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Ricoh releases fifth function-enhancing firmware update for GXR

Tokyo, Japan, March 14, 2012—Ricoh Co., Ltd. (President and CEO: Shiro Kondo) announced today the March 15th release of the fifth function-enhancing firmware update for the GXR, a high-image-quality compact digital camera originally launched in December 2009.

The GXR is a revolutionary, interchangeable unit camera system that enables lenses to be changed using a slide-in mount system that attaches camera units to the body. The lens, image sensor and image processing engine are integrated into the camera units, so the body itself does not contain an image sensor.

Function-enhancing firmware updates are developed in response to opinions and requests received from a large number of customer surveys. These updates allow customers who already own a GXR to update their camera to include the latest functions.

This fifth firmware release expands photo-expression possibilities and enhances usability.
Instructions for using the function-enhancing firmware can be downloaded free of charge from the Ricoh website.

Enhanced functions for all camera units

  1. AE/AF target shift in scene mode
    • The photographer can now use AE/AF target shift even when shooting in scene modes such as high contrast B&W, soft focus and cross process. (AE/AF target shift cannot be used in portrait, sports, landscape, nightscape, miniaturize and toy camera modes.)
  2. ISO sensitivity setting step switching available
    • The setting steps 1EV and 1/3EV can now be selected. When 1/3EV is selected, ISO settings are available at a greater level of detail than before.
  3. ISO bracketing function added
    • By pressing the shutter release button once, mages can be shot with a selection of three ISO sensitivity settings.
  4. Interval shooting function expanded
    • A two-second setting is available to minimize shooting time between intervals. It is also possible to specify the maximum number of pictures to be shot.
  5. When manual mode is selected, ISO Auto and Auto-Hi is now available.
  6. A new function maintains the same shooting settings.
    • By keeping the shutter release button pressed halfway after taking a picture, the photographer can continue to shoot with the same settings (focus, exposure, white balance, etc.).
  7. Sleep and auto power off time setting functions can now be set in one-minute units.
  8. Ability to record only the RAW image.
    • The function for recording a JPEG image simultaneously with the RAW image has been expanded so that it is now possible to record only the RAW image. This is suitable for a work flow based on the premise that image finishing is to be done on a PC after shooting. Since a JPEG file is not simultaneously recorded, this option is also useful when the photographer wants to increase the number of images which can be recorded on the memory card or wants to optimize camera response time.
  9. Copyright information can be entered in the Exif information.
    • Copyright information such as the photographer’s name can be entered and written to the image Exif data. The recorded information can be checked on the playback screen detailed information display.
  10. Firmware version upgrades can now be done from the menu.

Enhanced function only for the GR LENS A12 28mm, GR LENS A12 50mm,
RICOH LENS S10 24-72mm, and RICOH LENS P10 28-300mm camera units

  1. Function added for saving My Settings on an SD card.
    • My Settings records shooting settings for future use. The My Settings information can now be saved not only in the camera body but also on an SD card. This expands the world of photo expression by enabling GXR users to exchange their shooting settings.

Enhanced function only for the RICOH LENS S10 24-72mm
and RICOH LENS P10 28-300mm camera units

  1. Bulb and time can now be selected.
    • B (bulb) and T (time) can now be selected as the shutter speed in manual exposure mode. With “B,” the exposure continues while the shutter release button is pressed down, and with “T,” the shutter release button is pressed to start and end the exposure. For both, the exposure is forcibly ended when 180 seconds have elapsed. (In the case of RICOH LENS P10 28-300mm only, when 30 seconds have elapsed, shooting is forcibly ended.)

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