Below you will find this week’s firmware updates. Hit the manufacturer website links for more details and download instructions for the firmware. [Read more…]
Ricoh’s president was recently quoted saying that “Ricoh will offer characteristic compact cameras under its own label, while trying to bring the Pentax brand on par with Nikon Corp. and Canon Inc. in interchangeable-lens cameras.” While we have no specs or details on what the camera will be like, the source article notes that it would not necessarily be an expansion of the recently-announced Pentax Q system, but rather a more prosumer offering with a larger image sensor.
Of course, the Pentax reference comes from recent news that Ricoh is acquiring the company, effective October 1.
Ricoh has unveiled its GR Digital IV, which features a 10MP and a 28mm f/1.9 fixed lens. The Ricoh GR Digital IV adds sensor-shift image stabilization over its predecessor, the GR Digital III.
Additional features include a 3-inch 1.23 million dot resolution LCD, an improved image processor and quicker autofocus. A special edition, white model will be available in a total of 10,000 units.
No word yet on price or release dates. Check availability on Amazon.com.
More details and images below. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
The Ricoh PX is a new compact camera that sports a 16MP image sensor, a 5x optical zoom (28-140mm equivalent) and a 2.7-inch LCD. [Read more…]
Ricoh has announced that it will offer a Leica lens mount unit for the Ricoh GXR system. The new unit will include an APS-C format 12.9MP CMOS sensor and will feature a newly-developed focal plane shutter. The Leica GXR lens unit is set to be released Fall 2011. No word yet on price.