GXR as a travel camera

Started Apr 2, 2011 | Discussions thread
Tom Caldwell
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Re: GXR as a travel camera
In reply to Chris Dennehy, May 24, 2012

Chris

The main reason for being of the P10 module is that it gives a sort of supercharged CX camera in the GXR format. It shares the small sensor and collapsing lens therefore making it more packable than the CX belt wearable but gains full PASM control, raw file capability and retains the CX cameras versatility of reach. Either the best of both worlds, or the worst of, depending upon point of view.

Given that the CX gets an upgrade/makeover every six months and the P10 is more or less set in concrete it does highlight the very dilemma of the GXR system.

The GXR modules make it a more static system whereby ownership radiates into new modules rather than replacing them. An old concept in film cameras (and dslr to a point) but a more novel one in digital, and the more so with the sensor static to the module.

Ricoh seems to make cameras that you actually keep with the drawer full of accumulated Ricoh bodies gradually edging out the opposition in the direction of the less accessable and forgotten in the attic.

So a GXR with P10, or the S10 for that matter, seems a good way to get into an entry level GXR right at the moment, pretty cheap it seems, perhaps that was the way it was meant to be ...

Of course if you just happen to like what you try and are overcome by the GXR interface then you might just venture a GXR A12prime or M mount. The less portable A16 zoom seems to be quietly well enough received as well.

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