World’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera from Ricoh

Ricoh Australia has just announced what it is calling a ‘world first design’ with its new GXR camera. The new model is the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera on the market.

According to the news just released from Japan, the new GXR features a world’s first design, where the lens, image sensor and image processing engine are integrated into the camera units so the body itself does not contain an image sensor.

The new model is a evolution of the award winning GR Digital and GX Compact digital cameras and provides photographers with the initial choice of two camera units.

“The first is an acclaimed GR prime lens coupled with a 12 megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor and GR Engine III, ideal for portrait and macro photography,” said the company in a statement.

“The second, a 3x wide-angle zoom Ricoh lens matched with a high performance 10 megapixel CCD sensor and Smooth Imaging Engine IV, perfect for a diverse range of scenes including wide landscapes and snap shooting.”

According to Ricoh a third camera unit featuring a high magnification zoom telephoto lens will be released in early 2010.

The new GXR camera from Ricoh will be available from 5 December 2009 and will be sold exclusively through the Ricoh Pro G Dealer Network.

The pricing (indicative only) for the GXR camera body is $600 + GST, the GR Lens camera unit is $1,100 + GST and the Ricoh Lens camera unit is $600 + GST.

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