Rambler used these X-Ray brochures in the fifties and sixties to compare their cars to the competition. Some of the text is not very convincing and sometimes takes a very nasty tone. Down below this were four more wagons: Plymouth, Dodge, Studebaker and Mercury Meteor.
From my collection of auto sales brochures, from all parts of the world and nearly all makes of cars and light trucks.
Ricoh GXR 50/2.5 (A12) Firmware 1.36 Test (macro/outdoors/cloudy afternoon)
See my first three images for my notes on Firmware 1.18.
Ricoh GXR 50/2.5 A12 module; Firmware 1.36
The firmware 1.36 is the latest firmware to date. It did fix the A12 unit's inaccurate focusing a bit but does not eliminate it.
I typically shoot with spot focus setting. Even with that, I find that sometimes focusing is just a tad off for some reason. It can be frustrating but, as I noted before, I just shoot a lot and get plenty of keepers. Macro minimum shooting distance is still a disappointing 7cm.
But, there plenty of things to like/love about this camera/unit. First, being its small size and great image quality and second, its colors—skin tones and color accuracy straight out of camera JPEGs (on standard setting) are as close to the colors as you could see in real life. This is much better than even Canon 5DMK2 where I only shoot RAW because JPEG colors are a hit or miss (and mainly miss).
Comparisons to other "compact" cameras I own/have owned (of course, these are just opinions, right or wrong...)
To Leica D-Lux 5: I prefer the DL5's smaller size; focus speed and accuracy and macro mode. I prefer Ricoh A12 colors, image quality (bigger sensor).
To Ricoh GRDIII: I prefer GRDIII's macro mode and its small size that could easily fit into my jeans pockets. I prefer the GXR A12 in all other aspects.
To Leica X1: I prefer X1's look, but not the larger size. I prefer X1's focus accuracy. I think GXR and X1 have similar focus speed. I prefer GXR A12 colors and bokeh.
Sigma DP2s: I like the Foveon look; other than that GXR A12 is better in all aspects.
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Size Comparison for you, Cindy :)
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