Ricoh offers HZ15 digital camera, 5 HD Pentax lenses and auto flash units - all in September

Ricoh Imaging has introduced a bevy of new products such as a high-magnification digital camera, five HD Pentax interchangeable lenses and two auto-flash units.

First up is the Ricoh HZ15 digital compact camera. It sports a high-magnification optical 15-times zoom lens, as well as a large 3.0-inch LCD monitor. Other features include 24mm ultra-wide-angle coverage, 16MP image capture, shake reduction technology, 20 scene modes and HD-quality movie recording at 1,280-by-720-pixels and 30 FPS.

The HZ15 also offers an in-body recharging system and compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards. Pricing is not yet available, but it will launch toward the end of September.

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The second wave from Ricoh includes five HD Pentax-DA limited interchangeable lenses that work with K-mount lens-interchangeable digital cameras. They come in 15mm F4ED AL for £589.99, 21mm F3.2AL for £589.99, 35mm F2.8 for £639.99, 40mm F2.8 for £439.99 and 70mm F2.4 for £639.99.

Major features include a high-grade HD coating for sharper images, round-shape diaphragms for natural bokeh and a super protect coating to ward off dust and scratches. All lenses are available in black or silver color options from the end of September.

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As for those new auto flash units, called AF540FGZ II and AF360FGZ II, they work with Pentax interchangeable lens cameras and offer a maximum guide number of 54 and 36 at ISO 100m.

Aside from being weather-resistant, both units have a fixed white LED light for movie and still-image recording, customisable function settings, and a variety of flash discharge modes like advanced P-TTL auto flash. There's even a bounce flash function, power-zoom flash and built-in wide-angle panel.

The AF 540FGZ II Flashgun is £549.99, and the AF 360FGZ II Flashgun is £399.99. Both will also launch at the end of September.

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