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. 

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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.

Price: £279.99
Available: Mid-August 2014

Pentax XG-1 specifications

Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 640 x 480, 4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080
Image ratio w:h4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400,800, 1600, 3200
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatNo
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–1248 mm
Optical zoom52×
Maximum apertureF2.8–5.6
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Normal focus range60 cm (23.62)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder resolution200,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto Mode
  • Program
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
  • Face Beautifier
  • Handheld Night
  • Movie
  • Scene
  • Custom
Scene modes
  • Pet Mode
  • Sunset
  • Fireworks
  • Multi Exposure
  • Sport
  • Night Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Portrait
  • Snow
  • Children
  • Party
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range6.00 m
External flashNo
Flash modesForce Off, Flash Auto, Force Flash, Slow Sync., Slow Sync. + Red-Eye, Red-Eye Reduction
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous Shot
  • Continuous Shot High Speed (VGA)
  • Continuous Shot Fast (4M)
  • Time-Lapse
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive9.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (120 fps)
FormatMotion JPEG
Storage typesSD/SDHC
Storage included15.4 MB Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Type D)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionRechargeable lithium-ion LB-060
Battery Life (CIPA)240
Weight (inc. batteries)567 g (1.25 lb / 20.00 oz)
Dimensions119 x 89 x 98 mm (4.69 x 3.5 x 3.84)
Other features
Timelapse recordingYes