Ricoh GR III Field Test Part II: Night done right—This tiny street-shooter lets you leave your tripod at home


posted Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 5:21 PM EDT

Click here to read part two of my Ricoh GR III Field Test


It's been a few weeks since my first field test with the tiny Ricoh GR III, an unassuming little street shooter that offers image quality you wouldn't expect from its compact form factor. In that first test, which you can read here, I took a look at the GR III's body design and handling, as well as its image quality in good light. I also took a look at its rather abbreviated battery life, and came away with the conclusion that it's not really such a big deal in the real world.

There were a few things I didn't have time to address in that first field test, but I'm back now to follow up with round two. This time, we'll be taking a look at the GR III's low-light and night-shooting chops, not just from the point of view of high ISO capture, but also long exposures both tripod-mounted and handheld. (Spoiler alert: I did indeed say handheld. The GR III easily allows multi-second exposures without a tripod in sight!)

1/30 sec. @ f/2.8, ISO 2500. Image is direct from the camera and unedited.

1/30 sec. @ f/2.8, ISO 2500. Image is direct from the camera and unedited.

But I'm getting ahead of myself in my enthusiasm. My second field test, which also includes a look at the GR III's wireless communications feature set, as well as a few other points I'd missed in my earlier field test, contains the full story.

If you've not already read part one of my GR III Field Test you'll want to start there first. When you're done, you'll find part two of the field test here. Be sure to check out my GR III gallery as well, where you'll find even more shots that I didn't have room to fit alongside both field tests! And watch this space for the remainder of our lab testing, plus our final conclusion, all coming soon!

Ricoh GR III Review • Field Test Part I •
Field Test Part II • Gallery Images