Ricoh Announces GR LENS A12 28 mm F2.5

A new GXR camera unit featuring a GR Lens and an APS-C size CMOS sensor

Exhibited at photokina 2010

Tokyo, Japan, September 21, 2010 – Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president and CEO: Shiro Kondo) today announced the development and release of GR LENS A12 28 mm F2.5, the fourth camera unit in the GXR interchangeable unit system. This product is being announced and exhibited at the photokina 2010 exhibition held in Cologne, Germany, beginning September 21, 2010.

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Ricoh Announces Development of Two New Units for GXR Interchangeable Unit Camera System

Tokyo, Japan, February 23, 2010 – Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president and CEO: Shiro Kondo) today announced the development of two new camera units for the GXR interchangeable unit camera system introduced on December 18, 2009.

The GXR is a revolutionary new interchangeable unit camera system in which lenses can be changed by mounting camera units that integrate lens, image sensor, and image processing engine into a single unit. In addition, to fully utilize this system’s unique ability to accommodate interchangeable units other than camera units, Ricoh is also investigating possibilities for development of a variety of other devices.

This announcement concerns the introduction of the following two new camera units, as an addition to the two camera units introduced at the same time as the GXR body.

1. Camera unit RICOH LENS P10 28-300 mm F3.5-5.6 VC* (name tentative)

  • With an original Ricoh noise reduction function and a back-illuminated CMOS sensor, this camera unit expands the photographer’s range of expression by making it possible to shoot high-quality images in scenes ranging from low light to bright light.
  • Featuring a high-magnification 10.7x (28-300 mm) optical wide-angle zoom, this unit has 120 frame/second high-speed continuous shooting ability plus a wide range of other functional capabilities such as RAW image recording, image settings adjustable to nine levels, multi-target AF, and much more.
  • Start of sales planned for the summer of 2010.

*The “VC” designation indicates that this unit has the vibration correction function developed independently by Ricoh.

2. Camera unit GR LENS A12 28 mm F2.5 (name tentative)

  • Featuring a newly developed 28 mm fixed-focal-length GR LENS, this camera unit achieves high resolution and high imaging power.
  • A 23.6 mm x 15.7 mm (APS-C size) CMOS sensor is used. The combination of this sensor with the GR ENGINE III image processing engine enables the camera unit to shoot high-quality images with smooth tone gradations as well as high definition and low noise.
  • There is a manual focus ring that can be used for precise focus adjustments.
  • Start of sales planned for the winter of 2010.

We plan to have RICOH LENS P10 28-300 mm F3.5-5.6 VC camera units on display at the CP(+) CAMERA & PHOTO IMAGING SHOW to be held at PACIFICO Yokohama from March 11 (Thu.) to March 14 (Sun.).

*The names, specifications, and release timing of the above products are subject to change.

*All of the lens focal lengths in this release are converted to the equivalent values for a 35 mm film camera.

Ricoh GXR with 50mm & 24-72mm Lens Units

Ricoh GXR with lens and viewfinder attachedI have taken delivery of this innovative and unique camera today in order to learn a bit about it so that I can write a review.

The GXR is a fascinating concept which reminds me a little of my medium format film days (in that the shutter was contained in the lens, rather than in the camera body).

It’s exciting that I’m struggling to pre-judge this camera as I can’t quite place it in a neat little box; it’s not a DSLR, but it’s not really a compact either.

In amongst the various files I have been sent there is all sorts of information about developments of the system and some news about the next lens units expected. These will be published on TDM soon, once I have decided the best way to work this review.

This camera is making me think; I like that!

If anyone has any experience of this system and would care to share, or if anyone has anything specific they would like to know, please get in touch.

Ricoh GR Digital III Compact: Review

Ricoh GR Digital III FrontLike most (I imagine) readers of TDM I am generally very interested in SLRs and bigger formats, but less interested in compacts. The top end compacts can be interesting from the point of view of what to carry around when you don’t want the whole shooting match. And, as a bit of a geek, I also quite like looking at some of the innovations that appear in mid-range compacts, such as when face recognition first came on the scene.

So when I was offered the Ricoh GR Digital III to review, I confess I wasn’t particularly bothered. I mean, Ricoh only makes cheap photocopiers, right? (Oops!)

Still, at the time the camera was being offered, we had been running this post about whether there is such a thing as a “professional” compact and it had gained a bit of interest, so I thought “well, why not?”. A few days pass and I’m unpacking the review model, along with a wide angle attachment (which confused me at first, but I’ll come back to that).
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Ricoh Announces the CX3 (Press Release)

Ricoh CX3 28-300 mm High-Magnification Wide-Angle Digital Camera with a Back-Illuminated CMOS Image Sensor for Greater Sensitivity

Tokyo, Japan, February 3, 2010—Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president and CEO: Shiro Kondo) today announced the development and release of the CX3, a new digital camera featuring a high magnification 10.7x (28-300 mm) optical wide-angle zoom lens, a back-illuminated CMOS sensor, and an enhanced noise reduction function.

With a back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a noise reduction function incorporating the algorithm used on the GR DIGITAL III (introduced August 2009), the new CX3 has dramatically improved image quality performance when shooting low-light scenes.

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