Firmware update Information for GR III and GR IIIx - Feature Updates

Firmware update for Ricoh GRIII GR IIIX

Firmware update information for Ricoh GR III and Ricoh GR IIIx

This Function Expand Firmware has been designed to further enhance the performance and operability of your RICOH GR III, by adding the latest functions and new settings to the camera.

Based on the five development principles for GR cameras (please watch also the GR-Story)  we react on user wishes and requirments and adding functions and new settings with new firmware versions.

Please find with this page information about RICOH GR III and RICOH GR IIIx updates.


12.04.24 - By upgrading to the newest firmware version, the following functions are added / updated

[Enhanced Features] 
Custom White Balance
Up to 3 custom white balances can now be registered


“Custom 1-3” has been added to the white balance menu. By selecting one of Custom 1-3 and going to the detailed setting, you can set a combination of the base white balance of your choice and the fine tuned white balance.


Added "Zone Select AF" 
The new firmware includes “Zone Select AF,” which allows the user to select any zone within the 3×3 focusing area and automatically focus on the appropriate position within the area.


“Zone Select AF” is added to the Focus menu. By selecting Zone Select AF and pressing the OK button on the live view screen, the user can freely move the 3x3 area using the up/down/left/right keys to automatically focus on the appropriate position within the area. The area can also be moved by touching the screen.


[Improved Contents]

• Improved stability for general performance.


*The original special power-off graphic screen remains even after a firmware update in RICOH GR III Street Edition and RICOH GR III Diary Edition.


RICOH GR III (V1.91) (Please find the actual firmware version with this link...)

RICOH GR IIIx (V1.41) (Please find the actual firmware version with this link...)




Update History


23.08.23 - By upgrading to the newest firmware version, the following functions are added / updated


[New Functions]

1. Memory

The "Memory" function has been added. It allows you to pre-select between items that save the last setting values and items that return to the default settings at shutdown.

"Memory" has been added to the "Customize Controls" menu. You can select whether or not to save the last setting values at shutdown for 22 setting items.



2. More Assignable Functions

The number of function options when the movie button is long-pressed has been increased from 2 to 32. In the "Hold Movie/Wireless Btn." menu under "Customize Controls" and "Fn Button Settings”, you can select a function from a total of 32 items, including "Focus", "Set MF", "Set SNAP".



3. Folder Display by Date

The ability to display folders by shooting date during playback has been added. *Folders are not actually created by shooting date. On the playback screen, turning the front dial or the touch panel in the direction that further reduces the size of the thumbnail images enables display by date. By moving the cursor to a specific date and pressing the Delete button, you can delete all images taken on that date.


4. Multiple RAW Development

This new feature allows RAW development of multiple images at once. When thumbnail images are displayed on the playback screen, selecting “RAW Development” displays only images that can be RAW developed, allowing you to select multiple images and develop them at once. When folders are displayed by date, selecting “RAW Development” allows you to develop all the images in the folder at once.


5. Electronic Level Designs

Two new types of Electronic Level designs for shooting have been added. You can select from three types: Type 1, Type 2, and Type 3. The design of the Electronic Level displayed during shooting can be selected from three types. Sample display images of the Electronic Level Type1 Type2 Type3



6. 0.3m Snap Focus Distance

"0.3m" snapshot distance is available. This allows you to take quick snapshots of subjects at a closer distance. The "0.3m" option has been added to the "Focus Settings" and "Snap Focus Distance" menu. The shooting distance set here is reflected in [Snap Distance Priority Mode], [Full Press Snap], and [Snap] focus mode.

*This update also including all Updates before
*When this update is done, you will not be able to restore back to version before or earlier.




Update History

17.02.23 - By upgrading the following functions are added / updated

Improved Content

  • Improved stability of Shake Reduction operation.
  • Improved stability for general performance.



20.01.23 - By upgrading the following functions are added / updated

1. Image Control [Negative Film]

“Negative-Film" has been added as a new Image Control mode. By adjusting the color tones based on various negative films, the perfect balance between the faded look of photo printed from negative film and well-defined colors has been achieved.


“Negative-Film” has been added to the Image Control options. Various parameters including [Saturation], [Key], and [Contrast] can be adjusted to create the desired finish.



2. Power-off Information Display

In addition to the number of shots taken on the day, the total number of shots and firmware version can now be displayed (conventional display of only the number of shots taken on the day is also available).


3. Enhanced Smartphone Integration

Power-off function from ImageSync is now available. You can check and transfer images while the camera is in your bag, etc., and turn off the power.





05.04.22 - By upgrading the following functions are added / updated



1. Exposure mode “Snap Distance Priority Mode

A new exposure mode, “Snap Distance Priority Mode” has been installed. By setting the snapshot distance and depth of field (DOF) in advance, you can instantly recall the setting. DOF3, in particular, sets the f-stop so that the depth of field is close to pan-focus, allowing you to enjoy faster shooting.

[Snap Distance Priority] is added in the “Shooting Settings” menu.



2. Focus mode “Auto-area AF (Center)"

Auto-area AF (Center)” has been added to the the Focus. Auto-area AF works around the center of the frame (9 areas) instead of the entire frame. This prevents the camera from focusing on unintended areas such as the ground in front of you, allowing you more control of your street snaps.

[Auto-area AF (Center)] is added to the options for [Focus] in the “Focus Settings” menu.



