Ricoh GXR P10, S10 Camera Hands-On Test

So we got a review unit of the new Ricoh GXR together with two of the 3 available lenses — the P10 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and the S10 24-72mm f/2.5-4.4 VC lens module.

Yup, you read it right — the P10 lens system is 28-300mm and 10.7x zoom. The sensor is a 10MP 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor. The S10, on the other hand, is a little smaller with a 1/1.7″ sensor and 3x zoom. Notice that each lens system has a different sensor size.

The camera is compact, almost the size of the LX3, with a pretty solid body that I think can take a beating. It’s got automatic/preset settings and can go full manual. Settings like ISO, shutter speed and aperture are all set on the display but the presets can be easily switched using the settings dial.

The nice feature of this lens system is that the sensor comes included with the lens and not the camera body. That makes the body much more affordable (around Php15k) and you get to pick which sensor and lens you want for the kit. Drawback though is that there’s very limited options for the lens. The P10 is the way to go, IMO, primarily due to the range it covers (28mm to 300mm) and the optical zoom.

The camera has a small built-in flash that pops out from the top but you can also use an external flash unit using the hot-shoe mount (I was able to use my Canon 580EX II with it).

Yugatech 728x90 Reno7 Series

The P10 lens unit can also go macro — up to as close as 1 centimeter from the subject. Here’s one shot I took using the lens (just click on the image to see the original photo):

The camera controls are pretty easy to use and mostly self-explanatory. If you’re familiar with how an entry-level dSLR, like say a Canon 350D, is set with all the manual settings on the display screen, the GXR isn’t far from it.

Here’s the rest of the set of photos I took using the GXR P10 and GRX S10 so you can all see the quality of pictures this unit can capture (just click on the thumbnails to view the large original photos):

Ricoh’s concept of the interchangeable lens system is something new and offers a safer way to change lenses without the worry of having dust and dirt getting into the body of the camera. Like the other hybrids (of sort) in its category, the GXR is looking to compete with the likes of the GF1 or the Olympus Pen. With the camera kit having a suggested retail price of about Php25,000, it’s a good and affordable alternative.

Avatar for Abe Olandres

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

9 Responses

  1. Avatar for jan wendell jan wendell says:

    SAN po may outlet….or product distributor ng RICOH GXR dito sa pinas!

  2. Saan kaya makakabili ng Ricoh camera sa Manila? Available pa kaya mga to.

  3. Avatar for Zero Zero says:

    I’ve been looking forward to it. BTW, where can I buy this Ricoh GXR? Please give me complete infos. Thanks. ^^

  4. Avatar for Noki-ah Noki-ah says:

    That lens system actually a nice idea! (being an owner of a e-pl1!)

  5. Avatar for yohan yohan says:

    cool camera man , really wonderful :)

  6. Avatar for Eric Palisoc Eric Palisoc says:

    Very interesting! I’d like to get one as soon as I can. sino po kaya ang official reseller o distributor nitong Ricoh GXR at saan located ang store.?? would appreciate a complete info.

  7. Avatar for Teknisyan Teknisyan says:

    nice.. parang konti lang sila sa market na ganito ang concept.. pero… if this type of camera.. you can be sure that Canon and even Nikon to follow suit.

    I sure hope damihan nila ang lens lineup nila, parang mini DSLR.

  8. Avatar for Clifford Go Clifford Go says:

    Hi, I’m not into the camera, I’m more intrigue about Pikachu, hehehehe, where’d you got ’em? thanks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *