Ricoh launches standard zoom GXR module with 16MP APS-C sensor

Feb 2, 2012 at 06:00 GMT

Ricoh has released a 24-85mm equival ent F3.5-5.5 zoom module with a 16MP APS-C sensor for its GXR system. The latest camera unit offers a flexible focal length range that starts slightly wider than the average kit zoom, without making the camera excessively large. It's the first GXR module to be built around a 16MP sensor. Announced back in November, it is the first zoom module for the system to offer APS-C image quality. If our suspicions are correct and it uses the excellent Sony 16MP sensor, this promises a lot both in terms of image quality and focus speed (the faster readout of the sensor helps contrast-detection systems to more quickly ascertain correct focus).

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Ricoh announces RICOH LENS A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5

Tokyo, Japan, February 2, 2012—Ricoh Co., Ltd. today announced the development and release of RICOH LENS A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5, the fifth camera unit in the GXR interchangeable unit camera system.

First introduced in December 2009, the GXR is a revolutionary 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.

The new RICOH LENS A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 brings together a newly developed 24-85 mm wide-angle zoom lens, an APS-C size CMOS sensor, and the proven Smooth Imaging Engine IV to create a unit with high image quality, high power of expression, and high flexibility.

Main features of RICOH LENS A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5

1 Newly developed 24-85 mm wide-angle zoom lens with an APS-C size CMOS sensor with approximately 16.20 million pixels

2 Diverse shooting functions and high operability

3 Highly precise focusing

4 The power of expression that is a hallmark of the GXR series

* Note: When shooting movies of 1280×720 size, the use of an SD/SDHC memory card with an SD speed class of Class 6 or higher is recommended.

5 New options added

RICOH LENS A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 options

 Product  Model
 Lens Hood   LH-2
 Self-retaining Lens Cap  LC-3
 Wrapping Sheet  WS-1

Ricoh GXR A16 24-85 specifications

Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution4928 x 3264
Other resolutions4352 x 3264, 4928 x 2768, 3456 x 1944, 3456 x 2304, 3264 x 3264, 3072 x 2304, 2592 x 1944, 2304 x 2304, 2048 x 1536, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorSmooth Imaging Engine IV
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, Auto-Hi, ISO-Lo, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsNormal, Fine
File format
  • JPEG
  • RAW (DNG)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–85 mm
Optical zoom3.5×
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F5.5
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range25 cm (9.84)
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDNo
Screen size3
Screen dots920,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed180 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/3200 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Sports
  • Landscape
  • Nightscape
  • Skew correction
  • Miniaturize
  • High contrast B&W
  • Soft focus
  • Cross process
  • Toy camera
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive3 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images) )
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±4 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Storage typesSD/SDHC, Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini HDMI Type C)
Remote controlYes
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion DB-90 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)400
Dimensions114 x 75 x 93 mm (4.49 x 2.95 x 3.66)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes

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