The GXr System
Overall, Ricoh’s GXR system is off to a decent start. Like most of Ricoh’s cameras, it stands apart from typical compacts by offering a thoughtful alternative to the usual control schemes—customizable to your liking and geared toward photographers who know a thing or two—or plan to learn. For now, it remains to be seen what modules Ricoh will offer in the long run other than the 28–300mm f/3.5–5.6 unit, which uses a small 1/2.3- inch CMOS sensor typical of compact cameras. We’re hoping for something wide and fast enough for street shooting.