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Ricoh's Caplio R2 digital camera. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Ricoh Caplio R2: 5mpix wide zoom
(Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 14:37 EST)

Ricoh Japan has today taken the wraps off a new digital camera model featuring a 4.8x wide zoom lens, the latest addition to its Caplio range.

The Ricoh Caplio R2 offers an unusually wide 28 - 135mm zoom range, coupled with a 5.02 effective megapixel RGB CCD image sensor. The camera forgoes any form of optical viewfinder, instead offering one of the larger 2.5" LCD displays that seem to be in vogue this year.

The camera offers versatility in its selection of power source - either a bundled proprietary DB-50 rechargeable battery, or two AA batteries that can be purchased just about anywhere if you're caught with an uncharged battery. Images are stored in 28MB of built-in memory, or on Secure Digital / MultiMediaCard media. They can be transferred to a computer over a USB 1.1 connection, or viewed on a TV courtesy of a switchable NTSC / PAL video connection.

The Ricoh Caplio R2 will ship from March 18th, with monthly production of 50,000 units. Pricing has not been publicly disclosed at this time.

Twelve sample images shot with the camera can be seen on Ricoh Japan's website.

Ricoh Caplio R2
Ricoh's Caplio R2 digital camera. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Ricoh
Model Number R2
Dimensions 3.9 x 2.2 x 1.0"
100.2 x 55.0 x 25.8mm
Weight 195.0 g
6.8 oz
Planned Availability Mar 2005
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
5.19 megapixels (total)
5.02 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1280 x 960 (1.2 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality 2 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.5", 114,000 pixels
Lens Type 4.8x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 4.6 - 22.2mm (actual)
28 - 135mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/3.3 (wide) / f/4.8 (tele) - ???
Focusing System with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 12" - infinity (30 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - infinity (1.0 cm - infinity)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800
Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2000 second
Metering Modes 256-segment multi, center-weighted, spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent 1 / 2, Fluorescent, One Touch, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced, Slow Sync, Off
Range: ISO Auto: 0.2 - 2.7m (wide); 0.13 - 2.1m (tele)
Scene Modes Portrait, Sport, Landscape, Night, Text, High Sensitivity
Digital Zoom 3.6x
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Time Lapse Yes
Movie Format AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG) with audio
320x240 and 160x120
Max. frame-rate: 15 frames per second
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format TIFF, JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 1.1
Other DC In
Battery Type Rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA or 1 x proprietary DB-50
Product Bundle
Software Ricoh Gate La, Image Mixer 1.6, USB / WIA drivers, Mounter, Caplio Rescue, Acrobat Reader, DirectX, Ridoc Desk 2000 Lt, Caplio Transfer Software
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary DB-50 rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 28.0MB built-in memory
Internal Microphone Yes
Remote Control No
Operating System Compatibility Windows, MacOS
More Photos
Ricoh's Caplio R2 digital camera. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

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