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Ricoh GXR


$550.00 Released November, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:High resolution 3" display (920k pizel). Interchangable lens. Captures video in 720p high definition.

The Cons:Sensor / shutter is built into the lens units - high price, huge range of functionality/quality. Would be cooler if sensors and lenses could be swapped independently.

The Ricoh GXR is a 12.3MP interchangeable-lens lightweight digital camera that trades in its competitors’ Micro Four Thirds system (Olympus E-P1, Panasonic GF1) in favor of Ricoh’s proprietary GXR system consisting of body and camera units.

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The camera unit consists of a lens, image sensor, and image processor encapsulated inside a sealed casing, which prohibits unwanted particles like dust from getting inside. The body is built from magnesium alloy and includes the control scheme with an ergonomic design. This allows users to interchange lens by simply attaching the camera unit to the body unit via a slide-in mount system. Included also on the body are a built-in flash, an accessory port for mounting an optional electronic viewfinder, and even an Auto-Focus assist. The beauty of the system is that as better quality lens / image sensors are manufactured, you need only replace the camera unit — and can reuse the body for as long as you desire.

Features

  • Lightweight Digital Camera
  • GXR Interchangeable Lens System
  • Camera Unit (Lens, Sensor, Processor)
  • Body Unit (Control Scheme)
  • Ergonomic Design
  • Built-in Flash
  • Accessory Port
  • Optional EV
  • Auto-Focus Assist
  • 720p Video Capture
  • HD Still Capture
  • SD/SDHC Expansion
  • HDMI Interface

Specifications

  • Effective Pixels: 12.3 million
  • Zoom: 4.0x digital
  • ISO: AUTO, 200-3200
  • Internal Memory: 86MB
  • External Memory: SD/SDHC
  • File Formats: JPEG, AVI
  • Image Size (Photo): Up to 4288x2416
  • Image Size (Movies): Up to 1280x720
  • Battery: DB-90 Rechargeable (320 shots)

Interface

  • USB 2.0 Mini-B
  • AV Output (NTSC)
  • HDMI Connector (Type C) 

Available Camera Units

  • GR LENS A12 50mm F2.5 Macro | 12.3MP, 50mm Fixed Focal Length, CMOS 23.6x15.7mm, GR Engine III, 1/2x Macro | $440.00
  • Ricoh Lens S10 24-72mm F2.5-4.4 VC | 10MP, Wide-Angle 24-72mm, CCD 1/1.7", Smooth Imaging Engine IV, 1cm Macro | $830.00

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    high resolution 3" display (920k pizel)

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    interchangable lens

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    captures video in 720p high definition

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    HDMI output

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    stores images on easy to find, affordable and capacious SD/SDHC flash cards

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    hotshoe for external flash or digital optical viewfinder

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    built-in flash

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    fairly affordable price

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    quite compact and lightweight

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    quality build

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    potential for a projector module

Cons
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    sensor / shutter is built into the lens units - high price, huge range of functionality/quality

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    would be cooler if sensors and lenses could be swapped independently

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