Epson R-D1xG Digital Rangefinder Camera

Epson Japan announced is new R-D1xG rangefinder digital camera, an updated version of the original R-D1 and R-D1s models, which were discontinued in June 2007, Epson R-D1xG features a 6 megapixel APS-C CCD image sensor. It additionally offers a larger 2.5 inch LCD screen, supports SDHC memory cards up to 32GB, EDiART image processing and a handgrip. A range-finding focusing mechanism allowing the photographer to measure the subject distance and take photographs that are in sharp focus.

The Epson R-D1xG is compitable with Leica M mount lenses, or earlier Leica screw mount lenses using an adapter. Sure, this new Epson R-D1xG rangefinder camera will give more reasonable price than Leica M8 or Hasselblad rangefinder digital cameras. The Epson RD1xG will be available in Japan on April 9th, with an estimated price of $2000 USD. Many photographers only can hope it will also release in US, Canada, Australia, Italy, United Kingdom, and another Europe shop dealers market as soon as possible. (source here)

The advantages rangefinder camera compared with DSLR's :
- Rangefinders do not have mirrors thus there is no mirror 'blackout' while snapping a picture
- They also tend to be quieter in operation, again because they lack the reflex sound of the mirror moving. This ideal for use in quite environments like weddings party or drama theater.
- The camera bodies are typically more compact than SLR's camera.

Disadvantages of rangefinders camera compared with DSLR's :
- More expensive than DSLR cameras
- Parallax errors due to lack of a through-the-lens (TTL) viewfinder
- Expensive and fairly limited selection of lenses available