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3

Ricoh GXR P10 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VS


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Price as Reviewed:

£499.99

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

Ricoh GXR P10 Micro-system camera at a glance:

  • 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.

  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, Multi Point Auto, 4 presets, plus custom and manual settings
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane
  • Memory Card: SD/SDHC
  • Viewfinder Type: N/A – optional VF-2 EVF
  • Output Size: 3648x2736 pixels
  • LCD: Fixed 3in LCD with 920,000 dots
  • AF Points: AF points 256-point auto or manually selectable points
  • White Balance Bracket: 3 exposures with blue/amber adjustment
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/250sec
  • Sensor: Compact camera-size 1/2.3in CCD with 10 million effective pixels
  • Weight: 160g (367g on GXR body)
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, plus 2 custom modes, 6 scene modes
  • Power: DB-90 rechargeable Li-Ion battery
  • Lens Mount: Ricoh P10 4.9-52.5mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/2000sec in 1⁄3 steps
  • File Format: Adobe DNG raw, JPEG, raw+JPEG simultaneously
  • Drive Mode: Single, continuous (5fps for raw files, or 4fps for raw with noise reduction on, or unlimited JPEG files) Ultra High Speed Low (640×480 pixels): 120 pictures 60fps, Hi (640×480 pixels) 120 pictures 120fps, self-timer
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • RRP: £249.99 (unit only) or £499.99 (with GXR body)
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single shot AF, Multi, Snap
  • ISO: 100-3200 in 1EV steps
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Dimensions: 113.9x70.2x49.8mm on GXR body
  • Metering System: 256-segment multi-zone, centreweighted, spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed/HDMI
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG (Normal, Fine)
  • Exposure Comp: ±4EV in 1⁄3EV steps

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