Ricoh has unveiled the GXR - its first digital camera that features interchangeable lenses.
The GXR measures 69×58x71mm, making it the size of a compact camera, but the interchangeable lenses gives the device the same picture quality and different scene shooting ability as an SLR.
According to Ricoh, the GXR is the world's smallest and lightest digital camera with the ability to change lenses.
A sliding mount on the die cast magnesium body of the camera allows users to change the lenses, which are contained in a camera unit, along with the image sensor and image processing engine.
The body also features a rubber grip[ that allows users to steady the camera when shooting, as well as a new 'direct' button that ensures one-touch access to the menus and setting of the camera, via the 3in LCD screen.
The camera has an internal memory of 86MB, which can be expanded with an SD/SDHC memory card.
There are currently two camera units available for the GXR; the 12Mp GR A12 50 mm F2.5 macro with a 4x digital zoom and the 10Mp S10 24-72 mm F2.5-4.4 VC, which offers a 3x wide-angle optical zoom and a camera shake correction function.
Available from mid-December the GXR body is priced at £419, while the GR camera unit costs £599 and the S10 camera unit is priced at £329.
The Ricoh GXR camera body without a lens unit
The Ricoh lens unit
See also: Ricoh CX1 digital compact camera