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Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1superzoom featuring a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor

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. The XG-1 features a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, which demonstrates remarkable high-sensitivity, low-noise characteristics and assures high-speed image data readout. Coupled with its top sensitivity of ISO 3200 and approximately 16.0 effective megapixels, it delivers super-high-resolution images. The XG-1’s electronic viewfinder comes in handy when shooting a subject placed against harsh backlight, or when the photographer needs a more solid grip of the camera.

Pentax_XG-1_52XIn addition to its extra-wide focal-length coverage — from 24mm ultra-wide angle to 1,248mm super telephoto (in the 35mm format) — Pentax XG-1 superzoom also features the 1cm Macro mode, which allows the photographer to capture dramatic, eye-catching close-up images from a distance of one centimeter. The XG-1’s advanced sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) system assures sharply focused, blur-free images even under demanding photographic conditions prone to camera shake.
Pentax_XG-1_backEquipped on the back of the XG-1’s body is a large, high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 460,000 dots. Its large screen provides a clear view of images and menus to not only assure a quick, effortless check of on-screen images, but also facilitate swift, error-free setting changes. The Pentax XG-1 superzoom features a Full HD movie recording function employing the H.264 recording format. The user can capture high-quality, extended movie clips (at a frame size of 1920 x 1080 pixels, in a 16:9 aspect ratio) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second.
Pentax_XG-1_operationUsing the i button, the user can instantly switch to one of eight digital filters (including black & white and sepia), even during recording. A micro-HDMI terminal (type D) is provided on the camera body for the output of recorded movies and sound to external audio-visual devices. XG-1 superzoom measures approx. 119 x 89 x 97.5 mm and weighs approx. 567g (loaded and ready).
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