An all-purpose digital camera, featuring a powerful 52-times optical zoom lens

and an SLR-styled design for a wide range
of shooting applications


RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX XG-1 digital camera. Thanks to its high-magnification 52-times optical zoom lens covering ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto ranges, this all-in-one model performs superbly in a wide range of shooting opportunities, without the need for lens changes.

The PENTAX XG-1 is designed to be a versatile, all-purpose model ideal for a variety of applications and situations, including fast-action sports. Its compact, lightweight, easy-to-carry body contains an array of outstanding basic 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. It boasts a stylish, high-grade design resembling PENTAX-brand SLR cameras. It comes equipped with a sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) system, which effectively minimizes annoying camera shake, even under demanding, shake-prone conditions, such as when using the zoom lens's telephoto range, shooting with incident light only in poorly lit locations, or photographing sunset scenes. In order to provide the photographer with a greater range of creative, convenient options, it also features such innovative tools as: 1cm Macro mode for the capture of dramatic close-up images from just one centimeter away; high-speed continuous 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.

Main Features

1. 52-times optical zoom lens with 24-mm ultra-wide-angle coverage to accommodate diversified subjects

The XG-1 incorporates a high-magnification 52-times optical zoom lens in its compact, portable body. In addition to its extra-wide focal-length coverage -- from 24mm ultra-wide angle to 1,248mm super telephoto (in the 35mm format) -- it also features the 1cm Macro mode, which allows the photographer to capture dramatic, eye-catching close-up images from a distance of one centimeter. This extra-wide coverage means that a wide range of subjects and applications can be accommodated without the need for lens changes. It even provides the Digital Zoom function, which extends the zoom coverage to approximately 208 times (for a maximum focal length of 4,992mm in the 35mm format).

2. Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor

The XG-1 features a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, which demonstrates remarkable high-sensitivity, low-noise characteristics and assures high-speed image data readout. Coupled with its top sensitivity of ISO 3200 and approximately 16.0 effective megapixels, it delivers super-high-resolution images. In addition, its innovative Handheld Night Scene mode assists the photographer in capturing blur-free night-time images by taking multiple images simultaneously and synthesizing them into a single composite image.

3. Large, high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitor

Equipped on the back of the XG-1's body is a large, high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 460,000 dots. Its large screen provides a clear view of images and menus to not only assure a quick, effortless check of on-screen images, but also facilitate swift, error-free setting changes.

4. High-speed continuous shooting to capture decisive moments

In addition to its standard continuous shooting mode with a maximum speed of approximately nine images per second, the XG-1 also provides a super-high-speed continuous shooting mode with a maximum speed of approximately 60 images per second* and a high-speed continuous shooting mode at approximately 30 images per second.** Coupled with its Auto Tracking AF function, which automatically keeps a moving subject in focus, the XG-1 lets the photographer capture dramatic, once-in-a-lifetime shutter opportunities in sharp, crisp images, even with active, fast-moving subjects.

* In the super-high-speed continuous shooting mode, the image size is fixed at VGA format (640 X 480 pixels).
** In the high-speed continuous shooting mode, the image size is fixed at 4M (2304 X 1728 pixels).

5. Reliable shake- reduction system for sharp, blur-free images

The XG-1's advanced sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) system assures sharply focused, blur-free images even under demanding photographic conditions prone to camera shake, such as when using the zoom lens's telephoto range, shooting indoor scenes with incident light, or photographing sunset scenes. By accurately assessing the amount of camera shake using a high-precision gyro sensor, this system shifts the CMOS image sensor vertically and horizontally with great precision and speed to achieve a required anti-shake effect.

6. Electronic viewfinder for a clear view of the subject in outdoor shooting

The XG-1's electronic viewfinder comes in handy when shooting a subject placed against harsh backlight, or when the photographer needs a more solid grip of the camera.

