Ricoh has today announced another new camera, the entry-level point-and-shoot Caplio RR530. The five megapixel compact will go on sale in October for £129.99. The silver-colored compact offers a 3x optical zoom (32 - 96 mm), four scene modes and a 1.8-inch LCD screen. There's also the ubiquitous movie function and a 6cm macro mode. It takes standard double A batteries and images are stored on to SD card. Ricoh points out that the RR530 has a 'handy' 12MB (woo hoo!) so you can shoot out of the box, but we suggest budgeting for a spare memory card.

Press Release:

Ricoh unveils the Caplio RR530, a stylish 5.0 Megapixel digital camera for stunning pictures with trouble-free operation.

Perfect combination of quality and compact size.

Northampton 15th September 2005 - Ricoh is delighted to announce the release of the Caplio RR530 - a compact 5.0 megapixel, digital camera that makes the joy of digital photography accessible even to novice users.

The Caplio RR530 is the latest addition to the popular, award-winning Ricoh Caplio series, whose high performance, excellent value and style has won favour with digital photographers around the world. The RR530 consistently produces stunning, crystal-clear images that mark it out from the other cameras in its class. Boasting a 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom for a combined 12x zoom, the RR530 is equipped to capture a wide range of scenes.

Weighing in at just 130g*, the Caplio RR530’s stylish, compact body fits easily into your palm and your pocket. The RR530 makes taking quality photos easier than ever before – it really is as simple as “point and shoot”. With this little smoothie, even absolute beginners will find digital photography a breeze. For those who wish to get a little more creative, the RR530’s Mode dial enables the user to choose a movie mode or four scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Sports or Night. What’s more, the brightness of the 1.8-inch LCD monitor is easily adjusted, meaning your images can be viewed clearly in any light. Transferring photos to your PC is fast and simple with the RR530’s USB connector. The handy 12 MB internal memory means the RR530 is ready to shoot straight out of the box, but it also supports an optional SD Memory card, a popular and widely used storage medium.

If you are looking for a stylish, compact digital camera, look no further than the Caplio RR530!
It will introduce you the world of digital photography.

* Without batteries, Hand strap and SD Memory card

Major Features of the Caplio RR530:

5.0 megapixel CCD delivers high image quality.
Prints even as large as A4 turn out bright and sharp, full of rich detail from Caplio RR530 photos

Optical 3x zoom, plus digital 4x zoom.
Optical 3x zoom offers you long reach for most scenes. When you need to go further, use the digital 3x zoom for a total of 12x zoom.

Movie and four scene modes.
Your Caplio RR530 records movie, plus has four scene modes that provide the best effect according to the type of subject.

Get in as close as 6cm with macro.
Enter the world of macro photography with detailed close-ups of flowers and other tiny objects.

Internal 12MB memory and SD Memory Card compatible.
The Caplio RR530 features 12MB of internal memory. To expend the capacity, just insert an SD Memory Card (sold separately).

Accepts regular AA batteries.
With easy-to-find AA batteries, you can keep shooting. Perfect for whenever you’re on the move.

Everything you need by a computer.
Connect your camera to a computer with the USB cable then enhance photos and even create panorama images with our software.

Price and Availability:
The Caplio RR530 will be available from October. RRP £129.99 inc.

Ricoh Caplio RR530 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 5.2 million pixels total
• 5.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 2560 x 1920
• 2048 x 1536
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480
Movie clips 320 x 240
File formats

• Still: JPEG
• Movie: AVI

Lens • 32 - 96 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 2.8 - 4.8
Digital zoom Up to x
Focus Autofocus
AF assist lamp Yes/No
Focus distance • Normal: 0.5m - infinity
• Macro: 0.06m to infinity (w) 0.35m to infinity (t)
• Super macro:
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
Exposure compensation • +/-2EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Shutter speed 1 - 1/2000 th sec
Scene modes • Portrait
• Landscape
• Sports
• Night Scene
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Sunset
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
Self timer • 2 or 10 secs
• 2 + 10 secs
Flash • Built-in
• Modes: Auto/ Red-Eye Reduction/ Mandatory Flash/ Flash Off Flash
• Range: approx. 0.6m-2.4m (Wide), approx. 0.6m-2.1m (Telephoto)
Viewfinder Real image optical
LCD monitor • 1.8" TFT LCD
• 130,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB 1.1
• AV out
Print compliance • DPOF
• Exif v2.2
Storage • SD card
• 12 MB card supplied
Power 2x AA batteries
Weight (no batt) 130 g (4.6 oz)
Dimensions 91 x 27 x 61 mm (3.5 x 1.1 x 2.4 in)