Ricoh GXR

There is no sensor in the body itself. The new model, which resembles the company’s GR Digital compact in size and styling, is easily the smallest digital camera in the world with interchangeable lenses.

At an exclusive launch in London, the GXR’s Product Manager Susumi Katagiri explained that Ricoh’s innovation ‘enables the three factors that determine image quality – the sensor, lens and processor – to always be perfectly matched for optimum results, or specific needs. It also means that the delicate rear element and sensor are not exposed, thus protecting them and preventing the possibility of dust getting onto the sensor.’

There is currently a choice of two lens units available: a 24-72mm (equivalent) f/2.5-4.4 VC 3x zoom lens, paired with a 10.4 megapixel CCD sensor with sensor-shift image stabilisation; and a fixed 33mm (50mm equivalent) f/2.5 macro lens paired with a 12.3MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor. A telephoto lens with a high speed CMOS sensor is due to be added next year, and other units are set to follow. Ricoh hinted that that the design offers diverse possibilities for the GXR that go beyond being just a camera.

The camera is built from tough die-cast magnesium with a corrosion resistant coating. It offers the full range of manual P,A,S,M control settings, in addition to five scene modes and movie mode (720p HD movies in the case of the macro lens unit).

Image viewing is via a high definition 3.0inch 920,000 dot LCD screen and a high resolution (920k dot) electronic viewfinder is also available, which fits into the hotshoe and has a hinged eyepiece that can be positioned vertically. The GXR has an internal flash which offers optional manual control, and is also compatible with the GF-1 accessory flashgun.

The system will be available from December.

Prices for the system are:
GXR Body: £419
50mm f/2.5 macro:£600
24-72mm f/2.8-4.4 zoom: £330
Electronic Viewfinder: £219
GF-1 Flashgun: £239

Ricoh GXR

  

Watch our exclusive hands-on preview video of the Ricoh GXR:

 

 

Ricoh GXR: Product Photos

Ricoh GXR

Above: Ricoh GXR with 33mm f/2.5 macro lens (with manual focus ring) with 12.3MP CMOS APS-C sized sensor

 

Ricoh GXR

Above: Ricoh GXR with 24-72mm f/2.8-4.4 zoom with 10MP CCD

Ricoh GXR body

 

 Above: Ricoh GXR body

Ricoh GXR

Above: Ricoh GXR ‘camera units’ housing lens, sensor and processor

Ricoh GXR back

Above: Ricoh GXR back view

 

Ricoh GXR

 

Above: Ricoh GXR side view, with the zoom lens (left) and macro lens (right)

 

Ricoh GXR

 Above: Ricoh GXR optional electronic viewfinder

 

 Ricoh GXR accessories

 Above: Ricoh GXR accessories

 

Ricoh GXR

Above: Ricoh GXR is also compatible with the TC1 telephoto and DW6 wideangle adaptors

 

Ricoh GXR

Above: Illustration of the shallow depth of field possible with the GXR 33mm macro lens (shot at 1/125sec, f/2.5, ISO 200)

Ricoh GXR: Press Release

Ricoh announces the GXR interchangeable unit camera system

 Tokyo, Japan, November 10, 2009

Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president and CEO: Shiro Kondo) today announced the development and release of the GXR interchangeable unit camera system featuring the world’s smallest and lightest* digital camera with the ability to change lenses.

The new GXR is an interchangeable unit camera system in which lenses are changed by using a slide-in mount system to attach camera units to the body. The lens, image sensor, and image processing engine are integrated into the camera units so the body itself does not contain an image sensor.

With world-leading small size and low weight* enabling easy carrying, the GXR interchangeable unit camera system features a highly rigid magnesium alloy body and multiple camera units that can be changed to best fit the scene to be photographed. You can enjoy easy lens changes as well as amazing image quality and shooting flexibility. Concealing infinite possibilities in its small body, the GXR is a revolutionary camera system that pioneers a new realm of photography.

Distinctive characteristics
1.    Lens, image sensor, and image processing engine comprise an integrated unit which can be changed to match the scene being photographed.
2.    World’s smallest and lightest* digital camera with interchangeable lenses
3.    System potential expanded through use of interchangeable units

*Internal flash, interchangeable lens digital cameras with lens attached.
As of November 10, 2009, Ricoh research.

