Ricoh GXR vs Panasonic GF1

November 10, 2009 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras | 16 Comments |
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Interested in how the new Ricoh GXR compares to one of is main competitors, the Panasonic GF1? Well, wonder no more - we have a gallery of photos comparing the GXR to the GF1, and also to Ricoh’s CX2 compact camera. Carry on reading to find out just how small the Ricoh GXR actually is in the flesh…

The Ricoh GXR compared to the Panasonic GF1 and then the Ricoh CX2.

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#1 château gaillard

Ricoh have a new concept but its so expensive ....

10:24 am - Tuesday, November 10, 2009

#2 Vitamin C

It seems that “Ricohs camera system will start with two “lenses”, one prime, one zoom. The prime has 33mm real focal length, the zoom 5,1-15,3mm.“ So, the 33 mm it’s 50mm equivalent so it has an 1.5 crop APS-C, while the zoom is the same lens present on GX200 and probably coupled with GRDIII’s 1/1.7? sensor. Both sensors seem to be from Sony.

1:33 pm - Tuesday, November 10, 2009

#3 Touchy Tiger

Ricoh have always been something of a niche manufacturer and I'm hoping they will use this system to develop some real niche products. There are some cameras that a tiny percentage of photographers would like to see, but nobody will manufacture because the R&D and tooling costs for a whole new camera would be huge. So photographers who want those niche capabilities have no choice but to buy into a DSLR system or go for a massive compromise.

Trust me in some situations a bulky DSLR is not an option. My particular area of interest is urbex and in some locations a DSLR is too bulky and in others it just makes you a target (for neds and plod), where something small black and unobtrusive wouldn't.

However they still need to cut the price of the body to a fraction of it's current price. Witout the sensor and the processor they can't justify such a high price.

1:16 pm - Wednesday, November 11, 2009

#4 AA

When the next GF1 (will it called GF2? hahahaha) comes out and it has 1080p HD and has stereo recording, that's when it will beat everything else out there. I'll wait until then.

7:12 pm - Wednesday, November 11, 2009

#5 The Bat in the Hat

@AA

Why oh why is the internet so riddled with irrational fanbois like you?

11:42 pm - Wednesday, November 11, 2009

#6 nintendo dsi r4

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7:07 am - Saturday, November 14, 2009

#7 Rapidshare

Well, I believe the whole idea is that for example you don't need to upgrade the body everytime you want a new sensor. The lens is chosen specifically with the sensor in mind. As I said, look at the cost of the lens with sensor, ie the A12, far cheaper than some of the lenses for the traditional DSLR's and 4/3rds. The only real reason to change your camera is a new sensor, you buy into a system you tend to stick with it due to the investment made, where's the difference. I think people are too quick to dismiss this concept.

8:36 am - Tuesday, January 26, 2010

#8 kassraT

Would be nice to compare the images they capture...isn't that the real product?

8:42 pm - Tuesday, February 23, 2010

#9 Kev Williams

i think that this test is a little unfair. gf1 should be tested alongside the ep1 tbf. and both of which at high iso are shocking. i think its a nice concept but its too much of a concept at the moment, in a few generations time when they progress they will have something fantastic, and really who cares about HD Movie. buy a video camera for that, its ruins the sensor.

9:34 pm - Tuesday, February 23, 2010

#10 Blogger

Thanks for the interesting review first! Personally, I prefer Panasonic (Lumix) GF1. Already having experience in dealing with Lumix cameras, I can confidently call them reliable. Also, compared with Ricoh compact it, and it is very important to me personally. I do not like hauling bulky camera with you when traveling.

4:02 am - Friday, February 26, 2010

#11 Barron

I believe the whole idea is that for example you don't need to upgrade the body everytime you want a new sensor. The lens is chosen specifically with the sensor in mind. As I said, look at the cost of the lens with sensor, ie the A12, far cheaper than some of the lenses for the traditional DSLR's and 4/3rds. The only real reason to change your camera is a new sensor, you buy into a system you tend to stick with it due to the investment made, where's the difference.

BTscene

8:55 am - Tuesday, June 29, 2010

#12 Sanjuro

They have dropped the Ricoh GXR body price drastically and offer better kit prices with the zoom, which is good news. The lens price for the 50 macro is still the same. The forte of GXR lies in the superb user interface, easily the best.

Coming from the GF1 (which is an "ok" camera with a horrible user interface) I was immediately at home with the GXR. It sits better in hand, the 50 is a superb lens and the high ISO performance is a great deal better than the GF1.

Issues? Yes, the AF is not up to par, the GF1 - which also caught flak for sluggish AF indoors - has much better AF than the GXR with the 50. However the AF works reasonably in normal to good light. MF actually works great and with the firmware update which allows faster AF microstepping while holding the macrobutton and turning I have no problems with it and prefer it to AF.

When they release the A12 module with the (equiv.) 28/2.5 this fall/winter I will be a happy camper; the 50 and the 28 in a small package consisting if a camera that I control, literally. Awesome.

GF1: thumb up.
GXR: thumbs up!

9:19 am - Wednesday, July 7, 2010

#13 free download

its a nice information, but the here it needs to change the sensors for every time. its the disadvantage like this kind of sensors

2:09 am - Sunday, July 25, 2010

#14 hotfile

The only real reason to change your camera is a new sensor, you buy into a system you tend to stick with it due to the investment made, where's the difference. I think people are too quick to dismiss this concept by hotfile

8:47 am - Saturday, October 9, 2010

#15 Songs Lyrics

It was good to see your post. It is such an important topic and ignored by so many, even professionals. I thank you to help making people more aware of possible issues. Great stuff as usual...

4:54 am - Saturday, January 21, 2012

#16 daily car insurance

I believe the whole idea is that for example you don't need to upgrade the body everytime you want a new sensor. The lens is chosen specifically with the sensor in mind. As I said, look at the cost of the lens with sensor, ie the A12, far cheaper than some of the lenses for the traditional DSLR's and 4/3rds. The only real reason to change your camera is a new sensor, you buy into a system you tend to stick with it due to the investment made, where's the difference

12:35 am - Friday, February 24, 2012