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
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.