Main features of the new GXR

1. Ideal form for an interchangeable lens camera:The interchangeable unit camera system
・By integrating lens, image sensor, and image processing engine into a single optimized unit, we were able to created a compact camera with interchangeable lenses.
・The adoption of this new system has made it possible to achieve both “pocket size for go-anywhere portability” and “the highest image quality for every photographic situation and subject.”
・Since the image sensor is not exposed when lenses are changed, the camera’s structure makes it inherently difficult for dirt and dust to get inside.
・Putting image processing engines in both the body and the camera units, our focus was on achieving the highest image quality.

2. Elegant design
・For the exterior, we utilized die cast magnesium, which has a strong track record in the GR series, and we covered the surface with a corrosion-resistant “pear-skin” coating. The end result is a body with superior levels of durability, light weight, and feel in hand.
・Building on the operation control designs of the GR series and GX series, the GXR has several types of customizable buttons as well as the new DIRECT button, which the photographer can use to see many current settings at a glance. Sophisticated shooting settings can now be made faster than ever before.
・The directional pad, the three My Settings, the ADJ.lever, and the function buttons all contribute to the even greater operability achieved by the GXR.
・The grip form allows the GXR to be firmly held despite its small size, and the suitably yielding rubber material on the grip surface enables the camera to feel like an integral part of the hand.

3. Even greater power of expression

・The automatic exposure modes include program shift mode, shutter priority mode, and aperture priority mode.
・Picture settings can be customized with nine setting levels for easy creation of a diverse  range of images.
  ・ISO3200 facilitates shooting in low light conditions.

4. Enhanced rapid shooting capabilities help capture fleeting shutter chances

・The Pre-AF function accelerates focusing speed by adjusting the focus to match subject movement.
・The full press snap function shoots at a preset distance for a one-push full-press of the shutter-release button.
・When shooting subjects up close, the camera automatically switches to macro mode so macro photography can now be enjoyed without having to worry about switching modes.(Auto macro setting)
5. High-definition 3.0-inch 920,000-dot VGA LCD picture display
・The high-resolution LCD picture display provides a wide viewing angle and high contrast. The screen has a fluorine coat to prevent soiling, a hard coat to prevent scratches, and an anti-reflection coat to give excellent visibility even outdoors in bright sunshine.
・With 100% sRGB coverage for color reproduction, the picture display vividly reproduces image colors.

6. Wide range of functions
・Tilt indicator utilizing an acceleration sensor.
・Three grid guides useful for framing images while shooting.
・Image flag function to enable the quick display of specific images from among those in the camera. Up to 20 images can be flagged.
・The new DIRECT screen enabling current settings to be displayed and changed.

7. Features of the GR LENS A12 50 mm F2.5 MACRO camera unit
 ・This camera unit uses a 23.6 mm×15.7 mm (APS-C size) CMOS sensor with approximately 12.30 megapixels. In combination with image processing engine GR ENGINE III, it achieves high-image-quality photography with high definition, low noise, and smooth tonal gradations.
・A newly developed GR LENS with an 8-group, 9-element configuration (aspherical lens: 1 element, two surfaces) is featured. Representing a further advancement in the GR tradition of high image quality, the lens thoroughly corrects for various types of aberrations. Despite the compact size, it is also a full-fledged macro lens with a floating lens structure. At shooting distances from infinity down to the 1/2x maximum magnification macro range, it achieves strong imaging power all the way to the edge of the frame. In addition, the low level of vignetting means that the photographer can enjoy rich and genuine bokeh effects.
・The manual focus ring is perfect for use in macro photography as it makes highly precise focusing possible. It can also be used to make fine manual adjustments to the focus after autofocus is done.

