Excerpt: That overused adjective “unique” finds a wholly appropriate partner in the Ricoh GXR, which turns the concept of the interchangeable-lens compact (ILC) on its head. Unlike ILC cameras from Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony, the GXR employs interchangeable camera modules, each housing its own lens, imaging sensor, and processing engine.
Excerpt: Back in November 2009 Ricoh introduced the GXR modular camera system, in which lenses and sensors come in a single block (module, but called “lensor” by Thom Hogan) and the body is a separate entity, as is the viewfinder, either optical or electronic.
Conclusion: Sean Reid, an American, has been a commercial and fine art photographer for over twenty-three years. He studied under Stephen Shore and Ben Lifson and met occasionally with Helen Levitt. In the late 1980s he worked as an exhibition printer for Wendy Ewald and other fine art photographers. In 1989, he was the first American photographer to receive an artist-in-residence grant from the Irish Arts Council in Dublin, Ireland.
Summary: The Ricoh GXR/A12 50mm F2.5 Macro offers excellent, DSLR-like image and build quality in a fairly compact package. However, the camera is slightly let down by its sometimes slow and/or unreliable contrast detect AF.
Pros: Very good detail and sharpness at base ISO, Good dynamic range with smooth highlight roll-off, Very good performance in low light, low noise levels and good retention of detail at the same time, Excellent build quality and handling, Compact dimensions (for a camera with an APS-C sensor), Highly customizable and flexible user interface with a large number of external controls, Very nice 3.0 inch, 920,000 pixel TFT screen, Good operational speed (but AF slow in low ligh...
Cons: Contrast detect AF slow, hunting and occasionally unreliable in anything but good light, No image stabilization, Battery life not great, Comparatively low-spec video mode (720p but no manual controls, no focus, no external mic), Fastest shutter speeds not available at largest apertures, Some minor glitches in the user interface (see operations and handling summary on live view page), Tripod mount not in the center of the lens, Price
[Review] Ricoh GXR, a Great Idea with Impressive results
1 December 2010
Summary: Well built, offering you great pictures as well as an innovative Lens+Censor unit design, the GXR is a camera worth to check if you want to add a compact shooter to your collection next to your DLSR.
Yes, the GXR has a slower AF than your average DLSR, yes jumping to this Lens+Censor thingy demand a leap of faith since only Ricoh so far is offering this kind of a solution, but hey, no pain no gain, and like a DP1 or DP-2 for example, the GXR is not made for everyone, but...
Summary: The GXR S10 24-72mm VC comes with the control interface and build quality of a semi-pro DSLR but only produces compact camera image quality. Given its price point, the S10 probably makes most sense as an additional module for existing GXR/A12 users who do not want to familiarize themselves with yet another user interface.
Pros: Decent resolution in ideal shooting conditions - bright, sunny days (but soft low contrast detail), Excellent build quality and handling, Highly customizable and flexible user interface with a large number of external controls, Very nice 3.0 inch, 920,000 pixel TFT screen, Good operational speed, New Multi-P white balance mode for mixed lighting, Decent lens with good corner-to-corner sharpness and little distortion, Optional distortion correction (does not work when ...
Cons: Blurring of detail in low contrast scenes, even in good light and at base ISO, Heavy noise reduction at high ISOs results in loss of detail and unattractive 'noise blobs', Battery life not great, Low-spec video mode (VGA, no manual controls, no focus, no external mic), Fastest shutter speeds not available at largest apertures, Some minor glitches in the user interface (see operations and handling summary on live view page), Tripod mount not in the center of the lens, ...
Conclusion: The Ricoh GXR offers the unique ability not only to swap lenses, but also image sensors. It has a wealth of physical controls, making it an exciting camera for enthusiasts, but its benefits are offset by slow autofocus and minimal video functionality.
Pros: Sharp photos. Intuitive control layout. Good high ISO performance. Sharp rear LCD. Optional EVF available. Good lens module selection.
Cons: Slow autofocus and startup. Some lens modules are pricey. Very limited video support.
Summary: The GXR P10 28-300mm VC comes with GXR's excellent user interface and operation but the lens/sensor combination in the camera module only produces average compact camera image quality.
Pros: Decent image quality in good light (but soft low contrast detail and some shadow noise), Very useful zoom range, Excellent build quality and handling, Highly customizable and flexible user interface with a large number of external controls, Very nice 3.0 inch, 920,000 pixel TFT screen, Good operational speed, New Multi-P white balance mode for mixed lighting, Optional distortion correction (does not work when shooting RAW+JPEG), Efficient Image Stabilization system, E...
Cons: Smearing of low contrast detail and shadow noise, even in good light and at base ISO, Fairly strong corner softness at some focal lengths, High chroma noise levels at high sensitivities, Battery life not great, No manual controls, exposure compensation or stereo sound in in movie mode, Some minor glitches in the user interface (see operations and handling summary in S10 review ), Tripod mount not in the center of the lens, Price
Summary: There’s been obvious improvements over the last two sensors, especially where the speed of focus is concerned. The gimmicky burst mode has its uses, although the fastest option doesn’t allow the focus to keep up. Thankfully the image quality is decent enough that extra features aren’t a huge concern, but at the top end of the zoom there’s still an air of uncertainty that the camera will find sharpness even if happily fires off an exposure, giving all the indications that...
Pros: Fast focusing, excellent at macro, full of options
Cons: Almost exactly the same as a CX3 at twice the price