Average Camera Review Rating [4 reviews]
On September 21 2010, Ricoh announced the GR lens A12 28mm F2.5
, the fourth camera unit in the GXR interchangeable unit system. Introduced in December 2009, the GXR is an interchangeable unit camera system in which lenses can be changed by mounting camera units that integrate lens, image sensor, and image processing engine into a single unit.
Featuring a GR Lens and an APS-C size CMOS sensor, the Ricoh A12 features a 28 mm equivalent GR Lens with a 6-group, 9-element configuration and a 23.6 mm x 15.7 mm (APS-C size) CMOS sensor. Here's the summary of review by ePhotoZine, giving the unit a rating of 3.5 out of 5:
"The wide angle lens isn't ideal for portraits, being more suited to landscape shots. Macro photos aren't especially suited to the lens either, however it gets reasonably close for a wide angle lens, focusing with subjects 20cm away from the lens. The lens performed extremely well in a variety of conditions, producing very little lens flare, lots of detail and a lack of purple fringing in the photo of the trees above, except in the very far corners. ISO noise performance - The camera gives a good range of ISO settings from ISO100 to ISO3200. ISO100 and ISO200 results are very good with low noise and good detail and colour. ISO400 shows an increase in noise. ISO800 and ISO1600 show another increase in noise, although results are still very usable. ISO3200 shows more noise again, but the results are usable with a film-like quality to the noise. AWB produces images with a slight yellow cast under tungsten lighting and using the tungsten preset produces much more accurate colours. Under fluorescent lighting the camera produces good results with just a slight colour cast.
The Ricoh GXR plus 28mm lens module costs £250 for the GXR body and the 28mm f/2.5 lens and sensor unit can be found for around £419, making it £669 for a 28mm f/2.5 digital camera with APS-C sensor. A similar specification Digital SLR such as the Pentax K-r with kit lens is around £399 or less and a Micro Four Thirds camera with kit lens is available from around £350, both cameras feature built in image stabilisation. The Ricoh GXR with 28mm f/2.5 module is a reasonable camera to use with the camera providing quick shutter response and a solid, well designed body. The cost of the camera puts it well above the price of a similar camera system, such as a Digital SLR or Micro Four Thirds camera. You could buy a Micro Four Thirds camera with kit lens for £350, then a Panasonic 20mm f/2.0 lens for £259 and still have change left over for other accessories. Image quality and camera control are both very good, but the camera's slow focusing speed with this lens unit and the high price make it difficult to recommend."
Ricoh GR Camera Reviews Roundup
|TechRadar: "As with the Nikon Coolpix A, when you first pick up the Ricoh GR you have to remind yourself that it has an APS-C format sensor like many DSLRs and compact system cameras. It is delightfully small and neat for a camera with such a large sensor, and is only a little bigger than the Ricoh GRD IV (aka GR Digital IV) which, like many compact cameras, has a 1/1.7-inch sensor. The camera also has plenty to attract enthusi..." - Jun 09 2013 More »|
|SteveHuff: "The Ricoh GR is probably the best pocket cam released to date, from anyone. To me it beats the Sony RX100 ($650), and just edges out the Nikon Coolpix A for me as well ($1096). The Ricoh GR comes in at $799 and B&H Photo sent me this one as they were one of the 1st to ship the new camera. I am glad I was able to check this one out and now I want one. This is a camera that is solid, rugged and understated b..." - Jun 09 2013 More »||N/A|
|ePhotoZine: "Images have excellent levels of detail, and very good colour reproduction, with the standard setting giving good results. Some may want to increase the saturation, and the Vivid colour setting certainly does this, giving more saturated greens and blues, although it also boost contrast noticeably. Photos taken with flash are well illuminated, with very little to no red-eye visible in portrait shots. Exposure is relia..." - May 26 2013 More »|
|MingThein: "Let's talk a bit about image quality. The optics of the lens are as-claimed, for the most part: resolution is excellent across the frame at all apertures and geometric distortion appears to be relatively low, but there are caveats. Performance degrades slightly at minimum focusing distance (10cm); the center remains excellent, but you start to see coma and smearing towards the edges of the frame. What the MTF charts..." - May 06 2013 More »||N/A|
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