Ricoh has now announced the availability of a new lens kit for the modular GXR digital camera system. The 10 megapixel S10 wide-angle zoom lens unit features a high-sensitivity image sensor, technology to help prevent blurred images and the ability to fill the frame with an up close and personal subject from less than half an inch away.

Ricoh sees the new 10 mexapixel S10 24-72mm F2.5-4.4 VC lens unit being a photographer's everyday zoom, offering "high-level image quality and superior portability." In common with previous GXR lens units, the S10 slides into the main system body and includes its own sensor (in this case a 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor with an ISO100 to 3200 sensitivity range). The main body sports all controls, the connectivity, flash and the 3 inch LCD display.

Also on offer is 3x optical zoom (and 4x digital zoom), Smooth Imaging Engine IV image processing and like the P10 unit, the new lens unit incorporates Ricoh's own sensor shift vibration correction technology to suppress unwanted blur. The S10 shoots in both JPEG and RAW still image formats and will also record VGA-quality video. Ricoh claims that the battery should capture around 410 images before needing a recharge.

The S10 GXR body and lens kit will be available from July 18 for US$599. There are also a number of optional add-ons available, such as external viewfinder, teleconversion lens and lens cap.