8. Features of the RICOH LENS S10 24-72 mm F2.5-4.4 VC camera unit
・This camera unit uses a 10.00 megapixel 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor boasting high-sensitivity capabilities enhanced through the adoption of an new process. In combination with advanced image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine IV, it achieves high-image-quality photography with high definition and low noise.
・The lens is a 24 mm to 72 mm high-performance 3x wide-angle zoom with superior usability. Utilizing a 7-group, 11-element configuration (aspherical lens: 4 elements, 4 surfaces) that includes special low-dispersion lenses, this lens achieves high dimensions of both compactness and imaging power.
・A camera shake correction function (image-sensor-shift type) is used to reduce hand- motion blur.
・The self-retaining lens cap has been a popular GX series option, and a GXR version is available as option LC-2.
9. New options enhance series expandability
・Two soft cases, one for each camera unit.
・The GXR can use the GR DIGITAL III external flash (GF-1), which can do TTL flash using auxiliary flash.
・Convenient for shooting in bright outdoor situations, the newly developed 920,000-dot- equivalent high-definition LCD viewfinder is removable and can be tilted up to 90 degrees. With a 100% field of view, it displays information in the same way as the picture display, thus enabling the photographer to shoot in a film camera style.

10. Functions expanded using firmware
・Function-enhancing firmware releases for the GR DIGITAL series have proved very popular, and this practice will be continued for the GXR. By updating their firmware, GXR owners will be able to use the latest functions.

GXR Options

Product/Model
Hood & Adapter *1, *4    HA-3
Wide Conversion Lens *2, *4, DW-6
Teleconversion Lens *2, *4,  TC-1
External TTL Flash *1, GF-1
LCD Viewfinder *1    VF-2
Cable Switch  CA-1
Soft Case SC-55S *1, *4   
Soft Case  SC-55L *1, *3  
Neck Strap  ST-3  *1  
Self-retaining Lens Cap   LC-2  *1, *4 
AC Adapter  AC-5  *1   
Rechargeable Battery  DB-90 *1  
Battery Charger  BJ-9 *1 
   
*1 Newly introduced options.
*2 Hood & adapter required when using the conversion lenses.
*3 For use with GR LENS A12 50 mm F2.5 MACRO
*4 For use with RICOH LENS S10 24-72 mm F2.5-4.4 VC
*All of the focal lengths in this release are converted to the equivalent values for a 35 mm film camera.

 
GXR – Major Specifications

Flash:
Mode: Auto (flash fires when lighting is poor or subject is backlit), red-eye, on, slow sync, manual, off
Range (built-in flash): Refer to camera unit specifications.
Flash compensation: ±2.0 EV in increments of 1/2EV or 1/3EV
Manual flash amount: FULL, 1/1.4, 1/2, 1/2.8, 1/4, 1/5.6, 1/8, 1/11, 1/16, 1/22, 1/32, 1/64

Picture display:
3.0˝ transparent LCD; approx. 920,000 pixels

Shooting mode:
Auto, program shift, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, scene (movie, portrait, sports, landscape, nightscape, skew correction) My Settings”

Picture quality:
Fine, Normal, RAW (DNG) *1

Storage:
SD/SDHC memory card, internal memory (approx. 86 MB)

File size:
Refer to camera unit specifications.

File format:
Photographs: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.21) *2, RAW (DNG)
Movies: AVI *3 (Open DML Motion JPEG compliant)
Compression: JPEG baseline compliant (photographs and movies)

Other shooting options
Continuous shooting (continuous, M-Cont Plus);
self-timer (shutter release delay of approx. 10 s or 2 s, or custom setting); interval timer (intervals of 5 s to 1 hour in increments of 5 s) *4; color bracketing; B&W (TE); color space selection; noise reduction; histogram display; framing grid; depth-of-field indicator; tilt indicator; hot shoe
 
Other playback options:
Auto image rotation (when camera unit attached); multi-frame playback; playback zoom (up to 16 ×); resize

Interface:
USB 2.0 (High-Speed) Mini-B connector; Mass Storage *5; AV output (NTSC), HDMI connector (Mini HDMI Type C)

Video signal format:
NTSC, PAL

Power source:
DB-90 rechargeable battery (3.6V), AC adapter (AC-5 option; 3.8V)

Battery life:
Refer to camera unit specifications.

