Comdex: Ricoh rolls out 4.13 megapixel camera

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Ricoh announced the multimedia 4-megapixel Caplio RR1 digital camera today at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas. It's USB-enabled and offers three operating modes -- digital still, voice and motion picture.

"It's aggressively priced at US$699 and ships with an industry leading 72MB of memory," Ricoh spokesperson Brian Solis told MacCentral. "The RR1 is very thin (one-inch) and sleek and is by far the only camera that James Bond would select out of any digital camera lineup."

The camera ships standard with a 64MB SmartMedia card and 8MB of onboard memory, for 72MB of memory out of the box. Capturing resolutions of 2272 x 1704 dpi, the RR1 is targeted to avid photographers, as well as to digital imaging enthusiasts and business users.

The digital camera features Ricoh's pivoting LCD viewer. The large LCD viewer boasts approximately 200,000 pixels of clear screen that rotates and swivels at various angles. The RR1 also sports high-end professional features like a 3x optical zoom, 0.4-inch super-macro for extremely close-up shots, continuous shooting capability and time lapse.

Four million pixels produce photographic quality prints up to 11- x 17-inches. Storage is also flexible, with selectable scales of 2272 x 1704, 1120 X 840 pixels and 640 X 480 pixels plus four compression settings of Fine, Normal, Economy and Non-compressed.

Many of the RR1's features make the camera easy to use, according to Jeff Lengyel, marketing manager for Ricoh's Digital Camera Division. For example, the lens architecture uses three aspherical lens elements to minimize light dispersion and maximize light refraction to get a 200mm/line resolution across the entire zoom range. The result is "stunning crispness and color reproduction on every image captured," Lengyel said.

The RR1 feature set includes text mode, which records printed material or a whiteboard in a black-and-white image that can be made even more readable by adjusting density. Also, an in-camera cropping tool trims images directly in the LCD or on a personal computer. The camera even has dual shutters positioned for vertical or horizontal photos, pictures, backed up by an in-camera editor that allows a picture to be rotated after taking it. And the Caplio RR1 boasts a sleek metallic body design that fits into a shirt pocket.

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