Ricoh has released firmware updates for its GXR system camera and GR Digital III compact which aim to improve performance in areas such as noise reduction.

Both firmware updates add a ?Max? setting to the noise reduction functions.

?When Max is specified, the image data?s noise distribution is analysed and the optimum processing is done for each region of the image, thereby increasing image quality in low-light scenes,? claims Ricoh in a statement.

The GXR update also adds a specific noise reduction function to the nightscape and landscape modes.

In shutter speed priority mode, the firmware updates enable the GXR and GR Digital III to automatically adjust shutter speed to give a ‘suitable exposure’ in cases where the image will be overexposed or underexposed, according to Ricoh.

The updates are downloadable from the Ricoh website from today.

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