Ricoh has announced that it will pair a zoom lens and a
large senor in one unit as part of its update to its GXR modular camera system.
Unlike the Olympus,
Pentax, Panasonic, Sony and Nikon, Ricoh’s implementation of a compact system camera
sees the lens and sensor paired in one camera unit. The latest unit will be an
APS zoom module which will feature a 16 megapixel Sony sensor and a 24-85mm
zoom with a f3.5/5.5 aperture.
The APS-C sensor is larger than the sensors seen in most of
the rival compact system cameras – although Sony does also use the APS-C sized
sensor in its NEX models. However this is the first time that Ricoh has paired such a sensor with a zoom lens, having previously been paired with prime lenses.
The new unit will be available in the early part of 2012
according to a roadmap published by Ricoh, with 20 January being the release
date according to Ricoh GR Diary.
We expect to see the new GXR module on show at CES next
January and we’ll be bringing you hands-on impressions direct from Las Vegas.