As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Epson R-D1 is also often compared to super zooms and pro DSLRs. The Epson R-D1's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix P500) and Ricoh (such as the GXR (A12))

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Epson R-D1 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (rangefinder vs none) and is thinner (1.6" vs 3").

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (235k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (6 MP vs 15.9 MP).

Ricoh GXR (A12)

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5 years newer

Significant advantages of the GXR (A12) (vs the R-D1)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 235k dots
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the GXR (A12) (vs the R-D1)

  • Significantly thicker: 3" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the GXR (A12) and R-D1

  • None found

Leica M8

Leica M8
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the M8 (vs the R-D1)

  • Much larger screen: 2.5" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the M8 (vs the R-D1)

  • None found

common strengths of the M8 and R-D1

  • Both have rangefinder viewfinders: Rangefinder vs Rangefinder
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.6"

Olympus Pen E-P5

Olympus Pen E-P5
9 years newer
$580 (body only)

Significant advantages of the E-P5 (vs the R-D1)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,036k dots vs 235k dots
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the E-P5 (vs the R-D1)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Rangefinder

common strengths of the E-P5 and R-D1

  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.6"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Epson R-D1 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (standard size (142×89×40 mm) vs professional size (116×84×103 mm)), is thinner (1.6" vs 4.1"), has interchangeable lenses and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (235k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (6 MP vs 9.7 MP).

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500
6 years newer
$546

Significant advantages of the P500 (vs the R-D1)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the P500 (vs the R-D1)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly thicker: 4.1" vs 1.6"
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the P500 and R-D1

  • Fairly small: Professional size (116×84×103 mm) vs Standard size (142×89×40 mm)
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 1.6"
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 620 g

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Epson R-D1 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it is newer (march 2004 vs july 2000), is much smaller (standard size (142×89×40 mm) vs professional size (152×117×69 mm)) and is thinner (1.6" vs 2.7").

However, on average it has a lower quality type of viewfinder (rangefinder vs pentaprism), has a slower max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second) and much shorter exposures (1 seconds vs 32 seconds).

Contax N Digital

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3 years older

Significant advantages of the N Digital (vs the R-D1)

  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Rangefinder
  • Much longer exposures: 32 seconds vs 1 seconds
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the N Digital (vs the R-D1)

  • Much thicker: 2.7" vs 1.6"
  • Much larger: Professional size (152×117×69 mm) vs Standard size (142×89×40 mm)

common strengths of the N Digital and R-D1

  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.6"