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Base / Tripod Mount

The base of the camera is home to the battery/card compartment and a metal tripod mount. The modular design means it's impossible for the tripod mount to sit in line with the lens (the base of the 'body' doesn't extent that far), so panorama shooters are going to struggle.

Pop-up Flash

The GXR has a small built-in flash that gives you around 4.5m range at F2.5. As with other Ricoh models you can set the flash power output manually or leave it to its own devices. The flash is raised by pressing a button on the rear of the body (it's doesn't pop up automatically) - this button is then used to cycle between the various flash modes (off, on, red-eye, slow-sync, auto).

When not in use the flash retracts fully into the body and is completely flush with the top of the camera. It's not a big flash, nor is it very powerful, but it's comparable with most compact camera units.
 
There's a button on the back to pop up the flash (it's a mechanical link so you have to press it quite hard). This button also controls flash mode.  

AF Assist

The GXR has a small green lamp (that produces a surprisingly bright light) on the front plate, meaning you don't have to flip the flash to gain focus in low light. It's not the most discreet solution but it's less disturbing than having a strobing flash pointed at you. The AF illuminator can be disabled via a menu option.

Flash Hot-shoe

The GXR's flash hot shot (or to be more accurate, its 'accessory shoe') accepts a new dedicated bounce unit, the GF-1, which gives you full TTL auto. The shoe is also used for the optional VF-2 electronic viewfinder (there's a small data port on on the back of the camera just under the shoe).

Sliding mount

In this section we'd ordinarily be talking about the lens mount and showing you the camera's sensor, but this is no ordinary camera, and there's no lens mount as such. There is, however, a sliding mount system for attaching the lens/sensor units. These slide into place along guide rails and click in to place. It's easy to change units (though you do need to turn the camera off to switch lenses) - removing them is simply a case of holding down the lever on the front of the body whilst sliding the unit out.

Ricoh indicated to use that its engineers are looking at expanding the scope of the GXR system and are studying the potential introduction of non camera units (such as printers, storage devices and even a compact projector). Interestingly when we spoke to them they didn't discount the idea of allowing other companies to produce their own accessories, presuming, of course, that enough people buy into the system to make it an appealing market for others to join. Our Ricoh contact was, however, keen to stress that no such conversations had yet taken place.

The sliding mount is fast and easy to use.

Supplied In the Box

The GXR will be sold as a body only (you buy the lens separately - there's no kits) and the body is supplied as:

  • Ricoh GXR camera body
  • D-90 Lithium-Ion battery pack
  • BJ-9 battery charger
  • AC cable (for BJ-9)
  • Audio/Video cable
  • USB connection cable
  • Software CD (DL-10 image transfer app, Irodio Photo & Video Studio, drivers)
  • Neck Strap
  • Connector cap
  • Hot shoe cap
  • Manuals

The S10 24-72mm box includes the unit itself, the manual and a pouch.

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