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Ricoh Caplio R7

Aug 28, 2007 at 16:06 GMT

Ricoh has updated its R-series of big-zoom compacts with the Caplio R7. The optical specs remain the same as its predecessor the R6 with a 28-200mm equivalent lens and CCD-shift image stabilization but the capture side gets an overhaul with an 8.15 megapixel sensor - up from 7.2 MP - and an upgrade to image processing with Smooth Imaging Engine III. Available in black, silver or orange, the Caplio R7 will be in UK shops from September 2007 at under £230.

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Press release (UK):

RICOH Caplio R7

7.1x Wide-Angle Digital Camera Features Low Noise in High-Sensitivity Photography

Tokyo, Japan – August 28, 2007 – Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president and CEO: Shiro Kondo) has developed and introduced the new Caplio R7 digital camera. With a new image processing engine and a 7.1x optical wide zoom lens (28–200 mm in 35 mm camera format) mounted on a slim body only 20.6 mm at its thinnest point, the Caplio R7 takes digital photography to an even higher level of image quality.

The new Caplio R7 is the successor to the award winning Caplio R6 (launched March 23, 2007), which earned high recognition for its slim body, wide-angle zoom lens, vibration correction, and face recognition mode.

With a new image processing engine and a 7.1x optical wide zoom lens (28–200 mm in 35 mm camera format) mounted on a slim body only 20.6 mm at its thinnest point, the Caplio R7 takes digital photography to an even higher level of image quality.

Retaining the best features of earlier models, the Caplio R7 further enhances the line’s established reputation for high image quality with the introduction of:

  1. Smooth Imaging Engine III, a new image processing engine capable of even more sophisticated image processing, and
  2. An effective 8.15 megapixel CCD for outstanding results.

In addition, the Caplio R7 achieves a variety of other evolutionary advances in fun and easy photography with enhanced usability for its unique ADJ. (Adjust) button function, which makes it easy to set exposure compensation and white balance. The introduction of brightness and colour-tone functions allows still image brightness and colour-tone to be adjusted in the camera after the picture is taken.

Available colours: Silver, Black and Orange

Available: September 2007 at £229.99 inc vat.

Main features of the new Caplio R7

1. The introduction of the new image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine III makes higher-picture-quality photography possible.

2. The Caplio R7 comes equipped with a new high-resolution 8.15 megapixel CCD.

3. The Caplio 7 features a 7.1x wide angle zoom lens on a body measuring only 20.6mm at the thinnest point - the slimmest in its class.*
*As of August 27, among compact digital cameras with 28 mm (35 mm camera format) 5X or greater optical wide zoom lenses.

4. Enhanced usability when shooting

5. Image editing functions allow for a variety of changes to images after shooting in the camera

6. Popular vibration correction function and face recognition mode

7. Wide viewing angle, high contrast 2.7-inch LCD

8. Powerful macro functions, a Ricoh specialty

9. Three types of bracketing functions

Accessories included:

Rechargeable Battery DB-70 / Battery Charger BJ-7 / USB Cable / AV Cable / Handstrap / Software CD-ROM / Instruction Manuals

Ricoh Caplio R7 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 8.29 million pixels total
• 8.15 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 3264 x 2448
• 3264 x 2176 (3:2)
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480

Movie clips • 640 x 480 15/30 fps
• 320 x 240 15/30 fps
File formats • JPEG Exif v2.21
• AVI (Motion JPEG)
Lens

• 7.1x optical zoom
• 4.6 - 33 mm (28 - 200 35 mm equiv)
• F3.3- F5.2
• Step Zoom function gives 7 fixed focal lengths: 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 105mm, 135mm, 200mm

Optical image stabilization Yes (CCD-shift type)
Digital zoom up to 4.8x
Focus modes • Autofocus
• Manual Focus
• Snap focus (hyperfocal)
• Infinity lock
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • 30 cm - ∞ (Wide)
• 1.0 m - ∞ (Telephoto)
• 1 cm - ∞ (Macro Wide)
• 25 cm - ∞ (Telephoto)
Metering • Multi Light Metering (256 segments)
• Center-weighted Light Metering
• Spot Metering
Live Histogram Yes
ISO sensitivity • Auto ISO
• Auto Hi-ISO
• ISO 64
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps
Exposure bracketing

+/- 0.5EV

Shutter speed 8-1/2000 sec
Modes • Still
• Continuous
• S-Continuous
• M-Continuous
• Scene Modes
Scene modes

• Portrait
• Face
• Sports
• Landscape
• Nightscape
• High Sensitivity
• Zoom Macro
• B&W
• Sepia
• Skew correction
• Text
• Movie
• My Setting 1+2

White balance • Auto
• Fixed (Outdoors, Cloudy, Incandescent Lamp, Incandescent Lamp2, Fluorescent Lamp, Manual settings)
WB fine tune White Balance Bracket
Self timer 2 or 10 sec
Continuous shooting Yes
Flash • Flash Off
• Auto
• Red-eye Flash
• Flash on
• Flash Synchro
• Soft Flash
• Range (Auto ISO): Wide: 0.2 - 3.0 m (7.9 in - 9.8 ft), Tele: 0.2 - 2.0m (7.9 in - 6.6 ft)
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.7" Transparent Amorphous Silicon TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixels
Connectivity

• USB 2.0 Hi-speed (Mass storage device compatible)
• AV output (NTSC/PAL switchable)

Print compliance • EXIF 2.21
• DPOF
• DCF compliant
Storage • SD/SDHC/MMC card
• 24 MB internal memory
Power • DB-70 Li-Ion cell
• Charger included (BJ-7)
Weight (no batt) 135 g (4.8 oz)
Dimensions 99.6 x 55 x 23.3 mm (3.9 x 2.2 x 0.9 in)

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