I totally agree. I fell in love with photography with my father's Olympus XA back in the day. My first digital camera was a Ricoh GRD4 and now I use a Ricoh GR. Lots of photography advice revolves around learning with a DSLR, but I found that using small, but high performance compacts can be of tremendous benefit because you can take them almost anywhere.
Jogger: Fuji has the only successful APSc fixed-lens compact on the market. Others from Nikon, Sigma, Ricoh, etc... have flopped despite being good cameras.
I would worry though, the 1-inch compacts are gonna eat their lunch.
The GR has flopped? Where do you get that from?
Looks new and interesting and I would like to try one before I make a judgement.
This was the worst article I've ever read on DPR.
abluesky: If it weren't for the subscription model, I would never have been able to afford Photoshop and Lightroom. For me, it's more economical to pay the subscription fee. I also appreciate all the updates. If you really want Adobe products, they are all pirated anyway, even CC. If you are going to blame anybody, blame the pirates.
That would be a great option. Pay upfront for a limited number of updates, or subscription for unlimited updates.
Yes, I agree. I use Photoshop and Lightroom to produce all the media for a small business I run, including printed material and web-based media. That alone has led to outside work that has already paid for three years worth of of the subscription. With a little bit of luck, hopefully I can spin that off into a separate business as well.
I would prefer that too, but I couldn't *afford* the full price for Photoshop let alone both programs.
If it weren't for the subscription model, I would never have been able to afford Photoshop and Lightroom. For me, it's more economical to pay the subscription fee. I also appreciate all the updates. If you really want Adobe products, they are all pirated anyway, even CC. If you are going to blame anybody, blame the pirates.
AbrasiveReducer: Everything new is new again. With slogans like this they should get out of graphics and go into advertising.
Could be reduced to "New is New"
Leica T vs Pentax K01 - FIGHT!
Ok - so now I have to admit that I think something strange is going on. How much earlier was the K3 released? How much later was the OMDEM10 announced? How much time elapsed between the announcement of the EM10 and the review.
JustDavid: So there was a first to be seen 645D 2014, first to be seen 1.4x TC, first to be seen MF wideangle zoom lens... but Ricoh/Pentax booth seems to have gone invisible while DPR staff toured the halls... at least judging from no stand report and no inclusion in highlights... but then, of course, it can't be a highlight if it wasn't reviewed on DPR... :)
I know. Personally, I am much more interested in the Pentax 645D 2014. Perhaps medium format is much to far outside the mainstream consumer cameras featured by DPR. And I noticed that they only featured cameras. Perhaps accessories are not considered news. Who knows how they make their decisions.
For me the, a very important issue is the hight ISO performance. Does that mean that now the max ISO is 800? I'm not familiar with the Foveon upper ISO limit.
I do like the design from an aesthetic point of view, and am intrigued by the possibility of better high ISO performance. But as a Ricoh GR user, I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the ergonomics and haptics of the camera.
Re:ETTR in Hi DR scenes
I thought that sever pulling of the shadows was to be avoided precisely because of the increase in noise that it creates?
abluesky: I don't understand how the percentage translates to a gold (or silver) award...?
Hey - sorry if its a dumb question. I just got confused when I see cameras with 80% and no award and them cameras with 70% and some award.
So the percentage is an attempt at objective criteria and the award is how well the camera was liked. Got it. Thanks!
anthony mazzeri: Except the X100S and RX1 aren't compact cameras. I think the very least definition of a compact camera is it is pocketable, both in dimensions as well as collapsible lens. They are neither of these and not even in the same category as the Coolpix A or GR.
Very good reply.
I don't understand how the percentage translates to a gold (or silver) award...?
sbansban: I was so happy to see the Ricoh GR included among the best compact cameras for travel but was surprised to find its close twin Nikon Coolpix A missing - especially when it has by far the best sensor AND lens rating from DXOMark among all cameras anywhere close to its size. Some other great travel cameras that came to my mind were the Canon G1 X, Fujifilm F900EXR (why is the F900EXR never mentioned in the same breath as the other 20X+ pocketable compacts like ZS30/TZ40, SX280, HX20V/HX50V et al?), LX7, maybe even LF1 - all of which are still very much available for purchase. And since the Canon SX280 now has a documented battery issue that Canon has failed to resolve with their latest firmware upgrades, wouldn't its predecessor - the SX260 be a wiser choice?
So, even though the A has the best sensor AND lens rating from DXO Mark among all cameras anywhere close to its size, it is so close to the GR as to be indistinguishable, according to DxO. While the A may be the best, its just not the best enough.
Ultimately, the differences come down to haptics, ergonomics, UI, and additional feature differences between the two cameras.
I have a GR and I would love to try an A BTW.
""One point difference in the DxOMark scores between the GR lens and 18.5mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens on the Coolpix A means they are in are in fact very evenly matched. The lens and sensor configuration is similarly efficient resulting in the same excellent 13P-Mpix sharpness score, and they both share consistent edge-to-edge sharpness, however, the main difference between the two is in their vignetting.In the extreme corners the Ricoh is brighter, approximately 1 EV at full aperture dropping to +2/3EV from f/4 through to f/16. In today’s digital world, however, vignetting isn’t as much as a problem as it was in the days of film."