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Ricoh's Caplio R30 digital camera. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Ricoh announces Caplio R30
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 14:06 EST)

Ricoh Japan has today unveiled a new digital camera model that is closely based on its existing Caplio R3 model, but with a couple of changes that are likely intended to allow reduced pricing.

Ricoh dubbed the original Caplio R3 the "smallest digicam in the world with a 5x or greater optical zoom lens" when it was announced last September. The Ricoh Caplio R30 offers the exact same dimensions and weight as the original R3 model, but with a slightly reduced lens range at the telephoto end. Where the original R3 offered a range of 28 - 200mm, the R30 provides a range of 28 - 160mm. As with the R3, body thickness is kept down courtesy of a "double retracting lens system", which separately moves two lens elements into the optical path when the lens extends as the camera is powered up, and removes them again as the camera powers off.

The R30's lens is coupled with a five megapixel CCD imager, the same as the original R3 model. However, where the R3's sensor was mounted on a moving platter, allowing it to be used for a CCD shift-type image stabilisation system, the R30's sensor is fixed in place. Hence, the R30 cannot offer the Vibration Reduction system from the original R3.

Other features of the Caplio R30 are largely the same as the original R3 model. The only other differences we noted between the spec sheets are that the flash range at telephoto is just slightly further for the R3 (since it doesn't have as powerful a zoom), and that the battery life was slightly increased for the R3 (likely because the CIPA standard battery test requires the entire zoom range to be traversed once between each shot, and possibly also because there is now no CCD shifting to consume battery power).

Pricing and availability of the Caplio R30 have not been announced at this time.

Ricoh Caplio R30
Ricoh's Caplio R3 digital camera. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type Ultra Compact
Manufacturer Ricoh
Model Number R30
Dimensions 3.7 x 2.1 x 1.0"
95.0 x 53.0 x 26.0mm
Weight 135.0 g
4.7 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
5.25 megapixels (total)
5.13 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions 2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2592 x 1728 (4.5 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 Ricoh Zoom Lens
5.7x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 4.6 - 26.4mm (actual)
28 - 160mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/3.3 (wide) / f4.8 (tele) - ???
Focusing System TTL with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 12" - infinity (30 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4"
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, Overcast, Tungsten Light 1 & 2, Fluorescent, Manual, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction,On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Range: 0.2 m - 2.4 m (wide) / 0.14 m - 1.85 m (tele)
Scene Modes Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Night Scene, Tilt Correction, Text, Zoom Macro, 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: 30 frames per second
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format TIFF (MMR system ITU-T.6), JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 1.1
Other DC In
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary DB-60
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger Proprietary DB-60 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 26.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Tripod Mount Yes

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