Looks very good...
Looks like they figured out the high ASA stuff.
The 1600 looks good even in color.
The lens looks like more contrast also.
Maybe that is in processing but it just looks like
better tonal separation....
It could be a contender....
Cheap shot using the Oly......
But then again.... That's what they are up against.
From here I think I'll have to try some PP on the RAW files - at least Ricoh have the good sense to use DNG format so I can try sample RAWs in any PP RAW app. To me this adds value to the camera as you don't have to invest in something else to PP images as you might with something proprietary.
If you are looking for some RAW samples, Cris has posted some here http://ricohforum.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=2958
John, thanks for the link, they look very good. I would still like to see how it does B&W jpegs
Cannot wait for reviews....
The ISO 800 may be usable in some situations. I think with the right match of post processing NR it could be ok.
Something that blew my socks off -- the mixed light metering whatever they call it. Shooting at night, florescent, incandescent, and fireworks ... and the images are as if lit by similar color light sources. I have no idea ... voodoo, maybe?!?
Oh, and long exposures -- out to 1-sec or 2-sec, are very, very, very usable!!! Haven't had the need to go longer than that, yet.