Friday, April 19, 2013

Thought Of The Day: Ricoh GR

Ricoh just announced the new GR compact fixed lens digital camera. In case you don't recall, Ricoh owns Pentax now. I'm not really sure what this means for Ricoh cameras, but I'm assuming (and I could be wrong) that the 16 megapixel APS-C sized sensor in this camera is the same Sony-made sensor found in the Pentax K-01, K-5, K-5 II, and K-30. If that is true, then this is an excellent sensor, and these guys know how to get the most out of it.

The lens is a fixed 28mm equivalent f2.8. This should be a fantastic lens. Since it is fixed, this camera is limited in its versatility.  

The GR might be a good choice for street photography and capturing the kids around the house, but it certainly isn't an all-around camera. Its closest competitor is the Fuji X100s, which is a pretty highly regarded camera, and probably a better camera than the GR. The Fuji camera costs significantly more, so it will be interesting to see if the price difference is equal to the quality difference. My guess is that, while the Fuji camera is better, the Ricoh camera will be a better value.

If you are in the market for a wide-angle fixed-lens compact camera that produces high-quality images, both cameras are excellent choices.

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