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Ricoh's Caplio RR630 digital camera. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Ricoh unveils Caplio RR630
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 13:12 EST)

Consumer electronics and office automation company Ricoh has today announced a new digital camera model in Europe and Asia that offers a 3x optical zoom lens and six megapixel imager in a compact, affordable package.

The Ricoh Caplio RR630 features both an optical viewfinder - an increasingly rare option these days - and 2.0" LCD display for image framing and review, and accepts power from two AA batteries. There's a choice of USB 1.1 and NTSC / PAL connectivity, and images are stored on Secure Digital cards, or in 16MB of built-in memory. Four scene modes cater to beginner photographers, and while there's no manual controls, more experienced users will still have a little extra control over their images courtesy of exposure compensation and white balance presets. A 320 x 240 resolution video mode at 24 frames per second is also available to capture spontaneous movie clips.

The Ricoh Caplio RR630 goes on sale in the United Kingdom from March, priced at a recommended £129.99 inclusive of value-added tax. Plans for sale in regions outside of Europe and Asia haven't been announced at the current time.

Ricoh Caplio RR630
Ricoh's Caplio RR630 digital camera. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Ricoh
Model Number RR630
Dimensions 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.1"
91.0 x 61.0 x 27.0mm
Weight 150.0 g
5.2 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/1.8" CCD
6.20 megapixels (total)
6.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 2848 x 2136 (6.1 megapixels)
2272 x 1704 (3.9 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality 3 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, Real-image optical zoom
LCD 2.0", 130,000 pixels
Lens
Lens Type 3x optical zoom
Focal Length 7.5 - 22.5mm (actual)
36 - 108mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.8 (tele) - ???
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.4" - infinity (6.0 cm - infinity)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 64, 100, 200
Shutter Speed 1 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Program
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Flash Off
Range: Wide: 0.6m-2.4m; Tele: 0.6m-2.1m
Creative
Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Scene
Digital Zoom 4x
Self Timer Yes, 2/10/2+10 seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 24 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 1.1
Power
Battery Type Alkaline disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA
Product Bundle
Flash Memory 16.0MB built-in memory
Other
Remote Control No
 

Original Source Press Release:

Ricoh unveils the new Caplio RR630

Stylish 6.1-megapixel digital camera delivering stunning photos with easy-to-use controls. A pocket-sized gem!

London – UK February 23rd 2006. – Ricoh is delighted to announce the release of the Caplio RR630 - a compact 6.1-megapixel digital camera that brings the joy of digital photography within reach of even first time users.

The CaplioRR630 is the latest addition to Ricoh’s popular, award-winning range of digital cameras, whose outstanding performance, value for money and stylish designs have won favour with photographers around the world. The RR630 consistently produces vivid, crystal-clear images that place it a touch above other cameras in its class. Equipped with a 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom, for a combined 12x zoom, the RR630 is ready to take on any photographic challenge.

Weighing in at just 150g*, the RR630’s sleek, compact body fits easily into the palm of your hand or your pocket. Taking great photos has never been easier - with the RR630 it really is as simple as “point and shoot”. With this smooth operator, even absolute beginners will have no trouble wowing their friends and family with stunning digital images. For those who like to take control of their photos, the RR630’s Mode dial has plenty of creative options, including a movie mode and four scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Sports and Night. As the resolution 130,000 brightness of the large 2.0-inch LCD monitor is easily adjusted, you can view your images clearly in any light. Transferring photos to a PC is a breeze with the RR630’s USB connector. And with 16 MB of internal memory, the RR630 is ready to shoot straight out of the box. It also features an SD Card slot, enabling the use of this widely used storage medium.

If you are looking for a stylish, compact digital camera, look no further than the Caplio RR630! The world of digital photography is just a shutter-press away.
* Without battery and SD card

Main Features of the Caplio RR630:

1. 6.1megapixel CCD.
The RR630’s 6.1-megapixel CCD delivers high image quality every time. Prints, even as large as A4 size, turn out bright, sharp and full of rich detail.
2. 3x optical zoom plus 4x digital zoom.
The RR630’s 3x optical zoom has a long enough reach for most scenes. But when you need to get even closer, using the 4x digital zoom produces a total of up to 12x zoom.

3. Movie mode and four scene modes.
The RR630 records movies, plus it comes with four scene modes that optimise the camera’s settings for a particular type of subject.

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

5. 16MB internal memory and SD Card slot.
The RR630 boasts 16MB of internal memory. For extra storage capacity, just insert an SD Card (sold separately).

6. Big bright 2.0" LCD monitor.
The large 2.0"LCD with 130,000 pixel resolution allows for accurate clear play back of images immediately after shooting.

7. Accepts regular AA batteries.
AA batteries can be bought almost anywhere, making the RR630 the perfect partner whenever you’re on the move.

8. Fast, simple PC connectivity.
Connect the RR630 to a computer with the USB cable and you can enhance your photos and even create panoramic images with the included software.

Price and Availability:
The Caplio RR630 will be available from March RRP £129.99 inc

About Ricoh:
A pioneer in digital office equipment, Ricoh provides state-of-the-art multifunctional printing devices tailored to corporate office customer needs, and offers a broad range of digital, networked products, including copiers, printers, fax machines, DVD/CD media, and digital cameras.

With 347 consolidated subsidiaries worldwide, Ricoh employs 75,100 people with consolidated sales of 1.81 trillion YEN.

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