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
Although generally the Ricoh GXR produces well-metered exposures in its evaluative metering mode, I find that it has a tendency to overexpose landscape images by around 0.3-1EV, seemingly compensating for what it perceives as a dark foreground against a bright sky. Using the GXR’s rear control, it is simple to adjust the EV compensation to account for this.
One area where the GXR produces pleasing results is when using the camera’s built-in flash. When taking portraits it correctly exposes the subject nearly every time. Slow sync flash mode exposures are equally good, although I did have a few issues with the white balance.
As well as evaluative metering, spot and centreweighted metering are also available. I found that the GXR’s spot metering measures exactly 128 (on a scale of 0-255), which means that the GXR meters exactly to a mid-grey – useful to know when using it to meter from highlight and shadow areas.