Ricoh has moved to reassure GXR system users of its commitment to developing the system by announcing the planned introduction of a further two lens/sensor units for 2010. At a meeting with Amateur Photographer magazine during the PMA show in Anaheim Kazunobu Saiki, the general manager for Ricohu2019s European camera business revealed details one APS-C unit and a compact camera style unit that will expand the companyu2019s range to four.

Ricoh has moved to reassure GXR system users of its commitment to developing the system by announcing the planned introduction of a further two lens/sensor units for 2010. At a meeting with Amateur Photographer magazine during the PMA show in Anaheim Kazunobu Saiki, the general manager for Ricoh?s European camera business revealed details one APS-C unit and a compact camera style unit that will expand the company?s range to four.

Due for sale in Summer 2010 will be the P10 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VC unit that will include a compact sensor with a resolution of 10 million pixels. The CMOS sensor will be back-illuminated, as with the unit used in the new CX3 camera, which will reduce the impact of noise in low light situations.

A GR Lens A12 28mm f/2.5 is due for launch in winter 2010 and will be fitted with a 12 million pixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor. Ricoh says this lens will have a manual focus ring as well as an AF system, and will be powered by Ricoh?s GR Engine III.

Ricoh plans to launch at least two new lens units a year, as well as at least one additional accessory unit.

Saiki-san outlined plans for a range of accessories for the GXR system including concept ideas, as at the system?s launch, for items such as a projector unit, a printer, and a file storage unit. He said the company is also considering a remote control system between the body and camera units for wildlife photographers. A sensor-only unit is also being investigated that will allow users of third party lenses to attach them to the GXR body.