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Ricoh's Caplio R30 digital camera. Courtesy of Ricoh, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Ricoh announces Caplio R30
(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 TypeUltra Compact
Model NumberR30
Dimensions3.7 x 2.1 x 1.0"
95.0 x 53.0 x 26.0mm
Weight135.0 g
4.7 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type1/2.5" CCD
5.25 megapixels (total)
5.13 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Aspect Ratio4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions2592 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 Quality2 levels
Image Preview / Review
LCD2.5", 114,000 pixels
Lens TypeRicoh Zoom Lens
5.7x optical zoom
Image StabilizationNo
Focal Length4.6 - 26.4mm (actual)
28 - 160mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/3.3 (wide) / f4.8 (tele) - ???
Focusing SystemTTL with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing RangeNormal: 12" - infinity (30 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4"
ISO SensitivityAuto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800
Shutter Speed8 - 1/2000 second
Metering Modes256-segment multi, center-weighted, spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten Light 1 & 2, Fluorescent, Manual, Manual
Internal FlashModes: 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 ModesPortrait, Sports, Landscape, Night Scene, Tilt Correction, Text, Zoom Macro, High-Sensitivity
Digital Zoom3.6x
Self TimerYes, 2 or 10 seconds
Time LapseYes
Movie FormatAVI (Open DML Motion JPEG) with audio
320x240 and 160x120
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Recording MediumSD/MMC, Built-in
File SystemComplies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatTIFF (MMR system ITU-T.6), JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 1.1
OtherDC In
Battery TypeLithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary DB-60
Product Bundle
Battery / ChargerProprietary DB-60 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory26.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Tripod MountYes

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