7. Full HD-standard movie recording for extended shooting of high-quality movies

The XG-1 features a Full HD movie recording function employing the H.264 recording format. The user can capture high-quality, extended movie clips (at a frame size of 1920 x 1080 pixels, in a 16:9 aspect ratio) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. Using the i button, the user can instantly switch to one of eight digital filters (including black & white and sepia), even during recording. It even provides a host of creative movie playback features, including High-speed Movie mode for slow-motion playback.* A micro-HDMI terminal (type D) is also provided on the camera body for the output of recorded movies and sound to external audio-visual devices.

* Sound cannot be recorded in this mode.

8. Quick-set mode dial for easy selection of the desired shooting mode

The XG-1's mode dial provides quick, effortless selection of the desired shooting mode, without the need for recalling the menu screen. The user can select the mode that best suits the subject or scene, from a total of 10 modes including the hands-off Auto Picture, Scene (11 options), Program, Face Beautifier and Movie.

9. Other features

  • ・HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode to synthesize an extra-wide-gradation image from three different images of varying exposure levels
  • ・Digital filters such as black & white and fish-eye, with easy selection via the i button
  • ・Interval shooting mode, useful in fixed-point observation of landscapes and flowers/plants
  • ・Pet detection mode for automatic recognition of up 10 pet faces
  • ・Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards

PENTAX XG-1 Specifications

Lens   smc PENTAX lens, 15 elements in 13 groups(6 aspherical elements)
Focal Length (in 35mm format equivalent) 4.3 - 223.6mm (Approx. 24 - 1248mm)
Maximum Aperture F2.8(W) - F5.6(T)
Zoom Optical Zoom 52x
Digital Zoom Approx. 4x (Combined Zoom: approx. 208x)
Intelligent Zoom -
Motion Blur Reduction Still Sensor-Shift-Type (SR : Shake Reduction)
Movie Electronic image stabilization
Focus Type Single-AF, Multi-AF, Object Tracking , Face detection AF, Cont. AF
Focus Range
(From lens face)
Standard:0.6m - infinity / 1.97 ft. - infinity(at wide)
       3.0m - infinity / 9.8 ft. - infinity(at tele)
Macro:0.01m - infinity / 0.03 ft. - infinity(at wide)
     0.3m - infinity / 0.98 ft. - infinity(Mid-zoom)
Face detection Up to 12 faces
Pet detection Detect up to 10 pet's face
Number of Effective pixels Approx. 16 megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
Number of Recorded pixels Still (4:3)  16M(4608x3456), 10M(3648x2736), 5M(2592x1944)
     3M(2048x1536), 0.3M(640x480)
(3:2)  14M(4608x3072)
(16:9) 12M(4608x2592), 2M(1920x1080)
Movie 1920x1080(30fps), 1280x720(60/30fps), 640x480(30fps)
High Speed:640x480(120fps)
Sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
White Balance AWB, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Fluorescent CWF, Incandescent, Manual WB,
Color Temp.(1900K, 3000K, 3500K, 5500K, 7000K, 9000K, 10000K)
Viewfinder Electronic Viewfinder, approx. 200K dots
Display 3.0" LCD, approx. 460K dots
Exposure Control Metering System AiAE, Spot, Center, Face
Exposure Compensation ±2EV(1/3EV steps)
Scene modes Auto Mode, Program AE, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Manual Mode, Face Beautifier, Handheld Night, Scene Modes[Pet Mode, Sunset, Fireworks, Multi Exposure, Sport, Night Portrait, Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Children, Party], Movie Mode, Custom Settings
Playback modes Single, Index (9/16 Thumbnails), Slide Show, Date, Burst Shooting, Zoom (Approx. ×2 - ×8), Movie
Shutter Speed 4 sec. - 1/2000 sec., 30 sec at most (Manual mode setting)
Built-in flash Modes Force Off, Flash Auto, Force Flash, Slow Sync., Slow Sync.+Red-Eye, Red-Eye Reduction
Flash Range Wide:approx. 0.5 - 7.5m / 1.64 - 25 ft. (ISO 800)
Tele:approx. 1.2 - 3.7m / 3.9 - 12 ft. (ISO 800)
Drive Modes Single, Continuous Shot, Cont. Shot-High Speed (VGA), Cont. Shot-Fast (4M), Time-Lapse(30sec/ 1min/5min/ 10min).
Self-timer(2sec, 10sec, Smile)
Storage Media Built-in memory (approx. 15.4MB), SD/SDHC Memory Card、Eye-Fi Card
Power Source   Rechargeable lithium-ion battery LB-060
Battery life Still*: approx. 240 shots (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Playback**: approx. 200 min. (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Interfaces AV-OUT/USB2.0 terminal, HDMI terminal(Type D)
Video Output NTSC/PAL
Dimensions Approx. 119(W) x 89(H) x 97.5(D)mm / 4.7(W) x 3.5(H) x 3.8(D) inches
Weight With battery & SD card Approx. 567g / 20.0 oz. (loaded and ready)
Body Approx. 539g / 19.0 oz.(without battery and SD memory card)

* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.
** According to the result of RICOH IMAGING in-house testing.

PENTAX XG-1 storage capacity and movie recording capacity (approximate figures)

  Still image
16M [4:3]
14M [3:2]
12M [16:9]
10M [4:3]
Image Quality Best Fine Normal Best Fine Normal Best Fine Normal Best Fine Normal
Built-in Memory 2 4 5 3 4 6 3 5 7 4 7 8
1GB 214 325 393 239 362 437 281 423 509 331 496 595
2GB 410 623 754 458 694 838 538 810 975 635 951 1140
4GB 840 1277 1544 939 1423 1718 1102 1660 1998 1302 1949 2336
8GB 1622 2465 2982 1814 2747 3317 2127 3206 3858 2513 3764 4512
16GB 3320 5046 6103 3712 5623 6789 4354 6562 7897 5144 7703 9234
32GB 6685 10159 12289 7473 11322 13668 8767 13212 15899 10358 15510 18592
  Still image
5M [4:3]
3M [4:3]
2M [16:9]
0.3M [4:3]
Image Quality Best Fine Normal Best Fine Normal Best Fine Normal Best Fine Normal
Built-in Memory 8 13 15 13 19 22 19 26 30 48 54 57
1GB 610 883 1037 900 1258 1450 1232 1657 1873 3135 3471 3600
2GB 1170 1692 1988 1726 2412 2780 2362 3176 3589 6010 6653 6899
4GB 2397 3467 4073 3536 4941 5696 4839 6508 7354 12313 13631 14136
8GB 4628 6695 7866 6828 9541 10998 9344 12568 14201 23777 26323 27297
16GB 9472 13702 16099 13975 19529 22511 19124 25722 29065 48665 53875 55869
32GB 19071 27589 32415 28137 39319 45323 38504 51790 58521 97982 108473 112488


1920x1080 1280x720 640x480
30fps 60fps 30fps 30fps 120fps
Built-in Memory 0:00:00 0:00:00 0:00:05 0:00:19 0:00:04
1GB 0:05:58 0:06:28 0:12:02 0:28:13 0:10:31
2GB 0:11:46 0:12:39 0:23:39 0:53:51 0:20:40
4GB 0:23:20 0:25:06 0:46:50 1:46:32 0:40:57
8GB 0:46:56 0:50:24 1:34:08 3:33:52 1:22:08
16GB 1:34:08 1:41:20 3:08:48 7:09:04 2:45:04
32GB 3:08:48 3:22:56 6:18:24 14:20:00 5:30:56


•The maximum number of possible shots displayed in the camera is "9999".
•The maximum length is 25 minutes for movie.
•The maximum time which can be recorded as High Speed Movie mode is 30 seconds per file. (The movie will be played 4 times longer(2min.))

System Requirements for PENTAX XG-1

USB interface

Windows® Windows Vista® Windows® 7 Windows® 8 Windows® 8.1
Macintosh Mac OS X 10.6.8 Mac OS X 10.7 Mac OS X 10.8

Supported OS must be pre-installed in PC and updated to the latest version. USB port must be standard equipped.

Note: Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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