Unconventional and completely new, the Ricoh GXR camera system may change the way we think about the relationship between cameras and sensors. Richard Sibley examines the new system

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Ricoh GXR


Ricoh GXR system review


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LCD, Live View and video

Like other 3in, 920,000-dot screens we have seen, the LCD of the GXR is bright, clear and of a high-enough resolution to check even fine details.

Should you prefer to use a viewfinder, the VF-2 electronic viewfinder is available separately, although it costs around £200. This looks like, and attaches to the GXR in the same way as, the curiously identically named, E-P2-compatible Olympus VF-2 electronic viewfinder. The Ricoh VF-2 slides into the GXR’s hotshoe and plugs into an electronic connection just below.

With a 920,000-dot resolution, the EVF is as sharp and clear as the rear LCD screen. Better still, it is hinged, so it can also be used as an angle finder. It also has an adjustable dioptre. However, even though it offers a 100% field of view, it doesn’t look or feel as natural as using an optical viewfinder. That said, EVFs have come a long way in recent years and they now offer a genuinely usable alternative to traditional viewfinders.

In the same way that image resolution changes depending on which camera unit is being used, so does the video resolution. At its best quality, the A12 camera unit with its 12-million-pixel APS-C-size sensor can record at a moderately high-definition resolution of 1280×720 pixels at a rate of 24fps.

The S10 camera unit produces lower-resolution 640×480-pixel videos at a frame rate of 30fps. I would imagine that if Ricoh aims to compete with the Micro Four Thirds range of cameras, then a 10x superzoom lens capable of shooting at least 1280×720 pixels will be required.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Autofocus
  5. 5. Dynamic range
  6. 6. White balance and colour
  7. 7. Metering
  8. 8. Resolution, noise and sensitivity
  9. 9. LCD, Live View and video
  10. 10. Verdict
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  • Johnsphotos

    I totally agree with your rating. I have been looking for a decent macro lens for the Canon 6D. This fits the bill. When we attached the lens. I took a portrait shot of my friend from 6ft away. Then I zoomed in on won of the eyes even hand held at that distance. You could see the blood veins. Reflection in the eyes as a mirror of the surroundings. I also chose Sigma because you do not have to by cases and hoods as extras. I did look at Canon and Tam ron equivilant models . They failed to impress as the Sigma lens did. Must dash I am off down the garden. To try it out on the roses and bumble bees.


    I chose this lens after a long thought which one to choose. I’ve a SONY A580 that can take any lens. My wife has a NEX5 with LAEA1 A mount adaptor that needs SSM/SAM or lenses with in-built drives. Tamron 60mm that was a cheaper option did not guarantee operating with the NEX combo. Only option is this lens. Overall very pleased with the performance though test on NEX remains. A bit heavy though.

  • Hedo

    Does Sony version has OS inside or they removed it? Some says they removed the OS but some says no. Hmmm?

    I ordered this lens instead of Sony 100mm Macro, because it has better features, has the same price (due on summer sale), newer, and does not change in length. Did I make a good decision for this? 🙂