Ricoh GXR offers 'an entirely new camera system'Interchangeable combined lenses and sensors on GXR

10 November 2009

Ricoh GXR

Ricoh's GXR is a new camera system with interchangeable lens and sensor

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


Please install/enable Adobe Flash Player to view the interactive version of this content

Ricoh GXR

Ricoh GXR

Ricoh GXR

Ricoh GXR

Ricoh GXR

Ricoh GXR

Ricoh GXR

Ricoh GXR

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 A12Ricoh Lens S10
Sensor typeCMOSCCD
Sensor size23.6mm x 15.7mm1/1.7-inch
Focal length50mm fixed24-72mm (3x zoom)
Video capabilitiesHD (1280 x 720p)VGA (640 x 480p)
RAW frames per second45
Aperturef/2.5 - f/22f/2.5 – f9.1 at 24mm
and f/4.4 – f/15.8 at 72mm
ISO (Both feature Auto and Auto-Hi setting)200 - 3200100 - 3200
Battery life (according to Ricoh)320 shots410 shots
Weight (when mounted to camera)423g325g
Raw images per GB of memory4968

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.

How to follow the latest Which? Tech news

Are you a Twitter user? Follow WhichTech on Twitter for regular tech tweets.

Prefer RSS? Don't miss a thing with the Which? tech RSS feed

For just the main headlines in newsletter form, sign-up to our weekly Which? tech email.

Apple iPad 2 3G data plans compared - find the best 3G plan for your iPad
Best Android tablets round-up - we look at the best iPad alternatives around
Best cheap laptops for under £500 - find the best laptop deals