Ricoh Introduces 4-Megapixel Digital Camera Under US$700

Ricoh has introduced an aggressively priced 4-megapixel digital camera called the Caplio RR1. The Caplio RR1 can shoot at resolutions of up to 2272 x 1704, and includes the capability of shooting in lower resolutions. The camera can also make voice recordings in addition to motion imaging. From Ricoh:

Ricoh today announced the multimedia 4-megapixel Caplio RR1 digital camera. This powerful USB-enabled camera, available now, offers three operating modes, digital still, voice and motion picture. The camera ships standard with a 64MB SmartMedia card and 8 MB of onboard memory, for a whopping 72MB of memory out of the box. At $699, Ricoh has lowered entry cost barriers associated with 4-megapixel digital cameras and expanded the appeal to avid photographers as well as to digital imaging enthusiasts and business users.

Capturing crisp resolutions of 2272 x 1704 dpi, the compact Caplio RR1 features Ricohis famous pivoting LCD viewer and offers a 10.8X zoom capability. The camera also boasts high-end professional features like a 3x optical zoom, 0.4-inch super-macro for extremely close-up shots, continuous shooting capability and time lapse.

Four million pixels produces photographic quality prints up to 11 x 17-inches. Storage is also flexible, with selectable scales of 2272 x 1704, 1120 X 840 pixels and 640 X 480 pixels plus four compression settings of Fine, Normal, Economy and Non-compressed.

Many of the RR1is powerful features, designed for the most discerning photographer, make the camera remarkably easy to use. For example, the lens architecture uses three aspherical lens elements to minimize light dispersion and maximize light refraction to get a remarkable 200 mm/line resolution across the entire zoom range. The result is stunning crispness and color reproduction on every image captured.

The unique and powerful RR1 feature set includes text mode, which records printed material or a whiteboard in a black-and-white image that can be made even more readable by adjusting density. Also, an in-camera cropping tool trims images directly in the LCD or on a PC, so initial composition is less critical and special outputs like digital postcards are easy to create. The camera even has dual shutters positioned for vertical or horizontal pictures, backed up by an in-camera editor that allows a picture to be rotated after taking it.

The slimline Caplio RR1 is only 26.6 mm (1 in) thin with a sleek metallic body design that fits it comfortably into a shirt pocket. It is set off by Ricohis famous large LCD viewer, approximately 200,000 pixels of clear screen that rotates and swivels at various angles and accurately displays the image the user will get, even at the most challenging positions.

The Caplio RR1 is priced at US$699. You can find more information on the camera at Ricohis Web site.