Dimensions (W × H × D):
113.9 mm × 70.2 mm × 28.9 mm (excluding projections)

Weight:
Camera body (excluding battery, memory card, neck strap, and connector cap): 160 g
Battery, neck strap, and connector cap: 66 g

Tripod screw hole:
1/4-20UNC

Operating temperature:
0 °C to 40 °C

Date storage time
Approx. 1 week

Operating humidity:
85% or less

Storage temperature:
-20 °C to 60 °C

*1 A JPEG file is also recorded (the JPEG file may be a fine or normal quality file with the same dimensions as the RAW file or a VGA file). RAW files use the standard DNG format promoted by Adobe Systems Incorporated
*2 Compatible with the Design rule for Camera File system (DCF, a JEITA standard) and DPOF. Full compatibility with other devices is not guaranteed.
*3 Audio: PCM 32 kHz, 16 bit monaural
*4 Flash off.
*5 Mass Storage is supported under Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.4-10.5.7.

 
GR LENS A12 50 mm F2.5 MACRO – Major Specifications

Effective pixels:
Approximately 12.3 million

Image sensor:
23.6 mm × 15.7 mm CMOS (total pixels: approx. 12.9 million)

Lens:
Focal length: 33 mm (35 mm format equivalent: 50mm)
Aperture (f-number): f/2.5 – f/22
(ND filter used for apertures of f/22 in auto shooting mode)
Focus range (from lens): Normal shooting: Approx. 30 cm -infinity, Macro shooting: Approx. 7 cm – infinity (maximum magnification 1/2x)

Construction:
9 elements in 8 groups (1 aspherical lens element with 2 surfaces)

Zoom:
4.0× digital zoom (3.6x for movies), 5.9× auto resize zoom (VGA)

Focus mode:
Contrast AF-based multi and spot AF; MF; Snap; infinity (focus lock and AF-assist)

Shutter speed:
Photographs: 180 – 1/3200 s (upper and lower limits vary according to shooting and flash mode) / Movies: 1/30 – 1/2000 s

Exposure control:
Metering: TTL-CCD metering in multi (256-segment), center-weighted, and spot modes with autoexposure lock
Mode: Program AE, aperture priority AE, manual exposure, shutter priority AE, move target function
Exposure Compensation: Manual (+4.0 to -4.0 EV in increments 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV), auto bracketing (-2 EV to +2 EV in increments 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV)

ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity):
AUTO, AUTO-HI, ISO200/ISO400/ISO800/ISO1600/ISO3200

White balance:
Auto / Multi-P AUTO / Outdoors / Cloudy / Incandescent Lamp / Fluorescent Lamp / Manual Settings / Detail; white balance Bracketing

Flash:
Range (built-in flash): Approx. 20 cm – 3.0 m (ISO auto)

Shooting mode:
Auto / program shift / aperture priority / shutter priority / manual /scene (movie, portrait, sports, landscape, nightscape, skew correction) / “My Settings”

Continuous mode:
Number of pictures shot in Continuous (Picture Size: RAW):
Noise Reduction off or on (Weak): 4 pictures, Noise Reduction on (Strong): 3 pictures
Number of pictures shot in M-Cont Plus (1 set):
HI (1280 × 854): 30 pictures (24 Frames/Sec), LO (4228 × 2848): 15 pictures (3 Frames/Sec)

Picture quality*1:
FINE, NORMAL, RAW (DNG)*2

Image size (pixels):
Photographs: 16:9: 4288×2416, 3456×1944(16:9)/
4:3:3776×2832, 3072×2304, 2592×1944, 2048×1536, 1280×960, 640×480/
3:2: 4288×2848, 3456×2304/
1:1: 2848×2848, 2304×2304/
Movies (24 Frames/Sec): 1280×720, 640 x 480,320 x 240

File size (approx.):
RAW:
16:9
NORMAL: 17,800 KB/frame, FINE: 19,515 KB/frame, VGA: 15,587 KB/frame

