Ricoh GRD III [Reviewed here], has several scene modes. It is not like usual scene modes that you find in many cameras. You won’t find portrait mode, candlelight mode, or night shot mode. However, you will find three modes, DR (Dynamic Range), skew correct mode, text mode and Video mode.
These scene modes are basically more design for practicality. It makes sense because people who buy this camera are usually quite savvy about photography, so they don’t need many kinds of usual scene modes.
Here is the explanation of the scene modes (from camera)
DR: The camera combines two photos to create a single image with an enhanced dynamic range (tone range). Mount the camera on a tripod to prevent blur. Not suitable for moving objects.
Comment: The result is good and look natural with a lot of details, but you will need tripod to prevent blur even shooting in bright light.
Skew Correct Mode: Correct perspective in low-angle shots of rectangular objects such as notice boards or business cards so that they appear to have been taken from a position directly in front of or over the object.
Comment: Work very well to take snapshot of business card, brochure or flyers.
Text: Take black-and-white photos of notes on a white board or on paper.
Comment: Work mostly for text in a clean background.
Movie: Shoot movies with sound.
Comment: I hardly use it, it is very basic, low resolution and quite confusing to use.
Overall, I think Ricoh GRD III’s scene modes are practical and unique. However, I just hope that DR doesn’t require tripod and movie is easier to use and has higher resolution.
Example of Skew Correction Mode:
Example of Text scene mode