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Ricoh GXR

Ricoh announces development of expansion unit for the GXR interchangeable unit camera system, Ricoh GXR will swap out lenses with Leica M mount and make Micro Four Thirds mildly jealous…….

Ricoh Co. Ltd. announced the development of expansion unit for the GXR interchangeable unit camera system which went on sale on December 18, 2009.Ricoh GXR is a revolutionary new interchangeable unit camera system in which lenses can be changed by mounting camera units that integrate lens, image sensor and image processing engine into a single unit. GXR line will expand to include a variety of devices through the addition of interchangeable units other than camera units.GXR line now includes four camera units, but the newly developed unit being announced here is an expansion unit.

The lens mount unit is being designed to make the best use of the optical characteristics of the lenses mounted. It will have as its image sensor a 23.6 mm × 15.7 mm (APS-C size; total pixels: approx. 12.90 million) CMOS sensor and it will also feature a newly developed focal plane shutter.The release is planned for the autumn of 2011.There are plans to display a design mock-up of the GXR lens mount unit at the CP+ CAMERA & PHOTO IMAGING SHOW to be held from February 9 (Wed.) to 12 (Sat.) at Pacifico Yokohama.
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