Ricoh P10 module for GXR announced

Ricoh has announced a new module for their GXR camera system, the new module is the P10 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 and is based on the CX3 camera.

While most people eagerly await more APS base modules, like the announced A12 28mm f2.5 module for me this module is very interesting since I really like the CX series cameras. This module is certainly interesting for me an would make sense as a 2nd module, more so than the S10 module does.

What I am waiting for is for Ricoh to release a module with lens mount to allow the use of legacy lenses and hopefully new Ricoh lenses. Having most Ricoh cameras as module for the GXR available is nice and certainly welcome but for the GXR system to become successful Ricoh needs more interesting modules. In my opinion a long a Ricoh won’t release a lens mount module the system will always remain very niche.
With Samsung and now Sony also joining the race for the best mirrorless large sensor compact the market will become very crowded and it would be a shame not to see Ricoh compete at the top where they have been for the last years when it camera to serious compact cameras.

Full press release after the break.

Tokyo, Japan, May 7, 2010—Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president and CEO: Shiro Kondo) today announced the development and release of the new GXR camera unit RICOH LENS P10 28-300 mm F3.5-5.6 VC*1.

Featuring a high-magnification 10.7x (28-300 mm) optical wide-angle zoom and high-speed continuous shooting of RAW still images at about 5 frames/second*2, this camera unit has a back-illuminated CMOS sensor and an advanced noise reduction function.

Image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine IV and the high-speed image processing capabilities of the CMOS sensor combine to enhance image quality and expand dynamic range. The 10.7x optical zoom expands image-creation possibilities from wide-angle through telephoto.

The RAW mode high-speed continuous shooting at about 5 frames/second enables the photographer to catch the desired scene. And the noise reduction function and back-illuminated CMOS sensor together give high imaging performance in low-light shooting.

Also included are a 1280 x 720 pixel HD movie function, the dynamic range double shot mode function, a macro function capable of close-up shooting at 1 cm, and many other enhanced functions for diverse and effortless enjoyment of shooting from 28 mm wide-angle to 300 mm telephoto.

For this model, there are two package types available. The product name “RICOH LENS P10 28-300 mm F3.5-5.6 VC” refers to just the camera unit by itself. Product name “GXR+P10 KIT” refers to the GXR body and the RICOH LENS P10 28-300 mm F3.5-5.6 VC camera unit packaged together.

Main features of RICOH LENS P10 28-300 mm F3.5-5.6 VC

This GXR camera unit has a 10.7x optical zoom (28-300 mm) that enables the photographer to shoot at will from wide-angle to telephoto.

•With 28 mm wide-angle to 300 mm telephoto coverage, this high-magnification zoom lens can handle a wide range of shooting situations, including powerful telephoto shots as well as wide-angle shooting of both expansive landscapes and interior scenes with limited distance between camera and subject.
•There is also a zoom function for changing to high-speed zoom when the photographer continues to push the zoom lever.

Get the shot you want with high-speed continuous shooting functions capable of high image quality

•High-speed continuous shooting functions have been improved. It is now possible to do high-speed continuous shooting in RAW mode at a rate of up to about 5 frames/second*3.

•The M-continuous plus shooting function saves consecutive images shot before the finger is removed from the shutter release button. To fit the scene being photographed, you can select from two modes: M-Continuous Plus (Low)*4 for 15 images taken in as little as three seconds and M-Continuous Plus (Hi)*5 for 26 images taken in about 0.9 seconds.
•Ultra-high-speed continuous shooting is possible with shooting of 120 images (120 frames/sec.) during an interval of about one second after the shutter release button is pushed or 120 images (60 frames/sec.) during an interval of about two seconds. Image size is fixed at 640 × 480 VGA. The consecutively shot images are recorded as a single MP file (a file format with multiple still images in a single file).

A back-illuminated CMOS sensor strong in low-light scenes and a powerful noise reduction function

Performing noise reduction processing on the signal immediately after it is output by the back-illuminated CMOS sensor makes it possible to reduce noise while maintaining resolution, tone characteristics, and saturation.

The noise reduction level can be specified as Off, Weak, Strong, or MAX. By specifying MAX, it is possible to do sophisticated variance-estimation type noise reduction processing in which the sensor image data’s noise variance is analyzed and the optimum processing is done for each region.

•Residing on a customized circuit of the image processing engine, the pixel output interpolation algorithm reduces whiteout in high-contrast situations, thereby recreating beauty as seen.
•Dynamic range double shot mode makes it possible to record images with an almost naked-eye impression. Enjoy the possibilities created by a dynamic range expansion effect equivalent to up to 12EV.
•Multi-pattern auto white balance makes it possible to recreate natural as-seen colors even in people-photography scenes that were difficult to shoot with past auto white balance functions, such as scenes with both shadow and sunlight and scenes mixing flash and natural light (or fluorescent light, etc.).