3. Others

  • "Enable AF” has been added to the Shutter Button Setting. It is now possible, when the shutter button is pressed halfway, only the AF is locked without locking the AE.
  • “3.5m” has been added to the Snap Focus Distance. Long tapping on the playback screen can now recall the Playback Settings.




01.10.21 - By upgrading the following functions are added / updated
RICOH GR IIIx is launched based on this firmware version

1. Program Line “DOF Priority (Deep)"

A new Program Line [DOF Priority (Deep)] is available. This is a Program Line that maintains priority for a smaller aperture (F8.0) when shooting in the program mode. It widens the depth of field and enables you to easily take pan-focus shots when combined with the [Snap] setting in the focus mode.


2. “Face/Eye Detection” autofocus

Autofocus based on eye detection has been newly added to the conventional “Face Detection”. When focusing on a face or eyes, they will be displayed in a frame. It is enabled during shooting with [Auto-area AF], [Select AF], or [Pinpoint AF]. It is also possible to set it to function only during shooting with [Auto-area AF]. You can fix the autofocus frame depending on the subject even when prioritizing people by simply changing the focus mode without turning “Face/Eye Detection” on and off. 


3. Evolved image editing

Addition of aspect ratios 4:3 and 16:9 to “Cropping” in the playback menu. In addition to the existing aspect ratios 3:2 and 1:1, you can now crop images using the aspect ratios 4:3 and 16:9. It is also possible to rotate images to adjust subtle tilts. You can crop images after rotating them by up to ±45° in increments of 0.1°. Addition of monotone editing to “Base Parameter Adj” in the playback menu. You can change JPEG color images to monotone. Further adding unique adjustments to monotone images using “Filter Effect” and “Toning” allows you to also enjoy more creative expression.



4. More convenient experience with RAW Development

  • Selecting “Continue” after RAW Development enables you to continue developing the same RAW data after taking over the applied settings.
  • The preview display time of applied setting changes for such as Image Control has been reduced.


5. Transferring images with “Auto Resize”

You can now use the smart device app [Image Sync] to automatically resize the captured image size to XS and transfer it.
* Use the latest version of Image Sync.


6. Others

The stability of overall operation has been improved.



30.07.20 - By upgrading the following functions are added / updated

Full Press Snap enabled with touchscreen operations

Full Press Snap is a function that performs shooting with the focal distance set in advance. This function can now also be used by touching the monitor in addition to pressing the shutter release button fully and quickly. This is a snapshot function unique to GR that will keep you from ever missing another great photo moment.

[Full Press Snap] is added to the options for [Touch AF] in the “Customize Controls” menu.
Full Press Snap shooting does not have a time lag for focusing. The focal distance can be selected from 1m, 1.5m, 2m, 2.5m, 5m, and ∞.

Please watch our video about "Full Press Snap" Function on YouTube (link)



10.10.19 - By upgrading the following functions are added / updated

1. Cross Processing

[Cross Processing] has been added to [Image Control] of the Image Processing Setting menu with both still image and movie. By using [Cross Processing], you can shoot images with colors that differ greatly from the actual colors. You can change the color, contrast, and the brightness of the four corners by adjusting settings in the [Image Control].


2. Function registration to ADJ/exposure compensation lever

[Crop] and [Touch AF] can be assigned to [ADJ] from the Custom Controls. Instant access to assigned function just by pushing [ADJ]


3. Function registration to Fn button

The [Touch AF] can be registered to the [Fn Button]. Features of the [Touch AF] can be easily changed even during photo shooting.


In addition, we have improved the below functions and the stability for general performance.

  1. Improved the AF performance of [Macro Mode] in dark places and low contrast.
  2. When developing JPEG files from the [RAW Development] menu, the pixel count selected in [JPEG Recorded Pixels] will be retained as the default parameter.
  3. Change the Electronic Level not to be hidden by the guide display when preparing to shoot with the shutter button.



04.07.19 - By upgrading the following functions are added / updated

1. Grain Effect Setting

You can now set the [Grain Effect] setting in the monotone settings of the [Image Control]. Settable monotone settings are [Monotone], [Soft Monotone], [Hard Monotone] and [Hi-Contrast B & W].

♦Setting method Select in order of [Still image setting] => [[6]Image Process Settings] => [Image control] => [Monotone].

Select the [Grain Effect] with the up and down keys and set the strength of the effect.

Strength of Grain Effect
-- Off
1 Weak
2 Medium
3 Strong



♦Samples of Grain Effect

Effect Grain Effect Setting OFF / Magnified image


Grain Effect Setting 3 / Magnified image


Grain Effect Setting 2 / Grain Effect Setting 3


2. Horizon Correction

The automatic horizon correction is available. The camera assist you to correct the horizon.

♦Setting method Set with [Still image setting] => [[7] Shooting Assist] => [Horizon Correction]. By turning it on, the left and right tilt during shooting is automatically corrected.

Set "On" or "Off" with the up and down keys.

Correction range:
When SR is on: Correction up to 1.0 degree is possible
When SR is off: Correction up to 1.5 degree is possible


In addition, we have improved the below functions and the stability for general performance.

3. Shortening startup time from playback button.

When startup from power-off status by holding down the playback button, startup time is shortened.

4. Improved release response

The release response is improved when continuously shoot different luminance objects.

5. Improved Auto-area AF

When Auto-area AF, focus is set to background in rare cases. This phenomenon is improved.