Ricoh today announced the RICOH LENS A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5, which is a newly developed unit for the company’s unique GXR interchangeable unit camera system. First launched in 2009, Ricoh explains the system as such: “the GXR is a revolutionary interchangeable unit camera system in which lenses can be changed by mounting camera units that integrate lens, image sensor, and image processing engine into a single unit.”
The newly developed 24-85mm wide angle zoom lens with an APS-C size 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor features nine rounded aperture blades so you can capture beautiful bokeh; an ISO bracketing function so you can shoot three simultaneous images with three different ISO sensitivities; and a feature that allows copyright information such as the photographer’s name to be entered and written to the image Exif data. More from Ricoh here.
Pentax today announced the K-01 interchangeable lens camera. Right off the bat it’s worth noting that unlike other manufacturers’ forays into the compact ICL system market (and there are now several, many of whom are years ahead of Pentax in this genre), the Pentax K-01 is compatible with Pentax K-mount lenses, which means that your arsenal of K-mount lenses won’t be rendered useless if you get into the new system. This feels like a classic Pentax move to me; they’ve always seemed most interested in offering loyal shooters the best ways in which to capture the world, frame by frame. That being said, the camera does come in a kit option with the new Pentax DA 40mm F/2.8 XS “unofficial” interchangeable standard lens, which Pentax claims is now the world’s thinnest interchangeable lens.
The K-01 also looks quite different than other cameras in its genre. Having been designed by acclaimed London-based designer, Marc Newson, it features an eye-catching pop of yellow on its bubbly little body. (If the bold yellow is too much for you, the camera also comes in black or white.) Pentax is calling the camera more than a photographer’s tool; it’s also a design object. And while this particular aesthetic might not be my favorite, the design junkie in me can definitely appreciate the collaboration.
But what matters most is the guts of the camera, because it needs to take inspiring photos, not just look interesting hanging from your neck. The K-01 features a 16-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor, a 3-inch 920K dot LCD display, an ISO range of 100-25600, and shoots full 1080p HD video.
The K-01 will be available in March for $749.95 (body only) or $899.95 (with DA 40mm XS).
The latest offering in Canon‘s prosumer PowerShot G series is the new G1 X. Announced today—the first official day of CES—the G1 X features a 1.5-inch 14.3-megapixel CMOS sensor (compared to the G12‘s 1/1.7-inch 10MP CCD sensor) as well as Canon’s DIGIC 5 image processor. It also boasts an ISO range of up to 12800 for low-light capture and an f/2.8-f/16 4x optical zoom lens. With a price tag of $800, the G1 X costs as much, if not more, than an entry-level Canon DSLR, which might turn off those photographers who are shopping around for a next level camera to step up their image quality and feature set from a compact point-and-shoot, especially if they’re looking to get into a system with interchangeable lenses. However, the Canon G series has for more than a decade now been a favorite everywhere camera for professional and enthusiast shutterbugs when they need to reach for a more portable option that will still make great images.
The Canon G1 X will be available for $799.99 in February.
Just ahead of CES, Nikon has unveiled its new big gun: the D4 DSLR. Featuring a 6.2-megapixel FX (full)-format CMOS sensor and an ISO range up to 204,800, the D4 is a professional grade low-light fighting machine. Notable upgrades to 2009′s D3S—in addition to the 7.3-micron pixels sensor and mega ISO range—include: a 3.2-inch 921K dot LCD screen; a time lapse shooting feature that combines a selected frame rate and shot interval in a dedicated time lapse photography menu with playback speeds from 24x to 36,000x; and full HD video recording (1080p at 30 or 24fps and 720p at 60 fps). Additionally, using B-Frame data compression allows you to record H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC format video for up to 20 minutes per clip.
The Nikon D4 will be available for $5999.95 in February and is compatible with all 50+ lenses in the NIKKOR optics system.
Just ahead of the madness that is soon to be CES, FujiFilm has made several new digital camera announcements. Most notable among them is the new 26x optical zoom X-S1. Featuring a 2/3-inch 12-megapixel EXR CMOS sensor, the superzoom camera has a bridge model body (styled after a DSLR) but is more compact and lightweight. As for the optics, the X-S1 boasts a new all glass FUJINON F2.8-5.6 lens and 26x optical zoom (24-624mm). The X-S1 also features a 1.4 million dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) and a 3.-inch titling LCD display with “Monitor Sunlight Mode” for shooting in bright sunlight. It also shoots in RAW, JPEG or RAW and JPEG simultaneously, and features an Auto ISO range of 100-3200 with manual control up to ISO 12800. The Fuji X-S1 will be available at the end of January for $799.95.
Additionally, FujiFilm has unveiled three new speedy S-series compact cameras: FinePix S4200, S4500 and SL300; two new FinePix T-Series ultra-compact long-zoom cameras: FinePix T400 and T350; FinePix HS30EXR and HS25EXR; the all new rugged and durable FinePix XP150, XP100 and XP50 for outdoor shooting; three easy-to-use point-and-shoots: JX580, JX500 and AX550; and three new additions to the high-end, compact long-zoom FinePix F-Series: F770EXR (with GPS), F750EXR and F660EXR.