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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 GXR/S10 24-72mm vs. Panasonic GF1

Camera settings:

  • Ricoh GRX/S10 24-72mm: Manual exposure, ISO 100, JPEG Fine, Manual WB
    Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
  • Panasonic DMC-GF1: Olympus 50 mm F2 Macro lens (@F6.3), Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
Ricoh GXR/S10 24-72mm
Panasonic GF1
3.6 MB JPEG (3648 x 2736)
6.6 MB JPEG (4000 x 3000)

The Panasonic GF1's Micro Four Thirds sensor is significantly larger than the Ricoh's 1/1.7 sensor and comes with a higher nominal resolution, which makes this comparison slightly unfair. On the other hand a GXR body and the S10 24-72mm lens module are slightly more expensive than the GF1 with its kit lens and therefore the Panasonic would be an obvious alternative for potential GXR users.

Again the Ricoh image looks pretty poor - muted and soft - next to the Panasonic's. The GF1 resolves more detail (look at the coin in the first crop) and blurs muss less low-contrast fine detail (see the hair in the second crop from bottom). The Panasonic image is overall much crisper. Next to it the S10 output looks as if it was covered with a layer of translucent fabric.