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Ricoh Caplio RZ1 and Ricoh Caplio R1

Aug 19, 2004 at 11:10 GMT

Ricoh has today announced two four megapixels cameras, the Caplio RZ1 has a 35 -105mm lens, while the Caplio R1 boasts a wideangle 28 – 135mm optic and 4.8x optical zoom. They also exhibit Ricoh’s now ubiquitous 1cm macro mode and fast start-up times. The new Ricoh Caplio RZ1 and R1 have shed a few millimetres from their waistline, compared to their predecessors, and now measure a slimline 25mm. Both will be available in September.

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Press Release:

Ricoh launches the Caplio RZ1 a fashionable 4.0 megapixel digital camera with 3x optical zoom lens in a 25mm super slim body

August 19th, 2004. Ricoh is proud to announce the release of the Caplio RZ1, a fashionable 4.0 megapixel digital camera with an outstanding 35 mm lens and a 3x optical zoom lens in a super slim body as thin as 25 mm. On the performance side, the Caplio RZ1 also incorporates technologies that professional photographers would appreciate – outstanding 1cm macro technology, and the combination of a 4.0 megapixel CCD and Ricoh’s unique image processor – while offering user-friendly functionality that is sure to capture the hearts of all photo enthusiasts. The Caplio RZ1 offers all these and many other features at a surprisingly reasonable price.

* As of August 2004 for all auto focus digital camera

Main Features :

4.0 megapixel CCD and Ricoh’s unique image professor ensure quality images.

A superb 4.0 megapixel CCD and the “smooth imaging engine,” Ricoh’s unique image processor, ensure sharp, rich colours and clean high-quality images even in large printed formats. This outstanding processor also shortens image-processing speed and contributes to power saving.

Incorporating Ricoh’s superior 1cm macro mode.

Be it the smallest detail of a flower petal or the intricate pattern of a butterfly’s wings, Ricoh’s impressive 1cm macro technology is designed to take close-up shots from a distance of just 1cm. The AF target shift function conveniently allows the user to pan around the image and locate the desired focus point with the operation of a button instead of moving the camera. This is especially helpful when using a tripod. With a little creativity, almost anyone can create professional-looking macro images with the Caplio RZ1. In telemacro mode, a built-in flash for shots as close as 16cm highlights objects while protecting against any unwanted whiteout effects to ensure sharp, clear macro shots.

Three power source options offer greater efficiency and reliability.

The Caplio RZ1 offers greater power efficiency and reliability with three power source options. No more missing precious photo opportunities while recharging batteries or when running out of batteries without a backup on hand. In addition to the long-life lithium ion rechargeable battery (optional) or the AC adapter (optional), the Caplio RZ1 features the unique ability to switch to AA size alkaline batteries or nickel metal hydride batteries that are widely available in stores when the occasion demands it. The Caplio RZ1 can shoot as many as 500 images* between recharges when using the lithium ion rechargeable battery, and up to 200 images* when using AA alkaline batteries.

* Under normal usage conditions (50% flash and zoom usage, LCD on, 30 seconds between shots, reviews of all photos)

Price and Availability.

The Caplio RZ1 will be available in retail from September 2004 priced at £149.99 ($226).

Press Release:

Ricoh launches the Caplio R1 – a powerful 4.0 megapixel digital camera that offers a 28mm wide-angle 4.8x optical zoom lens in a 25mm super slim body

August 18, 2004 Ricoh is proud to announce the release of the Caplio R1, a powerful 4.0 megapixel digital camera featuring an innovative lens retracting system that allows an incredible 4.8x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle shooting capability to be stored in a 25mm super slim aluminium body. The 28mm wide-angle 4.8x optical zoom lens produces the finest quality images that compact digital cameras in this class can offer. The Caplio R1 features the world’s fastest shutter response* and Ricoh’s outstanding 1cm wide macro technology. The Caplio R1 incorporates all the latest high-end features of the digital camera to satisfy even the most discerning professional, whilst offering user-friendly functionality that is sure to capture the hearts of all photo enthusiasts. That these powerful features—and more!—are encased in an elegantly sleek body as thin as 25mm and weighing a mere 165 grams is simply amazing in and of itself.

* As of August 2004 for all auto focus digital camera

Main Features :

28mm wide-angle lens opens up boundless photo opportunities

The Caplio R1’s 28mm wide-angle lens is a truly versatile feature that adds to the fun and excitement of photography. It is ideal for capturing the beauty of expansive landscapes and fitting in a large number of people in a group photo without having to take the picture from a far distance. In limited spaces where the subject is apt to fill up most of the image sans background, the Caplio R1’s wide-angle lens provides the scope to include more background. With an incredible 75-degree angle of view, it can preserve a surprising amount of scenery (and people!) on a single image—far more than with just 62 degrees offered by conventional 35mm digital cameras. The applications and advantages of the 28mm wide-angle lens are boundless.

