June 29, 2011: Ricoh takes its GXR interchangeable compact camera system one step further this month with the announcement of an M Lens Mount Unit to marry the system to Leica lenses.
Ricoh’s GXR system, on display at lst week’s Imaging & Entertainment show, uses a slide-in mount system to attach ‘units’ which integrate lens, image sensor and image processing engine.
The new lens mount is compatible with a range of M mount lenses including those produced by Leica (as well as Minolta, Carl Zeiss, Voitlander and Rollei). To do justice to sophisticated M-mount optic, the new unit features a 23.6 mm × 15.7mm (APS-C size), 12.9 megapixel CMOS sensor and a newly-developed focal plane shutter.
It is planned for a spring 2011 release with local pricing to be announced closer to release date.
Ricoh also showed mock-ups of several other non-camera units to expand the utility of the GXR system at the Imaging & Entertainment show, including a small printer and a mini-projectors, a GPS unit and a storage device.
Ricoh cameras are distributed in Australia by Tasco Sales. For enquiries phone 02 9938 3244 or visit www.ricohcameras.com.au
A brief but interesting demonstration of the GXR system on the Image & Entertainment show floor can be viewed here.