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Ricoh RDC-6000

Ricoh's inexpensive 2 megapixel digicam doubles as a USB webcam. (With optional software.)

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Page 1:Intro and Highlights

Review First Posted: 1/9/2001

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2.1 megapixel sensor for 1600x1200 images, 2000x1500 with interpolation
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Usable as web cam with third-party software
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Time lapse shooting mode
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USB connection for faster downloads


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Manufacturer Overview
In recent years, Ricoh has made a strong showing in the high-resolution prosumer digicam market, with its last four introductions -- the RDC-7, RDC-5300, RDC-5000, and the RDC-6000 -- all sporting 2-megapixel chips or higher. The RDC-7, introduced earlier this year, features an impressive 3.3-megapixel chip, plus some innovative features like QuickTime movies with sound and a PRO resolution mode that effectively double's the camera's image resolution. The RDC-6000 makes its mark with a low-priced (street price of approximately $300 as of this writing in late December, 2000) 2.1-megapixel chip, a wide range of shooting modes, and a strong imaging software package. Ricoh refers to it as the "world's first 'dual-mode' camera," meaning that it can be used as a web-cam to broadcast over the Internet via its USB connectivity (using optional software) and deliver full-motion AVI video capability (as well as time-lapse photography). Based on the versatility of the RDC-6000, we'll be interested to see what's next in the Ricoh line of consumer digital cameras.


Highlights

  • 2.1 megapixel CCD delivering up to 1,600 x 1,200-pixel standard image resolution images, and 2,000 x 1,480-pixel interpolated image size.
  • 1.8-inch, D-TFD, color LCD monitor.
  • 8.24mm, aspherical glass lens, equivalent to a 40mm lens on a 35mm camera.
  • Manual, auto, and fixed focus options.
  • Up to 4x digital zoom.
  • Program and Aperture Priority exposure modes.
  • Manually adjustable apertures from f/2.8 to f/13.
  • Automatically controlled shutter speeds from 1/500 to 1/4 second for still images, 1/2,000 to 1/30 second for movies.
  • Adjustable white balance with seven settings.
  • Built-in flash with four operating modes, plus a Redeye Reduction option.
  • Variable ISO with 100, 200, and 400 sensitivity settings.
  • Auto-bracketing, Text, Quick Shooting, Interval (time-lapse), Monochrome, and Movie capture modes.
  • Images saved in JPEG format to SmartMedia memory cards (8MB card included).
  • Serial and USB cables for connecting to a computer.
  • NTSC and PAL video output capability, with a video cable included.
  • Ricoh digital camera and ArcSoft software CD included, for Windows and Macintosh platforms.
  • Power from DB-20 rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, with AC adapter and battery charger included.
  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compatibility for printing images.



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