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."
"The Nikon Coolpix A is the current king of the APS-C sensor high-end compact cameras, so to see the Ricoh GR come so close in the overall score shows just how well it is performing. In fact, the difference of 2 DxOMark points is not discernible in final images so these two can be said to have essentially the same image quality. In the portrait tests for color depth, the Ricoh outscores the Coolpix A, but as with the overall scores, the difference is so minimal as to be invisible in the real world. The pattern continues in the landscape tests for dynamic range, though the Coolpix A technically comes out on top, mostly because at ISO 100, it is 1/3rd of a stop better than the Ricoh. It’s the sports test for ISO performance that sees the Coolpix A just pip the GR to the higher overall score, managing just a little less than a 1/3rd of a stop better, with 1164 ISO to the 972 ISO of the GR."
I tried to evaluate the software, but every RAW file returns a loading error. Using the Ricoh GR and I installed the Ricoh GR and GR lens module.
I find the new concept intriguing.
I can imagine mounting the camera to all sorts of things, and taking photos from many perspectives.
I learn a lot from comments, but sometimes the trolls and spam is just too much anymore.
Change the format of this site to the mobile one as well.
Not really impressed with them.
Yes sharp, but kind of flat.
Need to see an artist use this camera.
Jorge Ledesma: If they would only add the Bleach Bypass effect to the GRD3 all would be well but this will do for now.
I have the GRDIV as well as Nik Color EFX Pro, which has a bleach bypass effect.
While similar, the GRDIV's produces a unique picture which I prefer for now.