EPSON R-D1x

Review of using an Epson R-D1x digital camera.

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Impression
As of 2022, this is EPSON’s last digital camera.
With 6 megapixels (3008×2000), it provides sufficient images for normal use.
It is regrettable that there was no progress in the camera mechanism even after the third generation, but it can be said that the mechanism has been perfected since the first generation.
In particular, the isometric viewfinder was reliable enough to guarantee success with large-aperture lenses such as the Nokton 50mm/F1.1 with a reasonable yield.

The R-D1x is the successor to the R-D1 and R-D1s. The main reason for this was that I used the R-D1x together with the LEICA M8. The M8’s APS-H/10 megapixels and the R-1Dx’s APS-C/6.1 megapixels have different resolution, and the larger sensor size can express the quirks of the lens. Therefore, the M8 was used relatively infrequently when only one camera was taken out.

In 2010, when I was using the camera, digital camera technology was very competitive (the author himself jumped when a new camera with new specifications was released), and there were no major changes to the 6.1 megapixel sensor since the first generation (the change in the successor from the R-D1 was the addition of a heat sink on the sensor), and the The viewfinder’s double-image vertical misalignment, which often occurs, has remained unchanged, and my impression at the time was that the R-D1x was a camera left behind by the evolution of digital equipment, with only minor changes to the R-D1. If I had only had this camera, I would have used it with affection, but I bought it because it was cheap and tried to use it, but nostalgia could not exceed reality in the style of using it with the M8 mentioned above.

There were several enjoyable aspects of this camera in its own way, such as the focusing accuracy of the adjusted viewfinder, the unique Cosina clicking shutter sound, and the analog meter for various information, and one of the reasons for not continuing to supply it was the production of the 6-megapixel sensor and rear LCD that could not be replaced. One of the reasons for not being able to continue supplying this camera was the discontinuation of the 6-megapixel sensor and rear LCD, which could not be replaced.
It is a real shame that a camera that plays the position of an inexpensive digital rangefinder camera is no longer available, just as there was demand for Bessa and Zeiss Ikon rangefinder cameras in the film camera market.

A used R-D1 went on the market in 2022 for 180,000 yen and sold quickly. Although people have different values, I think 180,000 yen is too much to pay for a product that will be finished when it is repaired and broken.

Specification
The official name is Epson Rangefinder Digital Camera R-D1x Grip Kit (R-D1xG).
The R-D1x is the name of the camera up to R-D1x, and the G stands for the grip. Since the camera and grip were sold as a set, it was marketed under the trade name R-D1xG.
Typical camera specifications are as follows.
The use of an isometric viewfinder, which is Cosina’s specialty, is a feature not found in Leica cameras.

ItemValueetc.
Effective Pixels6.1-Megapixels
Lens MountEM-Mount Leica M-mount compatible
SensorAPS-C Size (23.7 x 15.6mm) CMOS Sensor
Back dispaly panel2.5-inch low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD (230,000 pixels)
FinderReal-image rangefinder with equal magnification perspective viewfinder1.0 times (exactly equal)
range finderVertical image-matching and double image-matching (Linkage range 0.7m to ∞)Effective baseline length: 38.2mm
BatteryEPALB1
Size (mm)W x H x D 142.0×88.5×39.5mmexcluding protruding parts
Weight (g)約570 (Only body)

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  • RD1SC1 leather case

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