Epson has announced that the R-D1 digital rangefinder camera which takes Leica-compatible lenses will ship next month.

The R-D1 features an EM mount that takes Leica M-mount compatible lenses and L-mount lenses with an adaptor. There are currently more than 200 such lenses on the market.

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It retains the classic look and feel of traditional film-based rangefinder cameras, with a magnesium alloy exterior and die-cast aluminium body. The film advance lever actually re-cocks the mechanical shutter, and the camera is fitted with chronographic dials and needle indicators. 
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The R-D1 sports a 6.1-megapixel APS C-size CCD sensor with 1.53 magnification factor. It supports RAW and two JPEG image modes and PRINT Image Matching II for direct output from compatible printers.
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The shutter speed range of the R-D1 is 1/2,000 to 1 second and the sensitivity range is ISO 200, 400, 800 and 1,600. Exposure control is aperture priority and manual with AE lock and +/-2EV exposure compensation. The single metering mode available is centre-weighted.
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