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Ricoh’s New Zoom Module Lets the GXR Compete With Big Boy DSLRs

By // November 30, 2011 // Posted in Cameras & Lenses, Gear & Equipment

The beauty of Ricoh’s GXR modular camera system is that you’re not stuck with the same sensor for the life of the camera. And starting next year, the company will introduce a new 16MP zoom option with an APS-C sensor.

The module pairs an f3.5-5.5, 24-85mm zoom lens with the sensor that’s larger than those found in the popular Micro Four Thirds cameras, allowing it to compete with DSLRs when it comes to image quality. The new module was originally supposed to be released by the end of this year, but its 16MP sensor is manufactured by Sony, who’ve seen production delays after the floods in Thailand. So it will instead be officially announced on January 5th, with sales starting a few weeks later on January 20th. And since it will be on display at CES in-between those dates, we’ll hopefully have a chance to get some time with it. [Ricoh via Impress Watch via The Verge]

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Jacqueline Tobin

Jacqueline Tobin

Jacqueline Tobin is the Editor-in-Chief of Rangefinder magazine and the author of Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight From 20 Top Photographers (Amphoto Books, 2009); and The Luminous Portrait (Amphoto Books, 2012). The second-generation native New Yorker cherishes her Sunday mornings hunkered down with The New York Times, fresh bagels and a great cup of coffee.

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