RICOH IMAGING Announces new PENTAX XG-1 with 52x Optical Zoom Lens


There are those who are still of the mindset that you must have a DSLR camera if you want amazing photos and this is the trap that many novices fall into. They end up paying a lot for a camera that has more features than they will ever need and then get discouraged when they discover how complicated they are to use and their images don’t look any better. I like recommending cameras based on the user’s needs and what they will be using them for. With that said, there’s something special about all-in-one cameras. These are cameras that bridge the gap between point-and-shoots and a DSLR. They are much more powerful than your standard point-and-shoot, but feature the same ease of use as one.

RICOH IMAGING announced the introduction of their new PENTAX XG-1 featuring an impressive 52x optical zoom lens matted to a 16 megapixel sensor. The XG-1 has a profile like a DSLR camera, but does not have the ability to swap lenses. Instead, it has a fixed lens, but one with a powerful zoom lens that will cover the range most people have to buy an extra lens for.

Other features include:

  • 1cm Macro mode
  • high-speedcontinuous shooting
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode

What you’ll probably like the most though is the price point. With DSLR-like features and a powerful zoom lens, they PENTAX XG-1 will only cost $399.99 when it’s released this August.

Press Release

Denver, Co. July 14, 2014 Building on its foundation of unique DSLR cameras, RICOH IMAGING is pleased to introduce the PENTAX XG-1 digital camera. This versatile, all-in-one camera showcases an impressive 52x optical zoom lens, 16 megapixel sensor, and Pentax technology; bridging the gap between DSLR flexibility and point and shoot convenience.

The PENTAX XG-1 is a versatile camera ideally suited for those seeking the many lens options of a DSLR but requiring the convenience and flexibility of a point and shoot camera. When photographing a wide variety of subjects, including fast-action sports, The XG-1 is compact, lightweight, and easy-to-carry with an array of outstanding 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. Boasting a stylish, high-grade design that resembles PENTAX-branded SLR cameras, the XG-1 comes equipped with a sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) system, that is effective even under demanding, shake-prone conditions, such as when using the zoom lens’s telephoto range, shooting with incident light, or photographing sunset scenes.

This camera provides the photographer with a greater range of creative options by featuring innovative tools such as: 1cm Macro mode for the capture of dramatic close-up images from just one centimeter away; high-speedcontinuous shooting of up to 60 images per second; and HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode to synthesize an ultra-wide-gradation image from three images taken at varying exposure levels.

“We are excited to bring Ricoh Imaging’s technology and manufacturing experience with DSLR cameras to the XG-1. This exciting new camera demonstrates advanced imaging technology and quality workmanship, but also the versatility of a long zoom lens and the easy operation expected of a compact camera,”said Brian McIntosh, Director of Marketing, Ricoh Imaging America Corp.

Pricing and Availability

The XG-1 will be available at retailers nationwide and at in August 2014 for a suggested retail price of $399.95

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