Today, Ricoh has released a new firmware update for the GXR. It addresses the biggest problem with the camera and this is the extremely slow and unreliable AF.
Ricoh have now added a slower AF mode which does not freeze the screen and a fast AF mode which freezes the screen during focus but focuses faster.
Since I complained and have criticised Ricoh a lot for the poor AF in the GXR, I could not wait to try the new firmware out. And indeed, Ricoh has addressed both of my complaints with the AF, unfortunately I can only have one at a time. So it's either the same slow AF but no screen freeze or the very annoying screen freeze during focus but a more usable AF speed.
Ok, to make it clear, the AF has been improved and this is great. It is great to see that Ricoh does listen and keeps improving their cameras. Make no mistake though, compared with the GF1, the AF speed is still way behind but now it's at least in good light much closer.
So while Ricoh has disappointed a bit with the initial GXR modules, at least they don't disappoint when it comes to improving their cameras through firmware updates based on feedback from users.