May 16, 2022

Ricoh is releasing an “Urban” limited edition version of the GR IIIx with new focus and exposure modes

Ricoh has actually revealed a brand-new Ricoh GR IIIx Urban Edition Special Limited Kit– little bit of a mouthful. As the name recommends, its a new minimal edition version of the GR IIIx which uses a metal grey finish with a blue accent around the lens barrel in addition to some unique matching devices. Its not just a quite face. The GRX IIIx Urban, as well call it from now on, also sports brand-new exposure and focus modes that the basic GR IIIx does not have.

Other than the new exposure and focus modes– which will likewise be pertaining to the basic GR IIIx in a future firmware update– the specs are identical to the regular GR IIIx. And despite being a restricted edition, the price difference over the standard design isnt that bad, either. Youre just paying an extra $100 for your bragging rights.

As discussed, despite the fact that the GR IIIx Urban is debuting new direct exposure and focus mode, those features will likewise be coming to the standard GR IIIx at some time in a firmware update that accompanies the release of the Urban minimal edition set, Ricoh states. So, yes, ultimately you are simply spending for a brand-new paint job over the standard model. Regarding exactly what the new modes are, heres what Ricoh needs to say:

Snap Distance Priority mode, a new direct exposure setting: Once the favored range for pictures and the preferred depth of field (DOF) are embeded in advance, the video camera lets the user rapidly and quickly recall these settings. This setting is programmed to pick the aperture, offering the depth of field utilized in pan-focus photography, making it especially helpful for quick snapshot photography.
Car Area AF (Center) focus mode: Instead of covering the entire image field, this mode runs only in 9 focus zones around the center of the image field, preventing the electronic camera from concentrating on unexpected aspects, such as a grassy field in the foreground of an image.
Enable AF mode shutter-release capability: When the shutter-release button is pushed midway down, the user can lock the AF system only, without locking the AE system.
Photo mode: A range setting of 11.5 feet (3.5 meters) has been contributed to the Snapshot mode; and a long press on the monitor throughout playback permits the user to immediately recall the playback function choice menu.

Other than the new direct exposure and focus modes– which will also be coming to the basic GR IIIx in a future firmware update– the specifications are similar to the regular GR IIIx. As discussed, even though the GR IIIx Urban is debuting brand-new direct exposure and focus mode, those features will also be coming to the standard GR IIIx at some point in a firmware update that coincides with the release of the Urban limited edition kit, Ricoh says.

The Ricoh GR IIIx Urban Edition Special Limited Kit is anticipated to start delivering in April 2022 in limited amounts and will cost $1,099. Compared to the $999 rate of the basic GR IIIx, thats not a bad premium for a minimal edition model. Its certainly more affordable than what Leica charges for their glossy paint task limited editions. You can read the complete press release here.

The GRX IIIx Urban, as well call it from now on, likewise sports brand-new direct exposure and focus modes that the basic GR IIIx does not have.