Compared to...

Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

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).

Ricoh A12 50mm vs. Leica X1

Camera settings:

  • Ricoh GRX/A12 50mm: Manual exposure, ISO 200, JPEG Fine, Manual WB
    Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
  • Leica X1: Manual exposure, ISO 100, JPEG Super Fine, Manual WB
    Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
Ricoh GXR/A12 50mm
Leica X1
4.4 MB JPEG (4288 x 2848)
4.8 MB JPEG (4272 x 2856)

As we've mentioned before, the Ricoh GXR is bit of a niche product and it's therefore not exactly straightforward to define its competition. Let's start though by comparing it to, at least on paper, one of its closest rivals, the Leica X1. As so often with current cameras the tone curves and color response on these two cameras are remarkably similar. However, despite both cameras being built around a very similar sensor, their JPEG output has at pixel level slightly different characteristics.

The X1's output looks, viewed at 100%, quite over sharpened and generally a little over processed, with some halos around high contrast edges. In comparison the Ricoh's processing is much more subtle, resulting in a slightly softer but much cleaner looking image. It's also much more suitable for further processing. Despite the softer approach the Ricoh shows very good detail at a pixel level. In the shadow areas low contrast texture is slightly more blurred than on the Leica but this can easily be changed with some sharpening in post-processing. There is not really any additional detail in the Leica image.

Overall at base ISO and default settings the Ricoh GXR with the A12 50mm camera module produces output that is artifact-free and shows good detail and well-balanced tones out of the box. For JPEG shooters there's not really any need for post processing and even dedicated RAW-users will struggle to squeeze additional detail out of the camera's RAW files.