Ricoh GXR – Versatile compact camera system

by Enche Tjin on November 9, 2009

Ricoh GXR supposedly announced one or two days from now, but already leaked in major rumor websites: Photo rumors, 43 rumors and Youtube. The GXR is an unique compact camera system. It has interchangeable lens + sensor. So you can change the lens and sensor package.

Ricoh GRX : interchangeable compact camera system

Ricoh GRX : interchangeable compact camera system

According to the rumor, GXR will comes with 1 camera body plus two lens + sensor package:

1. Ricoh GXR body Price $349

2. Ricoh A12 12.3MP CMOS sensor & 50mm Macro Lens (HD Video) Price £600 $830

  • 50mm equivalent macro lens f/2.5
  • Red ring at front and GR lens logo on top of the barrel
  • High-class barrel and lens hood of allumunium alloy
  • Easy to use focus ring
  • On outside the ring, there is rubber material fit to the fingertip

3. Ricoh S10 10MP CCD sensor & 24-72mm Zoom Lens f/2.5-4.4 (5fps RAW, VGA video) Price £300 $400

  • High quality functional feels, match the body.
  • New enhanced self retaining lens cap
  • Wave-cut shape narrows space of cap portion
  • Smaller hinge gives more streamlined feels

4. Ricoh P10 10MP CMOS Backlit sensor 28-300 mm F3.5-5.6 VC Price $300

  • High quality backlit sensor suppress noise in high ISO sensitivities
  • Versatile wide to telephoto zoom lens
  • Small in size and low in price
  • 120 frame/second high speed shooting

5. Ricoh A12 28mm f/2.5 wide angle lens module with 12 MP resolution APS-C sensor

  • High quality wide angle prime lens
  • 4 frames per second continuous shooting speed
  • 16:9, 4:3, 3:2, and 1:1 options. [Aspect ratio setting]

6. Ricoh Live Viewfinder features

  • Shape gives a feeling of oneness with body
  • Round eye cup design easy to fit the eye
  • Eye cup uses a flexible elastomer for a good fit
  • Diopter adjustment dial has a “click feel” for easy use
  • Non-slip material to prevent dropping the viewfinder

This will be the first compact camera with interchangeable  lens and sensor in the world.

ricoh-gxr-system

In my opinion, this system is very versatile. It could be a regular compact camera if you plug in the 24-72mm and compact sensor, but it could be 50mm crop sensor camera (quality as good as DSLR camera). I believe there will be more lens+sensor cartridges in the future.

But unfortunately, because of the price, this camera system will not be for everyone.

Source: 43 Rumors, Photo Rumors

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