4:3
NORMAL: 18,387 KB/frame, FINE: 20,157 KB/frame, VGA: 16,124 KB/frame

3:2
NORMAL: 20,946 KB/frame, FINE: 22,967 KB/frame, VGA: 18,337 KB/frame

1:1
NORMAL: 13,991 KB/frame, FINE: 15,333 KB/frame, VGA: 12,273 KB/frame

L:
16:9
NORMAL: 2,222 KB/frame, FINE: 3,816 KB/frame

4:3
NORMAL: 2,315 KB/frame, FINE: 3,960 KB/frame

3:2
NORMAL: 2,615 KB/frame, FINE: 4,493 KB/frame

1:1
NORMAL: 1,761 KB/frame, FINE: 3,009 KB/frame

M:
16:9
NORMAL: 1,475 KB/frame, FINE: 2,509 KB/frame

4:3
NORMAL: 1,574 KB/frame, FINE: 2,662 KB/frame

3:2
NORMAL: 1,744 KB/frame, FINE: 2,968 KB/frame

1:1
NORMAL: 1,186 KB/frame, FINE: 2,003 KB/frame

5M:
4:3
FINE: 2,287 KB/frame

3M:
4:3
FINE: 1,474 KB/frame

1M:
4:3
FINE: 812 KB/frame

VGA:
4:3
FINE: 197 KB/frame

Battery life:
Based on CIPA standard, DB-90: approx. 320 shots *3

Dimensions (W × H × D):
Camera unit only:
68.7 mm × 57.9 mm × 71.3 mm (including the lens barrel; Excluding the connector)
When mounted on the camera body
113.9 mm × 70.2 mm × 77.1 mm (including the lens barrel)

Weight (approx.):
Camera unit only: 263 g (not including the lens cap or Connector cap)
When mounted on the camera body: 423 g (not including the Battery, memory card, neck strap, connector cap, or lens cap)

Operating temperature:
0 °C to 40 °C

Operating humidity:
85% or less

Storage temperature:
-20 °C to 60 °C
 
RICOH LENS S10 24-72 mm F2.5-4.4 VC – Major Specifications

Effective pixels:
Approximately 10.0 million

Image sensor:
1/1.7″ CCD (total pixels: approx. 10.4 million)

Lens:
Focal length: 5.1mm ~ 15.3mm (35 mm format equivalent: 24-72 mm)
Aperture (F-number): f/2.5 – f/4.4 (T) (wide-open f value)
Focus range (from the front of the lens): Normal shooting: Approx. 30 cm to infinity:
Macro shooting: Approx. 1 cm to infinity (wide angle);
Approx. 4 cm to infinity (telephoto); approx. 1 cm to infinity(zoom macro)
Construction: 11 elements in 7 groups (4 aspherical lens elements with 4 surfaces)

Zoom:
3.0 × optical zoom; 4.0 × digital zoom; approx. 5.7 × auto resize zoom (VGA)

Focus mode:
CCD-based multi and spot AF; MF; Snap; infinity (focus lock and AF-assist)

Camera shake correction function:
Image sensor shift method image stabilizer

Shutter speed:
Photographs: 180 – 1/2000 s (upper and lower limits vary according to shooting and flash mode)

Movies:
1/30 – 1/2000 s

Exposure control:
Metering:TTL-CCD metering in multi (256-segment), center-weighted, and spot modes with autoexposure lock
Mode:Program AE, aperture priority AE, manual exposure, shutter
priority AE, move target function
Exposure compensation:Manual (+4.0 to -4.0 EV in increments 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV), auto bracketing (-2 EV to +2 EV in increments 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV)

ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity):
Auto, Auto-Hi, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200

White balance:
Auto / Multi-P AUTO / Outdoors / Cloudy / Incandescent Lamp / Fluorescent Lamp / Manual Settings / Detail; white balance Bracketing

Flash:
Range (built-in flash): Approx. 20 cm – 4.5 m (wide-angle), Approx. 15 cm – 2.7 m (telephoto)

Shooting mode:
Auto / program shift / aperture priority / shutter priority / manual /scene (movie, portrait, sports, landscape, nightscape, skew correction, zoom macro) / “My Settings”

