Intended to compete with the Canon PowerShot G11, the latest Ricoh GXR camera unit, the P10, has a versatile 28-300mm lens and a ten-million-pixel sensor. We put it to the test
- 10 million effective pixels
- 1/2.3in CMOS sensor 28-300mm equivalent zoom lens
- 120fps burst mode
- 3in, 920,000-dot LCD screen
- Street price £499.99 including GXR body unit
When we first tested the Ricoh GXR system in AP 23 January, we found the concept highly intriguing, despite having reservations about its price and practicality.
Ricoh describes the GXR as an ‘interchangeable-unit camera’ system. The lens, sensor and image-processing engine are contained within a unit that slides onto the camera body. In effect, it is like having a new camera each time a new unit is bought, but with all the controls and dials retained on the main part of the camera body.
At the launch of the GXR, Ricoh introduced two modules: the 12-million-pixel, 50mm f/2.5 macro A12; and the ten-million-pixel, 24-72mm f/2.2-4.4 VC S10. Now Ricoh has released the P10 with 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VC lens. Combined with the body unit, this module is aimed at those looking for the size, convenience and the large zoom of a compact camera but with the level of control of a DSLR.