Ricoh GXR Mount A12

Ricoh GXR Mount A12

Ricoh GXR Mount A12

Ricoh has unveiled a new Leica-mount unit for its GXR system.  The unit is equipped with an APS-C format CMOS sensor and the Leica M-mount.

In addition to capturing 12MP still images, the new GXR Mount A12 unit records 720p HD video.

The Ricoh GXR Mount A12 should be available in September at an initial retail price of $649.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

Full details on the in the press release below. [Read more...]

Ricoh Buys Pentax

Hoya has announced that it will be selling Pentax’s camera business to Ricoh.  The deal should take effect on October 1, 2011 and is reported to be a $124 million selling price.

Interestingly, Ricoh has a history with the Pentax K-mount.  My first SLR was a Ricoh KR-Super II (shown above), which is a K-mount camera that was basically a Pentax K1000 knockoff.  Who knew that a couple of decades later Ricoh would acquire the K-mount system for its own? [Read more...]

Ricoh CX5 Announced

The Ricoh CX5 is a new point and shoot camera with a 10.7x optical zoom lens (28-300mm equivalent) and a 10MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor.  The CX5 sports a new hybrid AF system that Ricoh says reduces AF focusing times down to 0.2 seconds.  The hybrid AF system is made up of “a passive AF sensor that continuously measures the distance between the camera and subject using an area sensor together with Contrast AF (a system in which the imaging elements search for the peak location for contrast on the subject and focus on that location).”

The CX5 also offers a continuous shooting speed of 5fps at full resolution, a sensitivity range of ISO 100-3200, 720p HD video capture and a 3-inch LCD at 920k dot resolution.  No word yet on pricing or release date.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Firmware Friday: Sony A900/A850, Fuji HS10, Panasonic FZ100/FX700/FX75, Ricoh CX4

Camera    Firmware Update

Below you will find this week’s firmware updates.  Hit the manufacturer website links for more details and download instructions for the firmware.

Sony A900 / A850 version 2.0 – “You can release the shutter even when no lens is mounted on the camera (P/A/S/M and Auto mode). The range of the exposure compensation is expanded to ±5 EV (Before the update: ±3 EV). The following setting has been added to the continuous bracket and single bracket shooting functions: The exposure bracket can now be set in 3 EV increments and the camera shoots three images ([3.0 EV– +3.0 EV]). (Before the update: Up to 2.0 EV). The speed of autofocus has been improved. The improvement will be most noticeable when using a tele lens, however the effect is dependent on the shooting condition.” [Sony Website]

Fuji HS10 version 1.04 – “1. Custom white balance can be set correctly when an external flash is mounted. 2. On slide show mode, sound of movie recording data can be performed on the HDTV which is connected with the camera via HDMI interface.” [Fuji Website]

Panasonic FZ100 version 1.2 – “1. Image quality improvement of Motion Deblur in iA Mode 2. Performance improvement of autofocus in taking pictures while recording Motion Pictures” [Panasonic Website]

Panaonsic FX700 and FX75 version 1.1 – “1. Image quality improvement of Motion Deblur in iA Mode (FX70/ FX75/ FX700) 2. Performance improvement of autofocus in taking pictures while recording Motion Pictures (FX700)” [Panasonic Website]

Ricoh CX4 version 1.05 – “Modified the following phenomenon. 1. In the Night Landscape Multi-shot, when pressing the shutter release button half way, the camera shake warning symbol camera shake warning will not be displayed in the screen.” [Ricoh Website]

Ricoh CX4 Announced

Ricoh has announced the CX4 compact camera, which features a 10MP CMOS sensor, 10.7x optical zoom (28-300mm equivalent), and the ability to capture 720p HD video.  The Ricoh CX4 also offers a high resolution 920k dot 3-inch LCD and sensor-shift image stabilization.

The Ricoh CX4 should be available in September at an initial retail price of $399.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]