February 3, 2010: Ricoh has announced a forthcoming Leica M-mount version of its unique GXR slide-mount interchangeable compact camera system.
The new module combines a 12.9-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with the Leica ‘M’ mount, which opens up the GXR system for ‘retrofitting’ with Leica rangefinder manual-focus lenses. The GXR system currently comprises four lens/sensor alternatives. This is a somewhat daring development by Ricoh, which expands the GXR options exponentially, and aligns (literally!) the Ricoh system with some of the world’s most desirable lenses.
The GXR uses a slide-in mount system to attach units which integrate lens, image sensor and image processing engine. The key advantage, according to Ricoh, is a more finely-tuned relationship between lens and sensor which delivers DSLR image quality.
Australian release is planned for spring 2011. Pricing to be confirmed closer to release date.