This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).
Canon PowerShot G11: Manual mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
Manual white balance, Self-Timer
Ricoh GXR/S10 24-72mm
3.6 MB JPEG (3648 x 2736)
2.5 MB JPEG (3648 x 2736)
Let's start by comparing the S10 24-72mm module to the latest incarnation of Canon's flagship compact camera, the G11. Both cameras use a very similar sensor but while the Canon offers a 5x F2.8-4.5 zoom lens the Ricoh comes with a slightly faster (F2.5-4.4) 3x lens.
Despite both cameras producing exactly the same size output the differences are immediately obvious when looking at the images. At default settings the Ricoh produces comparatively flat images with relatively low saturation and contrast. The latter, combined with pretty strong noise reduction (even when turned off), leads to a loss of fine detail even at the lowest ISO settings. The Canon image is crisper with better pixel-sharpness and more detail across the frame.