Dpreview Nikon Coolpix A compatative review published

Started Jun 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
Ray Sachs
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Re: Ray Sachs wrote:
In reply to photo perzon, Jun 7, 2013

photo perzon wrote:

Ray Sachs wrote:

photo perzon wrote:

And Ray wrote:

"The bigger deal is that, even with the use of the proper updated ACR color profiles, the Ricoh doesn’t handle colors as well as the Nikon IMHO, but creates files that are better than the Nikon for B&W conversions. Ming Thein raised this in his review and I initially doubted it and figured a lot of it was down to the color profile being updated. But the more I work with both cameras, the more I think he was on to something. The Nikon colors are just dead on. The Ricoh colors don’t have anything like the red issues that they had without the ACR profile, but the blues and greens still seem off to me. On some shots I can get them right with a fairly simple WB adjustment, but sometimes I’m left scratching my head and on some back to back landscapes, just couldn’t come close to getting the Ricoh raw files to my liking."

And if you'd kept reading in that thread you'd see I concluded it was mostly an exposure issue, not a color issue, because my greens in less tricky light, including brighter and darker came out just fine. And bumping the exposure on those specific images was a large part of the fix. Don't cherry pick the quotes you like and leave out the ones you don't like.

-Ray
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Oh OK.  Still an issue for the GR no?

Probably just a matter of spending a bit more time with it and getting used to the metering. One of the few objective "wins"for the Nikon is its metering, which most reviewers agree is better than most. The Ricoh metering is fine, but not as good. And like most cameras, is just a matter of getting a bit if experience with it under your belt. Also, for that shoot I was using both cameras and was trying to match exposure for each shot - probably not the best approach! Bottom line - I wouldn't hesitate to buy the Ricoh because of its colors or metering, although I consider the metering a plus for the Nikon.

If you prefer one if these cameras in your gut, there are plenty of ways to rationalize either. So just pick the one you like more. Or if the cost is an issue, get the Ricoh or wait for the Nikon's price to come down. Or just buy some RIKON kitchen ware and split the difference.

-Ray
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