Innovative lens mechanism incorporates a 4.8x optical zoom lens in an ultra thin 25mm body.

Underlying Caplio R1’s stunning picture-taking abilities is its unique lens design incorporating a retracting system that allows a part of the lens group to slide out from the cone and become thin enough to store in the compact body. The development of this amazing mechanism was the key in achieving a powerful 4.8x wide-angle optical zoom lens (equivalent to a 28-135mm telephoto lens on a regular 35mm camera) in a body as thin as 25mm. Coupled with a 3.6x digital zoom lens for an outstanding 17.3 zoom, distant objects are brought ever closer to the camera, while a superior lens structure featuring eight lenses placed in eight groups effectively controls and balances wide-angle zooming operations to obtain clearer images than ever before. A superb 4.0 megapixel CCD and the “smooth imaging engine,” Ricoh’s unique image processor, ensure sharp, rich colours and clean high-quality images even in large printed formats.

Super quick shutter response to seize the perfect moment!

Because picture-perfect moments are too precious to miss, Ricoh has relentlessly pursued the world’s fastest shutter response time. Incredibly, the Caplio R1 can start up and be ready to shoot in less than 0.8 seconds. Moreover, the release time is almost instantaneous—as short as 0.05 to 0.1 seconds calculated from the time the user presses the shutter button, and a miraculous 0.003 seconds or less from the time when focus lock is achieved—so the Caplio R1 is highly unlikely to miss those exquisite picture-perfect moments. A hybrid auto focusing system also ensures quality images of fast-moving objects. Furthermore, with a shooting interval of 0.9 seconds or less, continuous shooting is smooth and stress-free.

1cm “wide” macro mode inspires creativity.

Be it the smallest detail of a flower petal or the intricate pattern of a butterfly’s wings, Ricoh’s impressive 1cm macro technology is designed to take close-up shots from a distance of just 1cm. Combined with the 28mm wide macro, the Caplio R1 can take macro shots that include more background or add more depth to an image. The AF target shift function conveniently allows the user to pan around the image and locate the desired focus point without moving the camera, and is especially handy when using a tripod. Additionally, in telemacro mode, a built-in flash highlights objects as close as 13cm while protecting against any unwanted whiteout effects to ensure sharp, clear macro shots. The Caplio R1 and a little creativity are all it takes to produce professional-looking macro images.

Three power source options guarantee constant power.

The Caplio R1 effectively puts an end to digital camera battery problems. No more missing precious photo opportunities while recharging batteries or when running out of batteries without a backup at hand. In addition to the long-life lithium ion rechargeable battery (optional) and the AC adapter (optional), the Caplio R1 features the unique ability to switch to widely available AA size alkaline batteries or nickel metal hydride batteries when the occasion demands it. The Caplio R1 can shoot as many as 500 images* between recharges when using the lithium ion rechargeable battery, and up to 200 images* when using AA alkaline batteries .

* Under normal usage conditions (50% flash and zoom usage, LCD on, 30 seconds between shots, reviews of all photos)

Price and Availability.

The Caplio R1 will be available in retail from September priced at £199.99 ($300).

Ricoh Caplio RZ1and Caplio R1 specifications

 


Ricoh Caplio RZ1


Ricoh Caplio R1
Sensor

• 4.2 million pixels total
• 4.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 2304x1728
• 1600x1200
• 1280x960
• 640x480
Movie clips • 320x240
• 160x120
Lens • 35 - 105 mm
• 3x optical zoom
• 28 - 135mm
• 4.8x optical zoom
Focus

• Auto
• Manual
• Fixed

Focus distance • 0.3 m to infinity
• Telemacro: 16cm to infinity
• Macro: 1 cm
• 0.3 m to infinity
• Telemacro: 13cm to infinity
• Macro: 1 cm
Metering • Multi-light metering (256 segments)
• Center-weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• 64
• 100
• 200
• 400
• 800
Exposure compensation • +/-2EV
• 1/3 stop increments
Shutter speed Still: 8, 4, 2, 1 -1/2000 sec
Modes • Still
• Motion
• Continuous
• S-Continuous
• M-Continuous
• Still
• Still plus sound
• Motion and sound
• Voice memo
• Continuous
• S-Continuous
• M-Continuous
Scene modes • Portrait
• Sports
• Landscape
• Text
• Night Scene
• High-sensitivity
White balance • Auto
• Outdoors
• Cloudy
• Incandescent
• Fluorescent
• One Push
Flash • Built-in
• On/off, Slow Synchro, Red-eye reduction
Viewfinder Optical
LCD monitor 1.8-inch TFT LCD
Connectivity • USB
• Video out
Storage • SD/MMC card
• 12 MB internal memory
Power • AA sized NiMH or alkalkine batteries
• AA alkaline supplied
Weight (no batt or card) 150 g (5.3 oz)
Dimensions 102 x 57 x 25 mm (4 x 2.2 x 1 in) 100 x 55 x 25 mm (3.9 x 2.1 x 1in)