On this page we'll cover the design specifics of the P10 28-300m VC module. Reading our in-depth Ricoh GXR/S10 review will give you a lot of additional information about the design, operation and handling of the GXR body and system.
With the P10 28-300mm module attached the GXR bears a close family resemblance to Ricoh's high end compacts (the GRD and GX series), with a similar design and control layout. It's (inevitably) quite a bit bigger than either of those models, being a lot closer in size to the Olympus E-P1 and Panasonic GF1, though with the zoom attached and powered down it's noticeably slimmer than either (and is a lot nearer to being genuinely pocketable). The body is built around a strong, light magnesium alloy chassis and finished with the same combination of textured metal and rubber as the GRD, giving it a serious, quality feel.
Side by side
The table below shows that the GXR/P10 28-300mm combination is fairly compact compared to other cameras with interchangeable lenses (keep in mind though that those cameras feature larger sensors than the P10 28-300mm module). However, compared to models with similar sensor size and zoom range such as the Panasonic ZS7 or Canon SX210 IS, it is quite bulky.
|The Ricoh GXR/P10 28-300mm next to the Panasonic TZ10 and Canon SX210 IS|
To give you an idea of how the GXR compares with its most obvious competitors the table below shows how the dimensions compare when the lenses are taken into account. We've included a couple of 'Travel Zoom' compact cameras - the GXR's closest rivals when the P10 28-300mm module is attached and a few interchangeable lens cameras. Keep in mind though that the latter feature much larger sensors than the P10 28-300mm module.
|Camera||Lens (35mm equivalent focal length shown)||Depth|
|Ricoh GXR||28-300mm P10||47mm (1.9 in)|
|Panasonic ZS7||25-300mm||30mm (1.2 in)|
|Canon SX200 IS||28-336mm||30mm (1.2 in)|
|Panasonic Lumix GF1*||Panasonic 40mm F1.7||61.8mm (2.4 in)|
|Olympus E-P1*||Olympus 35mm F2.8||57mm (2.25 in)|
|Sigma DP2*||Sigma 41mm F2.8||60mm (2.2 in)|
|Ricoh GXR*||50mm F2.5 A12||74mm (2.9 in)|
*These are large-sensor compact cameras and therefore not directly comparable to the GXR with P10 28-300mm module.