Ricoh Japan has today announced the new Caplio R2, almost the same as the recently announced R1V this interesting looking camera has a five megapixel CCD and wide-angle 4.8x zoom (28 - 135 mm equiv.). The R2 does away with the R1V's optical viewfinder and instead has a much larger 2.5" LCD monitor (which is cool these days, apparently) and 28 MB of built-in memory. The R2 will be available in both silver and black. Once more there's no news about distribution, thin on the ground in Europe and nonexistent in the US.

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Ricoh Caplio R2

Ricoh Caplio R2 specifications

Sensor

• 5.19 million pixels total
• 5.01 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 2560x1920
• 2048x1536
• 1280x960
• 640x480
Movie clips • 320x240, 15/30 fps
• 160x120, 15/30 fps
Lens • 28 - 135 mm (35 mm equiv)
• 4.8x optical zoom
• F3.3 - F4.8
Digital zoom Up to x3.6
AF area modes • AF target shift
Focus distance • 0.3 m - infinity
• Macro: 1cm - infinity
• Telemacro: 13cm - infinity
Metering • Multi segment (256)
• Center-weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • ISO 64
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
Exposure compensation • +/-2.0EV
• 1/3EV steps
Shutter speed • Still: 8 - 1/2000 sec
• Motion: 1/30 - 1/2000 sec
Scene modes

• Portrait
• Sports
• Landscape
• Text
• Night scene
• High sensitivity

White balance • Auto
• Outdoors
• Cloudy
• Incandescent
• Fluorescent
• One push
Continuous shooting Yes
Image parameters • Fine
• Normal
Flash • Auto, on, off, slow synch, red-eye reduction
Viewfinder None
LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT LCD
• 114,000 pixels
Self-timer 2 or 10 sec
Timelapse Yes, 5 sec - 3 hours (5 sec steps)
Connectivity • USB
• Video out
Storage • SD/MMC card
• 28 MB internal memory
Power • AA battery/Rechargeable lithium ion
• Charger included (?)
Weight (no batt) 150 g (5.2 oz)
Weight (with batt) 195 g (6.9 oz)
Dimensions 100 x 55 x 25 mm (3.9 x 2.1 x 1 in)