Imagine a camera that has Wi-Fi, GPS, a projector, is waterproof and can print photos. Themodular camera system does all this and more -- just not all at the same time. We've already reviewed the main camera, but Ricoh is now showing off a range of bolt-on extra modules.
The P10 zoom unit boasts a 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 lens and 10-megapixel rear-illuminated CMOS sensor. It includes built-in optical image stabilisation and shoots 720p high definition video.
Ricoh has also shown off a number of bolt-on modules that expand the GXR system beyond simple photography. These include a Wi-Fi pack that fits on the front of the camera, and communicates wirelessly with a separate underwater camera module. The extra packs show the versatility of the GXR system over systems like Micro Four Thirds, which only let you swap the lens. The different modules remind us of buying an Action Man, then getting loads of different packs of accessories to make him go underwater, or play football, or be German and stuff.
The bolt-ons give the GXR features you wouldn't otherwise find in one camera. A GPS unit takes on other location-aware cameras such as the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V, and .
A projector unit will beam pictures onto the wall, like the. A printer unit could print small pictures like the .
Other modules include a storage unit, extension unit and a Ricopy copier unit. Possibly our favourite is the fiber scope module, should you wish to perform a DIY esophagogastroduodenoscopy. Or more likely check down the back of the sofa for spare change.
The P10 lens unit will cost £250, on top of the GXR body's £400. The two will be available as a kit, but dates are yet to be confirmed. The other modules are still at the concept stage, but fingers crossed they make it into the shops.
Module images: DPReview