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Pentax XG-1 vs Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5

Portability
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Imaging
40
Features
37
Overall
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Pentax XG-1 front
 
Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 front
Portability
69
Imaging
57
Features
45
Overall
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Pentax XG-1 vs Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 Key Specs

Pentax XG-1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1248mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 567g - 119 x 89 x 98mm
  • Announced July 2014
Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-85mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 550g - 114 x 75 x 93mm
  • Launched February 2012
Photography Glossary

Pentax XG-1 vs Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 Overview

In this write-up, we are reviewing the Pentax XG-1 vs Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Advanced Mirrorless by manufacturers Pentax and Ricoh. The image resolution of the XG-1 (16MP) and the GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 (16MP) is very similar but the XG-1 (1/2.3") and GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 (APS-C) come with different sensor sizes.

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The XG-1 was released 2 years later than the GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 and that is quite a significant difference as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras offer different body type with the Pentax XG-1 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving through a more detailed comparison, below is a brief summation of how the XG-1 matches up versus the GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Pentax XG-1 over the Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5

 XG-1 GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 
LaunchedJuly 2014February 2012More recent by 30 months

Reasons to pick Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 over the Pentax XG-1

 GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 XG-1 
Display resolution920k460kCrisper display (+460k dot)

Common features in the Pentax XG-1 and Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5

 XG-1 GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 
Manual focus More exact focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch display Missing Touch display

Pentax XG-1 vs Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to lug around your camera often, you will want to factor its weight and dimensions. The Pentax XG-1 features external dimensions of 119mm x 89mm x 98mm (4.7" x 3.5" x 3.9") accompanied by a weight of 567 grams (1.25 lbs) and the Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 has dimensions of 114mm x 75mm x 93mm (4.5" x 3.0" x 3.7") along with a weight of 550 grams (1.21 lbs).

Check out the Pentax XG-1 vs Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the XG-1 against the GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5.

Pentax XG-1 vs Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the XG-1 and GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 is 66 and 69 respectively.

Pentax XG-1 vs Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 top view buttons comparison

Pentax XG-1 vs Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's difficult to visualize the contrast between sensor measurements only by going over specifications. The graphic here may provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the XG-1 and GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5.

To sum up, both the cameras offer the same exact megapixels but different sensor measurements. The XG-1 contains the tinier sensor which should make achieving bokeh tougher. The younger XG-1 should have a benefit in sensor technology.

Pentax XG-1 vs Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 sensor size comparison

Pentax XG-1 vs Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax XG-1 vs Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Pentax XG-1
Portrait photography with Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5
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has manual focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
74
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect focus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Pentax XG-1 as a Street photography camera
Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 as a Street photography camera
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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
more heavy than others (567g)
55
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than competition (550g)
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Sports Comparison

Pentax XG-1 Sports photography advice
Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 Sports photography advice
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excellent zoom range (24-1248mm 52.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (16MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery life (240 shots)
does not have phase detect autofocus
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decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax XG-1 as a Travel photography camera
Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 as a Travel photography camera
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good MP (16MP)
flash built-in
relatively wide (24mm)
very long reach (1248mm)
no Timelapse recording
low battery life (240 CIPA)
more heavy than others (567 grams)
does not offer selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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decent sensor resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
more heavy than competition (550g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax XG-1 Landscape photography advice
Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 Landscape photography advice
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has manual focus
relatively wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (16MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
low battery life (240 shots)
no Timelapse recording
63
you can focus manually
really wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
lack of image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax XG-1
Vlogging with Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5
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relatively wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly display
no external microphone support
more heavy than others (567g)
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really wide (24mm)
provides face detect focus
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of microphone socket
more heavy than competition (550g)
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Pentax XG-1 vs Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax XG-1 and Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5
 Pentax XG-1Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5
General Information
Make Pentax Ricoh
Model Pentax XG-1 Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced Mirrorless
Announced 2014-07-15 2012-02-02
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Smooth Imaging Engine IV
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.6 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 370.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4928 x 3264
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-1248mm (52.0x) 24-85mm (3.5x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.6 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech - TFT color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 200k dots -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 180 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/3200 secs
Continuous shooting rate 9.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.00 m -
Flash settings Force Off, Flash Auto, Force Flash, Slow Sync., Slow Sync. + Red-Eye, Red-Eye Reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (120 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 567 gr (1.25 lbs) 550 gr (1.21 lbs)
Dimensions 119 x 89 x 98mm (4.7" x 3.5" x 3.9") 114 x 75 x 93mm (4.5" x 3.0" x 3.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 240 images 400 images
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LB-060 DB-90
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images) )
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Launch cost $599 $871