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: 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.
Pros: Fast focusing, excellent at macro, full of options
Cons: Almost exactly the same as a CX3 at twice the price
Summary: The modular camera concept isn’t new. All forms of cameras have optioned different lenses, film backs and so forth for many years, so Ricoh’s GXR system is perhaps not as unusual as it may initially seem.
Pros: Image clarity and quality, high ISO settings, very easy changeover between lenses
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 c...
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 mino...
Conclusion: If Ricoh doesn't come up with more camera units, and soon, the GXR may remain just an expensive oddity. However, if a wider selection of camera units follow, especially with APS-C sensors, this camera could turn into a modern classic. Watch this space.
Pros: Interesting design, Build quality, LCD screen, APS-C sensor in 50mm unit
Cons: Small sensor in the 24-72mm unit, Noise is an issue as medium to high ISO, Quite pricey
Excerpt: The Ricoh GXR body is £249, while the A16 24-85mm lens unit is £419, making the total price around £668. Alternatively the Samsung NX1000 is available for £599, with twin kit lens, including the 20-50mm and 16mm wide-angle lens, similarly you could get the Sony NEX-5N for £489 with twin lens kit,...
Summary: The A16 24-85mm camera unit is arguably the first camera unit that Ricoh should have released for their fledgeling GXR system, given that it closely replicates the focal range and maximum apertures of many DSLR and compact system camera kit lenses.