Ricoh Imaging has released details of the new Pentax XG-1 compact camera, which features a 52x optical zoom lens and a back-illuminated CMOS sensor.


Front view of the new Pentax XG-1. (Source: Ricoh Imaging.)

Designed for easy operation, the XG-1 is listed for pre-ordering on the Pentax Web Store at US$399.95. The camera’s 6.17 x 4.5 mm CMOS sensor has a total of 16.79 million photosites and an effective resolution of 16 megapixels. Maximum image size is 4608 x 3456 pixels and the camera offers 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 aspect ratios. All images are recorded as JPEGs. Sensitivity settings range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200.

The XG-1 has a simple dial that accesses various shooting functions, including a suite of scene pre-sets for capturing tricky subjects like night shots and active pets. The camera also supports full HD movie recording. The new camera sports a 3-inch LCD monitor with a resolution of approximately 460,000 dots and a 200,000-dot EVF with dioptre adjustment. Up to 4x digital zoom is available to augment the 52x optical zoom. Macro focusing is possible to within one centimetre of a subject.

The XG-1 comes with 15.4 MB of internal memory plus a card slot that supports SD cards (SD, SDHC and Eye-Fi  compatible). It has a built-in pop-up flash and interface ports for USB 2.0 hi-speed, PC/AV Out, HDMI (type D) and DC Input. The camera is supplied with a LB-060   rechargeable lithium-ion battery which has a capacity of approximately 240 shots/charge.

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