Continuous mode:
Number of pictures shot in Continuous (Picture Size: RAW); Noise Reduction off: 5 pictures (under ISO800), 4 pictures (ISO800 and higher); Noise Reduction on (Weak or Strong): 4 pictures
Number of pictures shot in M-Cont Plus (1 set):HI (640 × 480) : 30 pictures (30 Frames/Sec), LO (3648 × 2736) : 15 pictures (1.6 Frames/Sec)

Picture quality*1:
FINE, NORMAL, RAW (DNG) *2

Image size (pixels):
Photographs:
16:9
3648×2048、3264×1840

4:3
3648×2736、3264×2448、2592×1944, 2048×1536, 1280×960, 640×480

3:2
3648×2432、3648×2176

1:1
2736×2736、2448×2448

Movies (30 Frames/Sec)
640 x 480、320 x 240

File size (approx.):
RAW:
16:9
NORMAL: 12,923 KB/frame, FINE: 14,160 KB/frame,
VGA: 11,347 KB/frame

4:3
NORMAL: 17,202 KB/frame, FINE: 18,854 KB/frame,
VGA: 15,096 KB/frame

3:2
NORMAL: 15,311 KB/frame, FINE: 16,779 KB/frame,
VGA: 13,439 KB/frame

1:1
NORMAL: 12,956 KB/frame, FINE: 14,195 KB/frame,
VGA: 11,377 KB/frame

L:
16:9
NORMAL: 1,630 KB/frame, FINE: 2,779 KB/frame

4:3
NORMAL: 2,169 KB/frame, FINE: 3,704 KB/frame

3:2
NORMAL: 1,930 KB/frame, FINE: 3,295 KB/frame

1:1
NORMAL: 1,633 KB/frame, FINE: 2,784 KB/frame

M:
16:9
NORMAL: 1,329 KB/frame, FINE: 2,253 KB/frame

4:3
NORMAL: 1,761 KB/frame, FINE: 2,990 KB/frame

3:2
NORMAL: 1,567 KB/frame, FINE: 2,660 KB/frame

1:1
NORMAL: 1,327 KB/frame, FINE: 2,248 KB/frame

5M:
4:3
FINE: 2,287 KB/frame

3M
4:3
FINE: 1,474 KB/frame

1M:
4:3
FINE: 812 KB/frame

VGA:
4:3
FINE: 197 KB/frame

Battery life:
Based on CIPA standard DB-90: approx. 410 shots ) *3

Dimensions (W × H × D):
Camera unit only:
68.7 mm × 57.9 mm × 38.6 mm (excluding projections)
When mounted on the camera body:
113.9 mm × 70.2 mm × 44.4 mm (excluding projections)

Weight (approx.):
Camera unit only: 161 g (not including the lens cap or connector cap)
When mounted on the camera body: 325 g (not including the battery, memory card, neck strap, connector cap, or lens cap)

Operating temperature:
0 °C to 40 °C

Operating humidity:
85% or less

Storage temperature:
-20 °C to 60 °C

*1The picture quality modes which can be set vary depending on the image size.
*2A JPEG file is also recorded (the JPEG file may be a FINE- or NORMAL-quality file with the same dimensions as the RAW file or a VGA file 640 × 480 pixels in size). RAW files use the standard DNG format promoted by Adobe Systems Incorporated.
*3 For reference only; actual number of shots varies greatly according to how camera is used. We recommend that you carry spare batteries when in use for extended periods.
(Shooting capacity was measured using CIPA-standard parameters. These are only estimates; performance may vary depending on usage conditions.)

 

 

 

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Ricoh GXR: Product Photos
  3. 3. Ricoh GXR: Press Release
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  • Roy

    What a refreshing change – pity about the price, though!

  • Andrew Higgins

    Very clever camera design, precise engineering, and intriguing future possibilities. I’m a keen Ricoh user, but baulk somewhat at a compact that costs about the same as a Nikon D90.
    A dSLR and a digital compact are different ‘tools’ for different purposes of course, but the GXR will need to find very committed buyers at this price. Downscaling from Leica M9’s maybe?
    The hugely cheaper Ricoh GX100 or GX200 will suffice for many needing/wanting a high quality compact.