A wide range of functions

•It is now possible to shoot 1280 × 720 pixel HD movies.
•With the macro photography functions you can get as close to the subject as 1 cm for wide angle*6 and 27 cm for telephoto.
Note: When shooting movies of 1280 × 720 size, the use of an SD/SDHC memory card with an SD speed class of Class 6 or higher is recommended.

Special features common to GXR camera units

•The automatic exposure modes include program shift mode, shutter priority mode, and aperture priority*7 mode.

•Picture settings can be customized with nine setting levels for easy creation of a diverse range of images.
•ISO3200 facilitates shooting in low light conditions.
•The Pre-AF function accelerates focusing speed by adjusting the focus to match subject movement.
•The full press snap function shoots at a preset distance for a one-push full-press of the shutter-release button.
•When shooting subjects up close, the camera automatically switches to macro mode so macro photography can now be enjoyed without having to worry about switching modes.(Auto macro setting)

*1 The “VC” designation indicates that this unit has the Vibration Correction function developed independently by Ricoh.
*2 The maximum number of images for continuous shooting in RAW mode is five.
*3 Continuous shooting speed will vary depending on shooting conditions, card type, card condition, etc.
*4 M-Continuous Plus (Low) image size is fixed at 10M 4:3N.
*5 M-Continuous Plus (Hi) image size is fixed at 2M 4:3N. The consecutively shot images are recorded as a single MP file (a file format with multiple still images in a single file).
*6 Equivalent to 31 mm focal length for 35 mm cameras
*7 ND filter used for aperture priority mode.


7 responses to “Ricoh P10 module for GXR announced

  1. Is there any chance of you doing a CX1 vs. P10/Cx4? comparison?

    I’m really interested to know if there is much difference in the lens performance of the 200mm vs 300mm.

  2. If I can get another CX1 from Ricoh to compare it agaisnt I will certainly try.
    Before the P10 review I will have finish the A12 and S10 review for the GXR though. I am also thinking to write a review on the Panasonic GF1 so will have to see how I can get everything done.

  3. Don’t worry about it, Cris. I’m just looking back a bit :)

  4. No problem Mark, I hope I can find the time for the reviews and I should also get a CX3 from Ricoh so can compare this.

  5. Christian, will you be doing a review on the P10? Thanks, hope you do.

  6. I see you are planning this, thank you

  7. Cristian

    I did get a GXR P10 after shuffling around a bit over the subject that neither the A12 nor the S10 offered me anything compellingly new for me to pay the entry price to the GXR experience. The P10 is a handy tool and being a tinkerer I have appreciated being able to set up the GXR like the GRDIII in a sophisticated manner. Most reviewers do not make much comment on the depth that these cameras have in configuration. As digital cameras progress towards a plateau sophisticated configuration options must be one of the last unvisited frontiers.

    This area is also one of the hardest to have its advantages explained to neophytes. “Surely” they say “cameras are all about sensors and lenses and high image IQ?” However once you get to treat a camera as a sophisticated tool rather than a quick and lucky image capturing device there is no doubt that by learning and using all the tools that these cameras offer will pay great dividends.

    It seems to me that regular camera reviews must of necessity just test cameras straight out of the packaging. You don’t actually see normal reviews saying if you go into the box and my mode settings and tweak this and that you can set up the camera to your own personal shooting settings that are available at twist of dial to be further modified as the circumstances dictate. Your average review reader’s eyes would quickly glaze over as the reviewer delved into the intricate details of just what is offered deep in Ricoh firmware.

    I imagine a quite technical book could be written for professional purposes on just how these cameras could be purpose set up for use.

    On the other topic of how Ricoh might release a lens adapter module. I fretted over this for a while and in the end went Samsung NX10. Not so much for the legacy lens thing but the then anticipated wide range of new lenses to be offered fairly quickly.

    The NX10 has the feel of the original GRD – simple and effective. The firmware is so simple compared to the GRDIII or GXR and there are no custom modes. But it has everything that you might need to get the job done (like the GRD). However what has knocked me off my rocking chair is how well it works with adapters and legacy manual lenses. All of a sudden a new camera/mount is really useful whilst one waits for the “real” NX lenses to arrive. I have no doubt that modern lenses will be better ultimately. But I have now managed to accumulate quite a few old manual lenses at little cost. Some were already owned from eons ago others I have bought. I now have a pk mount Samyang 85mm f1.4 and also have an FD mount Canon 50mmm f1.2 “on the water”. How long before either Samsung for the NX or Ricoh for the GXR has a native modern lens of these specifications for their mounts?

    Having said that and knowing the GXR I am not so sure that the GXR (like the Samsung NX100 also) would actually be comfortable to have large unwieldy adaptered lenses fitted to them. But I am sure that the GXR would manage a few nice wide manual aperture primes quite nicely and to Hades with the exposed sensor ….

    On the other hand the NX10 is more a shape-competitor to the budget end dslr cameras and can even look “cool” with the Pentax 80-200 f4.0 “licorice stick” lens I bought for AUD$60. Not particularly fast but it is effective enough.

    Tom Caldwell

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