400

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ISO 800

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ISO 1600

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ISO 3200

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ISO 6400

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ISO 12800

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ISO 25600

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ISO 51200

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ISO 102400

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The findings of the previous section hold. Until ISO 25600, the GR III is able to preserve a lot of detail. The JPEG engine does a great job with dark areas, and the balance between highlights and shadows is well tuned. Even at the two highest ISO values, the images are usable, if barely, for web posting at low resolutions.


Lightroom-processed RAW

The images can be clicked for a larger view, and full-size files are linked below each image.

ISO 100

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ISO 200

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ISO 400

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ISO 800

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ISO 1600

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ISO 3200

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ISO 6400

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ISO 12800

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ISO 25600

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ISO 51200

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ISO 102400

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The most obvious difference between the files processed in-camera and via Lightroom is noise handling at very high ISO values. Left to its default settings, Lightroom struggles to create usable images, in particular at ISO 102400. Fine-tuning the development settings will yield better results, of course.

At lower ISO settings, results are hard to differentiate versus the camera-generated JPEGs. The RAW files allow a finer control over details and sharpness, but the differences are minimal. This is a testament to the quality of the in-camera JPEG engine.

Verdict

The GR III handles noise as well as can be expected. In particular, the balance between light and shadow is well adjusted and the level of detail is high, even at medium ISO values.


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