Epson Develops Rangefinder Digital Camera

The EPSON R-D1 marks a significant milestone in the industry by combining the classic feel and precision engineering of a traditional rangefinder camera with the latest digital technology. It is the first digital camera allowing photographers to use revered L- and M-mount lenses.

The EPSON R-D1 links the future with the past — a new digital camera with a classic rangefinder feel. The EPSON R-D1 is comprised of a magnesium alloy exterior and an aluminum die cast body, combining digital technology with the traditional feel of a finely tuned instrument. The camera features a 6.1 megapixel APS C-size CCD sensor with a 1.53 magnification factor for an image resolution up to 3008 x 2000 pixels, easily producing output of 16″ x 20″ and beyond. The Epson R-D1 supports a RAW mode as well as two JPEG modes. Both JPEG modes incorporate PRINT Image Matching(R) II technology for optimal prints.

“Epson is committed to the world of photography and has helped transform digital photo printing by developing ink jet printers and other digital photo printing technologies,” said Philip Amato, product manager, Epson. “With the EPSON R-D1 we aimed to combine all that defines classic rangefinder photography with today’s leading edge digital technology. Photographers can now experience a state-of-the-art digital camera with all of the advantages of a rangefinder camera.”

Epson R-D1The legendary rangefinder camera has been used by many of the world’s greatest photographers. In keeping with this heritage, Epson designed the EPSON R-D1 to offer the creative possibilities and convenience of digital technology, while maintaining the classic rangefinder’s look, feel and functionality. Designed with time-honored features and precision engineering, the camera brings together the best qualities of conventional rangefinders with the advanced image processing of contemporary digital cameras.

“It’s finally arrived, the EPSON R-D1 is a true digital rangefinder camera that allows photographers like myself to work in the digital world with a classic rangefinder using the prized lenses we have accumulated over the years and know so well,” said Ben Fernandez, award winning photojournalist, Guggenheim Fellow and sought after photo educator. “The EPSON R-D1 enables me to continue working with the same tools that I have grown accustom to throughout my career, and transition seamlessly, without compromise, into the new age of digital photography.”

Pricing and Availability

The EPSON R-D1 rangefinder digital camera will be shipping in early November for an estimated street price of $2,999 through select camera retailers. The camera carries a one-year limited warranty and is also supported by the EPSON Connection(SM), a customer support and technical assistance line. For more information on Epson and its products, call 1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800-463-7766) or visit the company’s Web site at

The EPSON R-D1 — The World’s First Rangefinder Digital Camera Begins Shipping in U.S.