Ricoh expanded its GXR system camera offerings with today’s announcement of the Ricoh P10 Lens Module. The P10 comprises a 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and a backlit 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor populated with 10 megapixels; it is the third module announced for the GXR system.
The new P10 has a 10.7x optical zoom lens with sensor-shift image stabilization. It has full manual controls, can shoot 5 RAW files per second, 720p HD movies, and has a “dynamic range double shot mode,” which snaps two shots and merges them to create one image with lots of detail in the highlights and shadows.
Ricoh calls its GXR system camera “the world's smallest and lightest digital camera with the ability to change lenses.” The compact GXR is trimmer than the competing Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Thirds digital interchangeable lens cameras.
The Ricoh GXR was announced in November 2009 and includes a camera body with controls and a 3-inch, 920,000-pixel LCD screen. The lens modules slide into the front of the camera body. Currently, there are two modules on the market besides the P10. The A12 50mm f/2.5 macro lens has a 23.6 x 15.7mm CMOS sensor with 12.3 megapixels. The S10 24-72mm f/2.5-4.4 has 10 megapixels, like the P10, but has a 1/1.7-inch CCD.