• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
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  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 14.8 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Ricoh GXR advantages over Sigma SD1 Merrill

  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    423g vs 796g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    920k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Longer exposure
    180 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    15 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Sigma SD1 Merrill advantages over Ricoh GXR

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • More pixels
    14.8 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.1 fps vs 3.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/3200 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Pentax K2000

Ricoh GXR
Pentax K2000
  • $1380
  • APS-C
  • HDMI out
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
Sigma SD1 Merrill
Pentax K2000
  • $2379
  • APS-C
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
  • More dots on screen
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D300S

Ricoh GXR
Nikon D300S
  • $1380
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
  • $1663
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sigma SD1 Merrill
Nikon D300S
  • $2379
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $1663
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony DSLR-A550

Ricoh GXR
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $1380
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Longer exposure
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Sigma SD1 Merrill
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $2379
  • APS-C
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Fujifilm X100

Ricoh GXR
Fujifilm X100
  • $1380
  • APS-C
  • More dots on screen
  • Longer exposure
  • $1200
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sigma SD1 Merrill
Fujifilm X100
  • $2379
  • APS-C
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • More pixels
  • $1200
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Integrated ND filter

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro1

Ricoh GXR
Fujifilm X-Pro1
  • $1380
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Longer exposure
  • $834
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Sigma SD1 Merrill
Fujifilm X-Pro1
  • $2379
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Faster shutter
  • $834
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
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