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Ricoh's G700SE digital camera, shown with BR-1 laser barcode reader attached. Photo provided by Ricoh Co. Ltd. Ricoh G700SE: Rugged digicam comes to the USA
(Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 13:52 EDT)

Ricoh Americas Corp. has today announced planned availability of the Ricoh G700SE in the US market.

Recently announced in Japan, the Ricoh G700SE is a variant of the ruggedized G700 digital camera with added connectivity options. The Ricoh G700SE retains its sibling's impressive waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof body which can safely be cleaned with ethanol or hypochlorous acid-based disinfectants. The G700SE also retains the same array of unusual features that include include a security function that allows password protection of the camera to prevent unauthorized use, image playback, or settings changes, and even to require use of SanDisk's single-write WORM memory cards. The G700SE can also secure images as they're captured, so that any subsequent modifications to the images can be detected using the supplied Ricoh EC1 software package, and can further read a variety of linear and matrix barcodes placed in front of the lens, then store this information in the EXIF header of an image.

Changes in the new model include the addition of Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR and 802.11b/g wifi connectivity, and a port compatible with optional side-mounted GPS and laser barcode reader accessories, making the G700SE even better suited to business use. Pricing and availability of the Ricoh G700SE in the United States market were not available at press time.

For more details, read our Ricoh G700SE preview.

Ricoh G700SE
Ricoh's G700SE digital camera, shown with GP-1 GPS unit attached, and BR-1 laser barcode reader adjacent. Photo provided by Ricoh Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeCompact
Model NumberNorth America: G700SE
Dimensions4.7 x 2.8 x 1.6 in.
(119 x 71 x 41 mm)
Weight11.1 oz (314 g)
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCCD
1/2.3" (approx. 0.43 in. diagonal)
12.40 megapixels (total)
12.10 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions4000 x 3000 (12.0 megapixels)
3984 x 2656 (10.6 m egapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
1280 x 960 (1.2 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality2 levels
Image Preview / Review
LCD3.0 in. diagonal
920,000 dots (approx. 307,000 pixels)
Playback Zoom16.0x max
Lens TypeRicoh zoom; 11 elements in 9 groups plus 1 prism
5x optical zoom
37mm lens thread
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length5.0 - 25.0mm (actual)
28 - 140mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/3.5 (wide) / f/5.5 (tele) - ???
Focusing SystemCCD contrast detection multi / spot
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing RangeNormal: 12" - infinity (30 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 4,082" (1 cm - 10,000 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 , 3200
Shutter Speed8 - 1/1500 second
Exposure ModesProgram
Metering Modes256-segment mult , center-weighted, spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Outdoors, Cloudy, Incandescent 1, Incandescent 2, Fluorescent, Manual, Ring Light
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Anti Red-eye, On, Synchro, Off
Range: Approx. 20 cm to 10.0 m (Wide-angle), approx. 40 cm to 6.2 m (Telephoto), ISO AUTO/ISO 1600, from the front of the lens
Scene ModesHigh Sensitivity, Firefighting, Skew Correct, Text, Zoom Macro, Movie
Digital Zoom4x
Self TimerYes, 2 or 10 seconds
Time LapseYes
Movie Format< /td>AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG) without audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC including SDHC, Built-in
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.21)
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed, Bluetooth, WiFi
OtherDC Input, Wireless LAN (802.11b/g) & Bluetooth (Ver.2.1+EDR ) built-in. Optional barcode scanner (BR-1) or GPS (GP-1) module
Battery TypeLithium-ion or NiMH rechargeable, Alk. disposable
Battery Form FactorProprietary DB-65 or 2 x AAA
Product Bundle
Flash Memory103.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
NotesJIS/IEC waterproof grade 8, shooting to a water depth of approx. five meters for as long as two hours. JIS/IEC dustproof grade 6. Shockproof to MIL Standard 810F, able to withstand falls from 2.0 meters, even when powered on. If optional 22mm wide conversion lens is attached, drop height to pass MIL-810F is reduced to 1.5 meters. External cleaning possible with ethanol and hypochlorous acid disinfectants. Operating temperature: –10 °C to 40 °C. Bar Codes Supported (when read with camera unit itself) Linear: EAN-13/8 (JAN-13/8), UPC-A/E, UPC/EAN (with add-ons), Interleaved 2 of 5, CODEBAR (NW-7), CODE 39, CODE 93, CODE 128 TYPE C, GS1-128 (EAN-128), and RSS (GS1 DataBar) Matrix: QR Code, Micro QR Code, DataMatrix(ECC200), PDF417, Micro PDF417, MaxiCode, EAN・UCC Composite (GS1 DataBar Composite) Bluetooth® Communication Part Communication Method Bluetooth® standard Ver. 2.1+EDR Output Bluetooth® standard Power Class 2 Communication Range※14 Approximately 10 m (line of sight) Supported Bluetooth® Profiles※15 BIP, OPP, SPP Frequency Band 2.4 GHz band (2.400 GHz - 2.4835 GHz) Wireless LAN Communication Part Compliance Standard IEEE802.11b/g Transmission Method IEEE802.11g: OFDM IEEE802.11b: DSSS, DQPSK, DBPSK Data Transfer Speed※16 IEEE802.11g: 54M/48M/36M/24M/18M/12M/9M/6M (bps) IEEE802.11b: 11M/5.5M/2M/1M (bps) Communication Range※17 Approximately 30 m This varies depending on the location of the devices, usage environment, and usage conditions. Security Protocol WEP (64/128bit), WPA-PSK (TKIP/AES), WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES) Frequency Band 2.4 GHz band (2.412 - 2.462 GHz)
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Ricoh's G700SE digital camera, shown with BR-1 laser barcode reader attached. Photo provided by Ricoh Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!
Ricoh's G700SE digital camera, shown with BR-1 laser barcode reader attached. Photo provided by Ricoh Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Ricoh Announces G700SE Digital Camera with Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi

WEST CALDWELL, N.J., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment and advanced document management solutions and services, today announced the release of its newest solution-enabled (SE) digital camera, the G700SE. The ruggedized, water and dust proof camera is an improvement on the G500SE, continuing in the tradition of Ricoh SE products.

Complete with wireless data communication capabilities (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth®, the G700SE uses Global Positioning System (GPS) functions and laser barcode readers. The camera also features a Scandisk card (SD-1), which provides a higher level of security with password-enabled access. By sliding the card into the camera, a user can only read information by entering the correct password.

Among the improvements found in the G700SE is a more robust and advanced GPS option, with an increased accuracy from six to three meters. This provides more reliable position and direction information. The camera has the ability to migrate information online to various mapping applications such as Google Maps, Google Earth and ESRI's ArcGIS solutions, which in turn can aid in pinpointing location with satellite imagery that is useful in forestry, geological studies and wildlife preserves, to name a few applications.

"The G700SE is the present and future of solution-enabled cameras and will be our flagship model," said Yuki Uchida, Vice President of New Business Development. "We have already received interest from healthcare organizations and law enforcement communities to use the G700SE, and we are thrilled to be a part of this cutting edge technology"

The laser barcode reader unit makes it is possible to do rapid recognition of linear barcodes. This capability makes the G700SE a powerful tool for a wide range of operations, including facility maintenance of electric, gas, and water utilities. Ricoh owns the unique memo patent that allows users to collect memo data while taking images from the G700SE, along with a time, date and location stamp, which can be transferred wirelessly or directly among departments within an organization. The barcode option is especially useful in data management, such as warehouse logistics, where damaged items can be documented for insurance purposes, utilizing images and onboard memo data.

The previous 500SE version has been used by various industries in the public and private sectors. One example of the SE camera capabilities is the GEO tagged photos that facilitated efforts related to the recent oil clean-up in the Gulf of Mexico. The camera's GPS option helped to expedite the deployment process by providing exact GEO location data along with critical time stamp information and embedded images taken on land or in the air.

The G700SE offers 12 megapixels resolution, with a 5x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom. The flash has a maximum range of 10 m and it has a 28 to 140 mm wide-angle zoom lens. It has a compact body size of 118.8 mm (W) x 71.0 mm (H) x 41.0 nm (D) and weighs about 286 g.

Further information on Ricoh solutions can be found at www.ricoh-usa.com.

About Ricoh Americas Corporation
Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company, Ltd., the 74-year-old leading provider of advanced office technology and innovative document imaging products, services and software, with fiscal year 2009 sales in excess of $21 billion.

Ricoh's fully integrated hardware and customizable services and software help businesses share information efficiently and effectively by enabling customers to control the input, management and output of documents.

Ricoh Americas Corporation, directly or through its network of authorized dealers, markets and distributes products in North, Central and South America.

Information about Ricoh's complete range of offerings can be found at www.ricoh-usa.com.

© 2010 Ricoh Americas Corporation. All rights reserved. All other company or product names, and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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