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Ricoh GXR Interchangeable Unit Digital Camera System with 3-Inch High-Resolution LCD
- Interchangeable unit camera system; lenses and sensors are added by using a slide-in mount system to attach camera units to the body
- Base system only; lenses and sensors sold separately
- Die-cast magnesium body and corrosion-resistant coating for superior durability and light weight
- High-resolution 3-inch LCD provides a wide viewing angle and high contrast
- 86 MB built-in memory; capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||1.6 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920,000|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC, Internal|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||automatic with manual|
|Form Factor||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|ISO Range||Auto, Auto-Hi, 100, 200, 400, 800,1600, 3200|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.76 x 1.73 x 4.49 inches|
|Item Weight||0.78 pounds|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.5 - F4.4|
|Maximum Focal Length||72 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,648|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||180 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Processor Description||Smooth Imaging Engine IV|
|Remote Control Description||Yes|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.3 pounds|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic (optional)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
From the Manufacturer
The new Ricoh GXR is an interchangeable unit camera system in which lenses are changed by using a slide-in mount system to attach camera units to the body. The lens, image sensor, and image processing engine are integrated into the camera units so the body itself does not contain an image sensor.
With world-leading small size and low weight* enabling easy carrying, the GXR interchangeable unit camera system features a highly rigid magnesium alloy body and multiple camera units that can be changed to best fit the scene to be photographed. You can enjoy easy lens changes as well as amazing image quality and shooting flexibility. Concealing infinite possibilities in its small body, the GXR is a revolutionary camera system that pioneers a new realm of photography.
1. Lens, image sensor, and image processing engine comprise an integrated unit which can be changed to match the scene being photographed.
2. World's smallest and lightest* digital camera with interchangeable lenses
3. System potential expanded through use of interchangeable units
*Internal flash, interchangeable lens digital cameras with lens attached. As of November 10, 2009, Ricoh research.
Ricoh GXR Highlights
Ideal form for an interchangeable lens camera
- By integrating lens, image sensor, and image processing engine into a single optimized unit, we were able to created a compact camera with interchangeable lenses.
- The adoption of this new system has made it possible to achieve both "pocket size for go-anywhere portability" and "the highest image quality for every photographic situation and subject."
- Since the image sensor is not exposed when lenses are changed, the camera's structure makes it inherently difficult for dirt and dust to get inside.
- Putting image processing engines in both the body and the camera units, our focus was on achieving the highest image quality.
- For the exterior, we utilized die cast magnesium, which has a strong track record in the GR series, and we covered the surface with a corrosion-resistant "pear-skin" coating. The end result is a body with superior levels of durability, light weight, and feel in hand.
- Building on the operation control designs of the GR series and GX series, the GXR has several types of customizable buttons as well as the new DIRECT button, which the photographer can use to see many current settings at a glance. Sophisticated shooting settings can now be made faster than ever before.
- The directional pad, the three My Settings, the ADJ.lever, and the function buttons all contribute to the even greater operability achieved by the GXR.
- The grip form allows the GXR to be firmly held despite its small size, and the suitably yielding rubber material on the grip surface enables the camera to feel like an integral part of the hand.
- The automatic exposure modes include program shift mode, shutter priority mode, and aperture priority mode.
- Picture settings can be customized with nine setting levels for easy creation of a diverse range of images.
- ISO3200 facilitates shooting in low light conditions.
- The Pre-AF function accelerates focusing speed by adjusting the focus to match subject movement.
- The full press snap function shoots at a preset distance for a one-push full-press of the shutter-release button.
- When shooting subjects up close, the camera automatically switches to macro mode so macro photography can now be enjoyed without having to worry about switching modes.(Auto macro setting)
- The high-resolution LCD picture display provides a wide viewing angle and high contrast. The screen has a fluorine coat to prevent soiling, a hard coat to prevent scratches, and an anti-reflection coat to give excellent visibility even outdoors in bright sunshine.
- With 100% sRGB coverage for color reproduction, the picture display vividly reproduces image colors.
- Tilt indicator utilizing an acceleration sensor.
- Three grid guides useful for framing images while shooting.
- Image flag function to enable the quick display of specific images from among those in the camera. Up to 20 images can be flagged.
- The new DIRECT screen enabling current settings to be displayed and changed.
- Two soft cases, one for each camera unit.
- The GXR can use the GR DIGITAL III external flash (GF-1), which can do TTL flash using auxiliary flash.
