Ricoh has announced the GXR, an entirely new system of camera that has a body the size of a compact camera, and an interchangeable combined lens and sensor unit.
The Ricoh GXR system will launch in December 2009. The body unit will cost £400, and two lens and sensor units will also become available: a 50mm fixed macro lens costing £600, and a 24-72mm zoom lens for £300.
Watch our video first look of the Ricoh GXR camera system on YouTube.
The design of the new system allows for the use of a sensor more akin to those found on digital SLRs than compact digital cameras, yet keeps the overall camera size to a minimum.
Furthermore, as the sensor and lens are never separated, there is no risk of dust entering the system – a common fear when changing lenses on digital SLRs.
Ricoh GXR camera system picture gallery
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Ricoh claims that the new system is smaller than existing micro four-thirds (MFT) cameras.
Panasonic and Olympus have both launched MFT cameras in the last year. These MFT cameras are smaller than digital SLRs yet offer the user the chance to change lenses. The sensor size on these cameras, which gives an approximate measure of image quality, is smaller than those found on the new Ricoh GXR system, yet the micro four-thirds cameras are still slightly more bulky.
Which? has expert lab reviews of the following micro four-thirds cameras:
- Olympus E-P1 (Pen) review
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 review
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 review
GXR price and lens specifications
|The Ricoh GXR system will launch with two lens and sensor units|
|GR Lens A12||Ricoh Lens S10|
|Sensor size||23.6mm x 15.7mm||1/1.7-inch|
|Focal length||50mm fixed||24-72mm (3x zoom)|
|Video capabilities||HD (1280 x 720p)||VGA (640 x 480p)|
|RAW frames per second||4||5|
|Aperture||f/2.5 – f/22||f/2.5 – f9.1 at 24mm
and f/4.4 – f/15.8 at 72mm
|ISO (Both feature Auto and Auto-Hi setting)||200 – 3200||100 – 3200|
|Battery life (according to Ricoh)||320 shots||410 shots|
|Weight (when mounted to camera)||423g||325g|
|Raw images per GB of memory||49||68|
Other GXR accessories will include an external flash unit (GF-1) and an external viewfinder (VF-2). Both these accessories can be fitted to the main body of the camera through the hot shoe connection.
Which? has more than 250 digital camera reviews and almost 50 digital SLR reviews.
We shall be testing this camera in our labs after its launch. More information can be found on Ricoh’s website.
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