Original Source Press Release:
Ricoh announces Caplio R3 (UPDATED)|
(Wednesday, September 7, 2005 - 09:00 EDT)
As predicted on our news page a week ago, Ricoh Japan has today unveiled a new digital camera model that crams a 7.1x optical zoom lens into an ultracompact body.
Ricoh is calling the new camera the smallest digicam in the world with a 5x or greater optical zoom lens. The Ricoh Caplio R3's lens spans a range from a useful 28mm wide angle to 200mm telephoto. Thickness is kept down courtesy of a new "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. Despite this relatively complex mechanism, the camera starts up in just 1.1 seconds.
The R3's lens is coupled with a five megapixel CCD imager. To ensure the lens remains useful in a range of lighting conditions, Ricoh mounts the sensor on a moving platter, where it can be moved for a CCD shift-type image stabilisation system, dubbed "Vibration Correction" in Ricoh parlance. This apparently has minimal impact on the battery life, as Ricoh rates the camera for 310 shots to CIPA standards when using the Vibration Correction system.
Other features include a prefocused shutter lag of 0.007 seconds, two frames per second burst shooting, 2.5" LCD display (but no optical or electronic viewfinders), macro focusing to 1cm, and Ricoh's skew correction function which automatically corrects distorted shots of whiteboards and the like. Images are stored on SD / MMC cards or 26MB of built-in memory, and transferred via USB connection to a computer. The camera also supports PictBridge for direct printing, and offers a video output connection for reviewing images on your TV.
Pricing and availability have not been announced at this time.
UPDATED 2005-09-07 09:16ET: Further specifications added.
|Ricoh Caplio R3 |
|Camera Type ||Ultra Compact |
|Manufacturer ||Ricoh |
|Model Number ||R3 |
|Dimensions ||3.7 x 2.1 x 1.0" |
95.0 x 53.0 x 26.0mm
|Weight ||135.0 g |
|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 |
7.1x optical zoom
|Image Stabilization ||Yes |
|Focal Length ||4.6 - 33.0mm (actual) |
28 - 200mm (35mm equivalent)
|Focusing System ||TTL with AF assist lamp |
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
|Focusing Range ||Normal: 12" - infinity (30 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, 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 - 1.8 m (tele)
|Scene Modes ||Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Night Scene, 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 2.2) |
|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 |
|More Photos |
UPDATED 2005-09-07 10:01ET: Numerous high-resolution product photos added.
UPDATED 2005-09-07 10:26ET: Still more specifications added.
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|Introducing the Caplio R3: HUGE 7.1x optical zoom + vibration control in a pocketable body|
Tokyo, September 7, 2005. Ricoh Co., Ltd., (president and CEO: Masamitsu Sakurai) announced the release of the new Caplio R3 compact digital camera featuring a 7.1x optical wide zoom, largest in the compact class* (28–200 mm in 35 mm camera format), and vibration correction function.
* Among digital cameras lighter than 150g as of Sep 6th
With a smaller body, the new Caplio R3, has a 7.1x (28—200 mm) wide-angle, high-powered zoom lens, the biggest in its class. The lens was created by adopting the newly developed Double Retracting Lens System, an advance on the highly successful Retracting Lens System, the original lens storage system engineered by Ricoh for its innovative products.
Moreover, to address blurred images caused by hand movement inherent to long focal ranges, the Caplio R3 avoids this problem in telephoto, macro, or indoor shots with the vibration correction function.
By letting the lens assembly fully retract into the camera body during storage, the wide-angle, high-powered zoom lens is more compact and pocketable.
Ricoh has historically manufactured products based on the concept of Expandability. In addition to the wide-angle high powered zoom, the new Caplio R3 expands the range of shooting even further by employing such enhanced features as 1cm macro function - Ricoh’s specialty - and quick response times.
Major Features of the Caplio R3
- 7.1x wide zoom lens, largest in its class, in a 26mm body!
Vibration Correction function, based on a newly developed CCD shift method.
- The newly developed Double Retracting Lens System, allows the lens assembly to be stored in the camera body during lens storage. This enables the body, a mere 26 mm, to have a 28–200 mm 7.1x wide zoom lens. (The Caplio R2 has a 28–135 mm 4.8x lens.)
- The highly versatile Caplio R3 delivers outstanding results in practically any photographic situation, whether it’s capturing a panoramic landscape in one shot, wide-angle images in a room where everything is very close, or the fine details of distant objects.
The macro function, a Ricoh specialty, was strengthened.
- Whenever it detects excessive camera motion, the vibration correction system, based on a newly developed CCD shift method, moves the CCD in the opposite direction to counterbalance camera shake, resulting in sharp pictures that would have been blurred otherwise.
- As it is not necessary to incorporate the vibration correction system into the lens, many lens design options, were available, facilitating the design of a slim body and a wide to long telephoto range lens.
- The Caplio R3 shows its effectiveness best in high-powered telephoto, macro, or indoor shots without using flash. Once again the vibration correction system allows for sharp images that would not be possible otherwise.
The skew correction function
- The camera’s macro mode, can take a macro shot of an object from just 1 cm away.
- The new zoom macro function automatically sets the focal distance of the lens at the optimum distance for capturing an image of each object as large and close as possible.
- If AF Target Selection is used, it is even possible to focus on objects within the frame without moving the camera. By determining the optimum field of view, taking into consideration such information as the size or contrast of the object, focusing accuracy becomes that much higher when shooting in macro.
The popular high speed response capability enables stress-free shooting.
- Through an original algorithm, which automatically detects trapezoids in images and corrects them to rectangles, images of such things as blackboards, documents, or time schedules shot at any angle can be corrected so that the image looks as though it were shot from the front. The camera is most effective in business environments where blackboards, over head projector, OHPs, time schedules, signs, etc. cannot be shot from the front.
The long-life rechargeable battery, a standard accessory, lets you shoot approx. 310 pictures.
- Release time lag (the time from the instant the shutter button is fully pressed—without using focus lock—until exposure actually starts) is as fast as approx. 0.09sec. on average. Quick responses are essential in order to capture picture-perfect but near-instantaneous moments such as the expressions and movement of children or pets. Now stress-free, near-instantaneous shots are possible.
- Time calculated from the instant the focus is locked (half-press) until exposure actually starts is a miraculous 0.007 seconds on average.
- Shooting interval and start time are both rapid, approx. 0.5 and 1.1 seconds, respectively (measured while the flash is off).
The 5.13 million square pixel CCD and original image processing system enable shooting of high-definition pictures.
- Thanks to the power-saving features of the internal circuit, it is possible to capture up to 310 separate images under CIPA standards using the standard accessory rechargeable battery even while using the large LCD display.
Sporting such features as the 2.5-inch large-scale LCD, the camera achieves high operational performance.
- The CCD is effective up to 5.13 million square pixels with the Smooth Imaging Engine image processing system. Combined with the vibration correction function, representative, superior, high-definition images can be created.
- It is possible to select a 35mm aspect ratio (the horizontal to vertical ratio of the image) of 3:2.
A design combining beauty with portability
- The Caplio R3 has an easy-to-see 2.5-inch large-scale LCD monitor.
- During playback, 12 pictures can be displayed simultaneously on the large screen. While checking previous and subsequent pictures, the screen can be separated into three parts to allow fast forwarding and rewinding.
- The brightness of the LCD can be increased to maximum with a single touch and visibility can be adjusted to suit well-lighted areas.
- The design combines functionality and texture with such features as a comfortable grip, easy-to-use controls, high-grade materials, surface finishing, and a compact body of 95.0 mm (W) x 53.0 mm (H) x 26.0 mm (D).