New Ricoh GXR camera unit with 3.5x zoom lens revealed

Compact system cameras: Ricoh GXR

Ricoh has unveiled the fifth camera unit in its Ricoh GXR interchangeable unit camera system with the launch of RICOH LENS A16.

The RICOH LENS A16 boasts a 24-85mm f/3.5-5.5, 3.5x optical zoom lens and a large APS-C size CMOS sensor.

First introduced in December 2009, the Ricoh GXR is an 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 RICOH A16 lens features a 9-group, 11-element configuration that uses three double-sided aspherical lenses as well as high-refraction lenses to reduce distortion across the zoom range.

The configuration of nine rounded aperture blades also allows photographers to achieve both highly precise aperture settings and beautiful bokeh, Ricoh says.

The new Ricoh GXR camera unit features a 23.6 mm×15.7 mm (APS-C size) 16M CMOS sensor which, in combination with the image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine IV, makes it possible to shoot high-quality images with smooth tonal gradations, as well as low noise and high-resolution, the company claims.

Other features include an image flag function to enable the quick display of specific images from among those in the camera. Up to 20 images can be flagged.
It is also possible to shoot 1280 × 720p HD movies on the new Ricoh GXR unit.

The RICOH LENS A16 comes with a lens hood, lens cap and wrapping sheet, and will be priced £449.99. A kit will also be available for £599.99 which will include the GXR body and the new lens.