- Convenient for shooting in bright outdoor situations, the newly developed 920,000-dot- equivalent high-definition LCD viewfinder is removable and can be tilted up to 90 degrees. With a 100% field of view, it displays information in the same way as the picture display, thus enabling the photographer to shoot in a film camera style.
- Function-enhancing firmware releases for the GR DIGITAL series have proved very popular, and this practice will be continued for the GXR. By updating their firmware, GXR owners will be able to use the latest functions.
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I am an advanced amateur photographer who has exhibited at local galleries.
Why you should buy the the GXR -
- 100% customizable interface. there is absolutely no need to dive into the menus.
- everything is at the "top level" meaning there is instant control - just spin the knob or push the button. There's no "hold this button down then turn this" For example: I shoot in aperture priority. here are the commands that are directly accessible without any need to hold down any button or dive into menus:
3) exposure compensation
4) switch to Manual focus
5) enlarge image (focusing aid)
6) focus assist (peaking)
There are 5 additional, easily accessible and completely customizable functions that are just 1 button press away.
- snap focus mode with depth of field gauge. This is amazing, highly useful for street photography, and taking photos of fast-moving kids.Read more ›
Ricoh cameras are hard to find, as most retailers offer Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. I became a Ricoh fan in the late 1980s, using a very inexpensive point/shoot camera. The picture quality was great, and I used that camera for years. When digital photography became more mainstream, I bought a Ricoh RDC-5000. It was $1000 at the time, that was 1999. Believe it or not, I have used that Ricoh RDC-5000 for 11 years, until now (2010). About two years ago I bought a Nikon Sd7 to replace the old Ricoh, but the pictures were not as good, and perhaps out of habit I just kept using the Ricoh for my work (indoor) photos.
I finally decided I had to upgrade to a new digital camera. I decided to try Canon, Nikon and Ricoh. Most of my photos are taken indoors, although recently I use my camera for natural city scenes. I don't want to use a huge camera because it can take something away from the mood of the shot if I appear too "professional".
I went to an excellent camera store in Portland OR, where they cater to every camera equipment need. They stock Ricoh and all other brands. They allowed me to take photos using the Ricoh GXR, Canon G11, and Nikon (don't recall the model). I downloaded the photos onto their computer and examined, took more photos, examined more, it was a 2 hour process. I decided to buy the Ricoh GXR even though it was a fair bit more expensive than the alternatives. The photos seemed to have a slight "edge" in quality, and I am already a Ricoh fan, and I kind of like the fact that nobody else has the same camera as I do.Read more ›
I was one of the first to jump onto the mirrorless bandwagon, and got a M43 Panasonic G1, and later the GH2. I've shot 20K frames on M43 cameras, and at one time owned most of the glass that are worth owning in that system, such as the 25 1.4, and the 45 1.8.
I sold it all after I got my first GXR system with 50mm F2.5 Macro lensor.
I am writing this review for users who may be considering entering mirrorless systems and are considering side-by-side comparisons with M43, Sony NEX, and possibly the Fuji systems.
If you are a photographer pixel-peeping your files on the large screen, you need to know now that at some stage, you will develop remorse over the M43 system. Their files, no matter how advanced the sensor is, are just not as robust as APS-C sensors. I stand by this after having shot 20K frames on various M43 cameras.
You can try long-exposure for 30S at the dead of the night on the GH2 sensor and the result would not be usable. Too much noise. Try the same on the GXR M-Mount A-12, and it results in beautifully rendered files. I was told that the sensor on the GXR M-Mount is the same as the Nikon D300, but don't quote me on that as I couldn't find proof.
The colors on the GXR system are brighter and more vivid, and if you don't like it, you can customize it until you get exactly what you want. On the net, some folks have tutorial writeups on how exactly to tune the colors, so you get a 'Leica' palette. I've tried it, like it, and save it as a preset on MY1 on the dial.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In new condition and worked perfectly. These are really great cameras and interesting given the interchangeable lens feature. I already had a lens.Published 20 months ago by J. Ogul
I have been a long time fan of the Ricoh GXR system. The modular system keeps dust off the sensor and it is compact and light. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by tkwshan
This is my first ever review of a product, from any website.
I absolutely love this camera. I spent quite a bit of time researching. Read more
This is a hidden gem for photographers, this system may be pricey for the lenses with larger sensors, but you can literally store this camera in any bag. Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by macsareback