Ricoh GXR specs

By Cliff Smith


Quick Glance
Camera type Digital SLR
Optical Zoom 10
Megapixels 10.6
Physical Specifications
Dimensions Width 13.9
Depth 70.2
Weight (body only) 198g including battery and memory card
Camera type Digital SLR
Optical Zoom 10
Megapixels 10.6
Image Sensor 1/2.3-inch CMOS
Optical focal length 4.9 to 52.5mm in 35mm film terms
Viewfinder EVF optional
Shutter speed 30secs to 1/2000
Auto focus Nine-point multi, centre spot, snap focus, infinity contrast-detection
Manual focus Yes
Video (max res/format) 1280x730, 30fps
Max output resolution 3648x2736
Other resolutions 3264x2448, 2592x1944, 2048x1536, 1280x960, 640x480, 648x2048, 3264x1840, 3648x2432, 3264x2176, 2736x2736, 2448x2448
Focus range 1cm to infinity
Exposure control P, A, S, M Scene Mode
Exposure metering Multi, Spot, Centre-weighted
Exposure compensation +/- 4EV
Image Stabilisation N/A
ISO settings 100-3200
LCD Monitor 3-inch 920k dots
Flash range Not stated, approx 4m
Flash modes Auto, Red-eye, Slow sync, Off, Manual
White balance modes Auto, multi-point auto, outdoor, cloudy, incandes, 1/2 fluores, manual, detail
Drive modes Single, continuous, M-cont, Spd-cont
Image formats JPEG, Raw, Motion JPEG AVI
Picture adjustments Saturation, sharpness, contrast, colour tone
Movie length Card capacity
Self timer 2/12 custom secs
Memory card slot SD/SDHC
Supplied memory 86MB
Batteries supplied 1700mAh Li-ion rechargeable
Charger supplied Yes
A/V output PAL, NTSC
Charging/Computer Connection Yes
AV Out Yes
Manual 190-page English printed manual


August 23, 2010, 7:59 pm

I actually really like the principle of this camera. The idea of having a compact camera that can switch from being a versatile super zoom with a smaller sensor for general photography to a fast 50mm (or indeed 70-100mm) for portraits/arty shots while having the total package still be very compact appeals greatly. It would certainly be an interesting alternative to carrying around an SLR with a couple of fast lenses (24-70, 70-200) or a super zoom lens and a prime. Sadly Ricoh doesn't seem to have got the balance right. Hopefully the company will have the chance to give it a second go.


August 23, 2010, 8:53 pm

@Cliff - Are all shots taken from the P10 lens?


August 23, 2010, 10:05 pm

I'd like to see what gets a 1 or a 2 out of 10 for value.


August 23, 2010, 10:16 pm

I suppose by changing the sensor size, they can keep the total package a compact size, whilst giving the choice of big sensor + prime or small sensor + zoom. For the money though, I'd rather get a NEX-5 or G2 - they're small enough whilst giving the benefit all the time of a large sensor. Otherwise, something like a TZ will give you all the versatility you need, in a very cheap, compact package (though I guess won'd give the dof or low-light abilities). People are used to investing in lenses, as although expensive they can be used over several generations of cameras. Whereas integrating them with fast-obsoleting electronics could seem like poor value in the long run.


August 24, 2010, 4:20 am

The concept is commercially crippled from the start by disallowing the interchange of the lens as well as sensor. One way of adding value would be to market a Foveon module, alhough commercially that would still be trying to make the best of a bad job. Ricoh should be getting in bed with Foveon anyway.

Cliff Smith

August 25, 2010, 2:55 pm

joose - Yes, that's the only lens unit that was supplied with my review sample. I'd like to see what sort of image quality the 12.3MP 50mm APS-C lens unit can produce, but at £500 it's still very poor value for money.

jopey - No, you really wouldn't.

Matt - Correct on all points.

Hedgeporker - An interesting idea, but Foveon is owned by Sigma now, so that's unlikely to happen.


September 2, 2010, 12:39 am

I used to own one of the very first film based superzoom/bridge camera in the form of a Ricoh Murai so I was expecting great things from the digital equivalent; but reading all the reviews available in the photographic press the Ricoh GXR comes out as an overly expensive rubbish system, irrespective of the sensor/lens combination.

Ricoh must have spent tens of thousands developing what should be a class leading camera system. Somewhere along the way they saw fit to hamper it with the full range of underdeveloped and incapable software, tiny noisy and inadequate sensors coupled to milk-bottle bottom lenses.

All of which produces results that are no match to Ricoh's own compact cameras. One wonders just where all the money was spent; it cannot all have gone on fitting two metal rails into a hollowed out GR body, or the sensor/lens connectors with their protective caps!.

Stir in a lens focus system which might or might not produce a sharp result...sometime, even in ideal conditions. The final system really has nothing going for it; for either entry level or creative photographer searching for a flexible lightweight alternative to their DSLR.

A quick study of the Ricoh CX3 or GR shows where this camera should be in terms of quality and ability. I so wanted the Ricoh GXR to be a step up from my Olympus 510 but the quality of pictures and cost involved mean the GXR is a photographic cul de sac. Ideally this camera should be finished in LEMON YELLOW with BLACK BANDS to warn off potential purchasers.

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