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Ricoh R10 - Test Shots - Exposure Evaluation

By Cliff Smith
Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score

8/10

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Here are some general test shots to help evaluate the camera's overall image quality, including the zoom range of the lens. Some pictures may be clicked to download the full size original image

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The 28mm-equivalent wide-angle is great for wide panoramic scenes of the local bus station. Not to worry though, as soon as the economy picks up theyr're going to demolish it and build another large, ill-conceived and unpopular shopping centre, because heaven knows we just cant get enough expensive fashion boutiques.

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The 200mm-equivalent telephoto end can zoom right in on this strange little shop, which always feels overcrowded even if you're the only one in there.

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Just to be contrary, the R10 actually has excellent dynamic range, with plenty of shadow and highlight detail in this high-contrast shot.

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Colour reproduction is bright and vivid, but if you want it to be accurate you'd better use manual white balance.

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There is a strange red tint along the top edge of this frame, most likely another white balance problem.

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Scores In Detail

Value
8/10
Image Quality
6/10
Build Quality
9/10

Our Score

8/10
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Yasmar49

February 12, 2009, 3:00 pm

I'm a great fan of this series (succession) of cameras. Not being convinced that an ever-increasing pixel count brings any real advantage for normal shooting, I've stuck with an R4, with 7 megapixels. As a small, pocketable device, it's incredibly versatile. I've even used it for copying old photographs by daylight, and it does a very good job. My first Ricoh was its only 110 model, and this had a stunningly good f 2.8 lens, capable of sharp (if of course grainy) b/w enlargements up to full-plate. One or two were successfully used in a book I wrote.

Billy Rubin

February 12, 2009, 3:20 pm

I bought the R10 last October to replace a Ricoh RR30 which had given good service over six years. I agree with the review, it does have issues with noise and occasional odd white balance errors (in a series of images every now and again I'll get one with a bad blue colour cast). To be honest if I'd waited for the reviews I wouldn't have bought the camera. It's not all bad, in good light it performs well and even night shots are acceptable as can be seen on my Flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/7...

theimer

February 12, 2009, 4:51 pm

Cliff, you wrote "Why Ricoh didn’t switch to the excellent 1/1.75-inch sensor from the GR Digital II is a mystery." Is it? With a larger sensor, which is indeed physically better suited for low noise and/or high ISO, they couldn't have squeezed a 7.1x zoom into a body that small. However, Panasonic has proven with the TZ5 and the FZ28, that it is possible to obtain a reasonable balance of noise and detail even out of a 1/2.3 inch / 10 MP sensor, if you combine a high-quality sensor with clever processing. (Would be interesting, what Panasonic processing made out of the Ricoh sensor and vice-versa...)


Greetings! theimer

Frankf9d

February 12, 2009, 9:27 pm

No viewfinder, , , again.


Must be a goverment edict for compacts, I can't believe the manufacturers just operate a 'Simply not an option' sort of consumer service.

Peter Smithson

February 14, 2009, 12:35 am

I had the R6. I loved the zoom range and the ultra compact body. The menus were well designed and it had a lot of features for such a small camera. I don't think it's fair to compare it to the excellent TZ5 as that is just a bit too bulky to put in your pocket and forget about. It's not an ultra compact. I did sell my R6 due to the grain - especially noticeable on overcast days. Fine for holiday snaps (in the sun!). Got a Fujifilm f100fd now which has a decent zoom and much better sensor.

tulipfield

April 30, 2009, 4:28 am

I think this camera has something special by not being perfect, a collecters item for artistic users, I made a download of pics of its competitors in another review site and the ricoh came out best for me.

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