Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1 superzoom
Ricoh has announced the Pentax XG-1 superzoom, featuring a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor and a 24-1248mm equivalent F2.8-5.6 zoom lens - a 52x optical zoom range. It offers full resolution burst shooting at 9 fps, with 60 and 30 fps modes at VGA and 4MP reduced resolutions, respectively. The XG-1 records HD video at 1080/30 fps, and it provides sensor-shift SR Shake Reduction to help keep things steady while using that long telephoto zoom.
Despite an equivalent focal range that's one of the biggest in its class, the XG-1 turns in some average hardware specifications, with a fixed 460k-dot 3.0-inch LCD and 200k-dot built-in electronic viewfinder. It uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery rated to 240 shots per charge. The Pentax XG-1 will be available in August 2014 for $399.95/£279.99.
Introducing the PENTAX XG-1: Bridge the gap with the latest digital camera
- 16MP CMOS sensor
- 52-times optical zoom lens with 24-mm ultra-wide-angle coverage to shoot a range of subjects
- Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor; top sensitivity of ISO 3200
- High-speed continuous shooting; up to 9 frames per second
- Reliable shake- reduction system for sharp, blur-free images
- Full HD-standard movie recording
The PENTAX XG-1 is a versatile, all-purpose bridge camera; perfect for beginners who are looking for a step up from a compact camera. The camera allows you to effortlessly capture a variety of images from friends and family to more specialist subjects including nature, pets, beautiful scenery and fast-action sports.
The XG-1 is deal if you’re looking for a camera to capture those all important moments when you’re out and about. This lightweight, compact camera has an easy-to-carry body with a design resembling PENTAX SLR cameras. It offers a host of outstanding basic features, including a powerful 52-times optical zoom lens, approximately 16.0 effective megapixels for high-resolution images, and a large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch LCD monitor.
For those who are less keen on carrying a bag of lenses ‘just in case’ this camera offers it all. Able to cover ultra-wide-angle (24mm) to super-telephoto (1.248mm) ranges, this all-in-one model performs superbly whatever the subject. If close up macro shots are more your thing, then you’ll love the 1cm Macro mode, which allows you to capture dramatic, eye-catching close-up images from a distance of just one centimetre. That’s perfect for capturing the detail of your favourite wildlife and flowers.
This digital bridge camera certainly packs a punch when it comes to high-speed continuous shooting, making sure you never miss a moment – even if it’s a moving subject. The PENTAX XG-1 offers standard continuous shooting mode with a maximum speed of 9 images per second. But if you prefer life in the fast lane this camera also offers a super-high-speed continuous shooting mode with a maximum speed of approximately 60 images per second* and a high-speed continuous shooting mode with a maximum speed of approximately 30 images per second**. Coupled with Auto Tracking AF function, it will keep your moving subject in focus, whether that’s a bird or a dirtbike – producing dramatic, perhaps even once-in-a-lifetime shots! Add to this the XG-1’s shake reduction system and you’ll be guaranteed a full set of sharply focused, blur-free pictures.
* In the super-high-speed continuous shooting mode, the image size is fixed at VGA format (640 X 480 pixels).
** In the high-speed continuous shooting mode, the image size is fixed at 4M (2304 X 1728 pixels).
And if a picture still doesn’t capture the full essence of your subject, switch your XG-1 into HD-standard movie recording, select your preferred choice of one of eight digital filters (including black & white and sepia), and sit back. You can playback your movies on the camera, or connect a micro-HDMI lead to watch on the big screen at home and share your adventures with friends and family.
If that wasn’t enough, the XG-1 also offers ten shooting modes including the hands-off Auto Picture, Scene (11 options), Program, Face Beautifier and Movie. Select digital filters such as black & white and fish-eye to extend the creativity of your shots. There’s even pet detection mode for automatic recognition of up 10 pet faces . The XG-1 is with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards so you can share your images and videos straight to your phone or tablet, and post them online before you get home.
Available: Mid-August 2014
Pentax XG-1 specifications
|Body type||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Max resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Other resolutions||3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 640 x 480, 4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080|
|Image ratio w:h||4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400,800, 1600, 3200|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||24–1248 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F2.8 - F5.6|
|Digital zoom||Yes (4x)|
|Normal focus range||60 cm (23.62″)|
|Macro focus range||1 cm (0.39″)|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Minimum shutter speed||4 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||6.00 m|
|Flash modes||Force Off, Flash Auto, Force Flash, Slow Sync., Slow Sync. + Red-Eye, Red-Eye Reduction|
|Continuous drive||9.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (120 fps)|
|Storage included||15.4 MB Internal|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Type D)|
|Battery description||Rechargeable lithium-ion LB-060|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||240|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||567 g (1.25 lb / 20.00 oz)|
|Dimensions||119 x 89 x 98 mm (4.69 x 3.5 x 3.84″)|