The marriage of Ricoh and Pentax has resulted in a ‘Brady Bunch’ family of three compact system camera (CSC) platforms. This is quite a workload for the parents so it’s to be hoped that none of the children’s development is neglected. Each is quite unique in character, but most at risk would seem to be the smallest, Pentax’s Q, especially as its bigger sibling, the K-01, is being treated to designer label clothing.
However, the Ricoh GXR remains the cleverest of the trio, something that’s reinforced by the arrival of the fifth lens module – or “camera unit” as they’re officially called – which allows for a change of sensor to be made comparatively painlessly.
In case you’ve forgotten, the GXR system works on the idea of combining the lens and sensor (plus various control functions) into interchangeable units which plug into a camera body that doesn’t have quite the same progress-related obsolescence as a conventional CSC or D-SLR camera body. Mind you, introduced back in late 2009, the current GXR body is starting to show its age in a couple of areas – among them no support for SDXC memory cards – but all the stuff that does usually ‘go off’ is in the lens modules. The GXR system also allows for the lens and sensor to be precisely matched – thus there’s a number of imager formats – and there are no issues with dust because the units are all fully sealed.
Thank-you for looking up aour review of the Ricoh A16 Review. This equipment review is currently available only as a low-resolution pdf version of the original magazine pages originally printed in the March April 2012 issue
You can download it here: Ricoh A16 Review.pdf