Compared to... Nikon P5000

The GX100 has little in the way of direct competitors thanks to its unique lens range and feature set, but there are plenty of compact 10MP cameras to compare it to; we've picked the Nikon P5000 because it's a similar size and also offers a comprehensive feature set (and the ability to extend the lens range with converters).

We've included comparisons at each camera's lowest ISO setting, ISO 400, 800 and 1600 (the highest offered by the GX100).

Studio scene comparison (GX100 @ ISO 80, P5000 @ ISO 64)

  • Ricoh GX100 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.3 EV compensation
  • Nikon Coolpix P5000: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 64, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.6 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Ricoh GX100
Nikon Coolpix P5000
ISO 80, 1/55 sec, F4.9
ISO 64, 1/34 sec, F4.8
3,541 KB JPEG
2,557 KB JPEG

I was quite surprised when I first started to look at the GX100's output as compared to other cameras in this class; I'd expected the ambitious 24-72mm lens to come at a significant cost when it came to image quality, but it's actually surprisingly good. Although there is some softness as you move away from the center of the frame, all things considered it's surprisingly capable (not that here we're shooting towards the tele end of the zoom; there is more obvious corner softness at shorter zoom settings and wider apertures). Detail capture is surprisingly good and color - whilst not as good as the P5000's - is perfectly acceptable (the GX100 doesn't have the best white balance in the world, but we're not talking about anything serious). There is a little visible noise and what appears to be a little NR smearing of low contrast detail, but for anyone producing standard print sizes there's really little to complain about here.