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Ricoh GXR S10, an interchangeable lens camera

Ricoh GXR S10 is an interchangeable lens and sensor unit camera with 10 Mega pixel of resolution. It has a body part that takes care of image processing and operation, and a lens unit part that takes care of image quality, raw file processing, stabilization and performance. The GXR S10 lens unit has shutter, raw buffer, lens, AD conversion, AF motor, Aperture and sensor, while its body part consists of menu, controls, live view, playback functions, display, memory SD card and external I/O interfaces.

GXR S10 has 24-72mm zoom lens and since unit is interchangeable, lens and sensor can be changed as per requirement. There could be smaller sensor for small zoom applications or video optimized elements for special applications. It is also possible to use different lenses and sensors with differing technologies and sizes. Camera is relatively smaller than DSLR cameras but produces the same image quality and better portability.

S10 is an easy to use, all black colored camera with aperture range of f/2.5 to f/4.4, external viewfinder and inbuilt flash. It provides full user friendly controls to photographer and has extensive range of customized functions. Magnesium alloy material used in the body makes this camera compact and well built. S10 lens mount is flat sliding and the camera weighs about 423 Kg with all the units fitted except battery.

Ricoh GXR S10 has high resolution, 3'' 920K LCD display with scratch free coating that makes viewing experience fantastic. Camera response time is fast with start up time of 1.5 seconds. It also has multi Auto focus system with nine focus points, spot AF, manual focus, twenty controls, metering modes like snap mode and infinity. For better grip at front, there is a rubberized large hand grip.

Formats supported by this camera are normal JPEG and RAW Adobe's DNG format. It is possible to manage the captured data by resizing or trimming or protecting the images. Camera also allows viewing thumbnails, slide shows and scrolling through the images. With four external controls like mode dial and Adj. dial, one can choose the shooting mode and customize settings like white balance, quality, AF target and speed.

Other features in S10 are “Direct” button for graphical settings presentation, “My settings” mode for saving customized selections, full press snap, electronic lever for level shots and multi auto white balance for mixed lighting situations. Though Ricoh GXR S10 is not fully dust proof, it has mechanism in place to attract less dust. With impressive results, both indoors and outdoors, It is a creative, customizable camera with exclusive interchangeable lens unit that makes it stand in the crowd, tagged at about $540 for body and $450 for lens unit.

Sat, 26 Dec 2009 09:39:24 +0000

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