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Epson R-D1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews of Epson R-D1. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviews about the reliability and durability are on the whole positive. The image quality and performance also get good views. Some have doubts about the flash and price. Reviews about the low light performance and focus are different.

usability, performance, image quality, durability, reliability

price, flash

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Epson R-D1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Cliff Smith (

Epson R-D1 - Digital Rangefinder Camera


A digital rangefinder camera? Surely if you snubbed the move to SLR you're even less likely to go digital - Cliff certainly thinks so.

Despite the fact that as a digital camera it obviously has no film, it nonetheless has a film wind-on lever which has to be cranked before every shot to cock the shutter. On a film rangefinder camera the mechanical shutter means that you can still take...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Doug Harman (

Epson R-D1 Digital Rangefinder


Nothing can quite prepare you for the experience of using the R-D1, a digital camera with a distinctly ‘film' feel. The R-D1 uses a combination of full manual controls gleaned from the camera's adapted and jointly-developed-with-Epson...

Good magnesium alloy build and good sensor (similar to that housed in the Nikon D70 D-SLR); accepts Leica M and L mount lenses (the latter via an adapter) RAW capture.

Menus are little on the slow side, totally manual control may not be to everyone’s liking.

In terms of image quality, the R-D1 has plenty of poise, the colours are natural and images with the Biogon lens I used are extremely crisp indeed. The camera’s TTL screen surface direct actual-aperture metering is slightly biased to the underexposure...

Jun, 2005

Expert review by : staff (

Epson R-D1 review


A digital rangefinder with a film wind lever

EM lens mount ; Retro charm

Inconsistent results ; Awkward operation

It's great to live in a world where cameras like this exist - even if it's not your cup of tea

Nov, 2006

Expert review by : (

Epson R-D1 Digital Rangefinder


Expensive? Yes, which means it DROPs a verdict star down to lack of value for money. Unique? Yes. But is it any good? No, it is simply superb. It is a great enthusiasts' camera, or the (almost) perfect professional's back up instrument. Your only...

Excellent magnesium alloy build, good 6MP sensor, accepts Leica M and L-mount lenses (L-mount lenses via an adapter), RAW capture

Slow menu system, fully manual control may not be to everyone’s liking

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : What Digital Camera Magazine (

Review of the Epson R-D1 - Digital SLR Reviews


The first truly digital rangefinder accepting interchangeable lenses...

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (

Epson R-D1


This is the first digital rangefinder on the market. But unless you're a rangefinder fanatic, this camera may frustrate you—and empty your wallet.

Great ergonomics. Solid construction. Cool retro look.

Too expensive. No full automatic mode. Confusing menus.

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May, 2005

Expert review by : Aimee Baldridge (

Epson R-D1


Epson R-D1

Apr, 2004

Expert review by : Aimee Baldridge (

Epson R-D1


Epson R-D1

Apr, 2004

Expert review by : larrylgreenhill (

Epson R-D1 Digital Camera Pro Review


The Epson R-D1 is a very compact, 6-megapixel, digital rangefinder that accepts all the interchangeable Leica M and Voigtlander 35mm rangefinder lenses. Like the Bessa R-3 platform it was built on, the R-D1 features a vertical focal plane shutter with...

Rangefinder digital camera body that uses Leica M and Voigtlander 35 mm rangefinder interchangeable lenses, RAW mode, superb histogram, and excellent RAW file processing software, Images are very low noise and highly detailed, especially for 6...

Very high price for 6 Megapixel camera, No continuous or burst mode, 1.53 x crop due to sensor size limits use of Leica wide-angle lenses, R-D1's rangefinder is harder to focus in low light than with Leica M7, Epson phone support polite but less than...

In summary, I loved the picture-taking performance of the Epson R-D1 digital rangefinder camera body, but was perturbed by its misaligned rangefinder and frustrated by Epson's support staff. However, the Epson R-D1 is the only compact digital...

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : David B. Brooks (

The Epson R-D1 Journey Begins A New Digital Version Of A Classic Rangefinder Camera, And More...


This row of garages for an early 1900s bungalow complex was an enticing color test subject for the Epson R-D1, but impossible to photograph with even the shortest of wide angles as the alleyway was little more than 10 ft wide. So, I made five identical...

The obvious perspective regarding the Epson R-D1 is that its primary appeal should be to those photographers who are dedicated to classic rangefinder cameras. To provide these photographers with a body that gives them digital-capture capability surely...

Apr, 2005

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