Epson R-D1s Digital Rangefinder Camera

Epson R-D1s is a digital rangefinder camera (released on 15.03.06), featuring a 6.0 megapixels (APS-C CCD sensor) with EM mount (Leica M type interchangeable mount) lens , a 2.0″ TFT LCD screen, measuring Approx 142 x 89 x 40 mm (5.6 x 3.5 x 1.6 in), weighing 560 g (1.2 lb), and it’s running on Epson EPALB1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery.



March 15, 2006 – Epson Japan introduced the successor to the R-D1 today, the world’s first digital rangefinder camera, with the Epson R-D1s. The new digital rangefinder has the same analog look to it, but also has a few software upgrades and features that the original lacks. The Epson R-D1s will be available later this month in Japan.

The new 6.1 megapixel Epson R-D1s adds a few features to its predecessor’s specifications. While the R-D1 had RAW and JPEG shooting available, the R-D1s can shoot both formats simultaneously. The Epson R-D1s also adds some settings that are similar to scene modes. One setting is optimized for portraits and softens skin tones. Another is designed to reduce noise in pictures taken at night. The third setting is for taking landscape shots with vivid colors.

In addition to the simultaneous format shooting and scene modes, the Epson R-D1s adds adjustment controls for sharpness, color tones, contrast, noise reduction and chrome. The new camera is otherwise similar to the original digital rangefinder. Both Epson cameras have ISO settings from 200-1600, shutter speeds from 1-1/2000 of a second (and bulb) and compatibility with Leica L and M lenses. They also both have 6.1 megapixels on a 0.93 x 0.6-inch APS CCD.

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