I know, it is just a tool. And no, the eye is you and definitely not the camera. It is all within you. Yet, the new Ricoh GR gets me pretty excited. It looks like a worthy follow up for the previous generations of the GR Digital. Check here (English) or here (German) for more info. More to come soon….
Don’t let the tool become the main object of your photography though. Vision is not about what camera you use, but something within you and worth to find.
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma
Many thanks to Which? Reviews
for sharing the first impression of Ricoh’s latest camera which was announced Tuesday, November 10.
The camera will come with two lenses at first. A 24-72mm f/2.5-4.4 lens with a 10 megapixel CCD sensor which could well be the same small sensor as used for the GR Digital III. And there will be 50mm f/2.5 macro lens with a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor.
Update, 10 November 2009
The word is out. The new Ricoh GXR is there and dpreview has their preview of this camera just posted.
And Ricoh posted all the product info, including some impressive samples on their website. There is more at the special Japanese GXR special page. And Amazon.com are already taking pre-orders for this camera.
My first impressions are that it is pricey, and I am not really enthusiastic about the little zoom lens with the small CCD sensor which makes it a quite expensive GX200 in my opinion. Even though the 50mm macro lens isn’t the fastest lens around I am already impressed with some of the posted samples taken with that lens unit. And I could get more excited about this system if Ricoh actually plan to produce a cartridge with a M-mount. According to an interview by Amateur Photographer Ricoh is certainly interested in such possibility.
Although the official announcement of the new Olympus E-P1 will be tomorrow afternoon, June 16th in Tokyo, images and specs have appeared all over the net. The camera will come with a 12.3 mp livemos sensor and a 3″ LCD screen with 230,000 pixels. In auto mode the ISO range will be from 200 to 3200 and in manual mode from 100 to 6400. The first sample images can be seen here.
The camera will have the following file formats: 12 bit RAW, jpeg, RAW + jpeg, and AVI motion jpeg. Both sRGB and AdobeRGB are available as color spaces. The camera will be able to capture a maximum of 10 RAW photographs in a burst. It can capture images in the image ratios 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, and 6:6. And when you shoot in RAW the image ratio will recorded in the EXIF data. The first lenses to be released will be a 14-42mm f/3.5-f/5.6 zoom lens and a 17mm f/2.8 prime lens.
The camera will also have a 30 fps 720p HD movie mode. Recording will be on SD and SDHC cards with a maximum duration of 7 minutes in HD mode and 14 minutes in SD mode.
Update June 16, 2009:
The camera is now officially announced. For more news about the E-P1 see the Olympus PEN site and the hands-on preview at dpreview.com.