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Epson intros retro-styled R-D1xG camera

updated 04:35 pm EST, Fri February 27, 2009

Epson intros R-D1xG camera

Epson Japan recently introduced a successor to its R-D1 rangefinder digital camera released back in 2004 with the R-D1xG. The new model retains the same 6.1-megapixel sensor and vintage look of the old camera but adds a larger 2.5-inch LCD compared to the old camera's 2-inch display. Likewise, the older model's SD memory card slot is now replaced with one compatible with the higher-capacity SDHC standard.

The R-D1xG can be set to capture RAW and JPEG images simultaneously, and has three distinct shooting modes, including one optimized for shooting people, scenery and in low-light conditions. There is a 16X zoom and light sensitivity reaches up to ISO 1600. Apart from these and a few changes to the controls of the camera compared to the older model, the new one also supports the Adobe RGB color space.

The R-D1xG will be available in Japan shortly, though release dates or prices for other markets are unknown. [via Akihabara]






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  1. bobolicious

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    Joined: Aug 2002

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    Rangefinders are valid...

    ...in conditions that make an LCD tough to see - and I could see value in having creative control if manual focus, shutter or aperture priority options were available as the design markings hint at. I would be even more impressed if the construction was all metal for durability...

  1. JeffHarris

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    Joined: Oct 1999

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    Lens?

    It's nice to see them NOT jamming a zillion blurry megapixel sensor in the thing, too! Nice move.

    What's the brand of lens? Without a decent lens, it all means nothing.

    I've never been a big fan of Epson. Their hardware is generally good, but their Mac drivers SUCK.

    Personally, I prefer a manual camera, like this one. My neglected 35mm camera is a Nikon FM2: with a lightmeter (uses only 1 little battery) and everything is manual. I miss that kind of direct control with digital cameras.

    Sure, I could get a digital SLR, but most are so damn HUGE, I have absolutely no desire to lug something of that size and weight around.

    If I had he dough, I'd get a Leica M8. But this looks promising.

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