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Ricoh Caplio RZ1

ricoh_caplio_rz1Ricoh Caplio RZ1 Press Release
Ricoh launches the Caplio RZ-1 - a fashionable 4.0 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens in a 25mm super slim body.

Ricoh is proud to announce the release of the Caplio RZ1, a fashionable 4.0 mega pixel digital camera combining an outstanding 35mm-105mm lens (3x optical zoom) lens in a super slim 25mm body. On the performance side, the Caplio RZ1 incorporates technologies that professional photographers will appreciate - the world's fastest shutter response*, Ricohs outstanding 1cm wide macro technology, and the combination of a 4.0 megapixel CCD with Ricohs unique image processor. The Caplio RZ1 offers user-friendly functionality that is sure to capture the hearts of all photo enthusiasts. Aside from performance, the Caplio RZ1 adds fashion and fun to photography with three faceplate variations to match any occasion from business to pleasure, or simply at whim! The Caplio RZ1 offers all these features-and more! - At a surprisingly reasonable price.

Main Features:
35mm-105mm offer boundless photo opportunities.
The Caplio RZ1s 35mm-105mm is a truly remarkable feature that adds to the excitement of photography. Enjoy capturing the beauty of expansive landscapes or taking an image of a large number of people in a group photo with ease.

Super quick shutter response to seize the perfect moment!
Speed is of the essence in capturing picture-perfect moments that cannot be missed. That is why Ricoh relentlessly pursues the worlds fastest shutter response time. Incredibly, the Caplio RZ1 can start up and be ready to shoot in less than 0.8 seconds. The release time lag is almost negligibleas short as 0.05 to 0.1 seconds calculated from the time the user presses the shutter button, and a miraculous 0.003 seconds or even less from the time when focus lock is achievedso the Caplio RZ1 is very unlikely to miss those exquisite picture-perfect moments. Combined with a hybrid auto focusing system, even fast-moving objects are instantaneously captured in a quality image. Furthermore, with a shooting interval of 0.9 seconds or less, continuous shooting is smooth and stress-free.

4.0 megapixel CCD and Ricohs unique image professor ensure quality images. A superb 4.0 megapixel CCD and the smooth imaging engine, Ricohs unique image processor, ensure sharp, rich colours and clean high-quality images even in large printed formats. This outstanding processor also shortens image-processing speed and contributes to power saving.

Incorporating Ricohs superior 1cm wide macro mode.
Be it the smallest detail of a flower petal or the intricate pattern of a butterflys wings, Ricohs impressive 1cm macro technology is designed to take close-up shots from a distance of just 1cm. Combined with the 28mm wide macro, the Caplio RZ1 can take macro shots that include more background or add more depth to an image. The AF target shift function conveniently allows the user to pan around the image and locate the desired focus point with the operation of a button instead of moving the camera. This is especially helpful when using a tripod. With a little creativity, almost anyone can create professional-looking macro images with the Caplio RZ1. In telemacro mode, there is even a built-in flash for shots as close as 16cm that highlights objects while protecting against any unwanted whiteout effects to ensure sharp, clear macro shots.

Three power source options offer greater efficiency and reliability.
The Caplio RZ1 offers greater power efficiency and reliability with three power source options. No more missing precious photo opportunities while recharging batteries or when running out of batteries without a backup on hand. In addition to the long-life lithium ion rechargeable battery (optional) or the AC adapter (optional), the Caplio RZ1 features the unique ability to switch to AA size alkaline batteries or nickel metal hydride batteries that are widely available in stores when the occasion demands it. The Caplio RZ1 can shoot as many as 500 images* between recharges when using the lithium ion rechargeable battery, and up to 200 images* when using AA alkaline batteries.

* Under normal usage conditions (50% flash and zoom usage, LCD on, 30 seconds between shots, reviews of all photos)

Three faceplate variations to suit any occasion.
The Caplio RZ1 not only boasts impressive performance, but it also makes a fashion statement with its three-faceplate variations. These interchangeable faceplates can be easily snapped on or off to suit the occasion, to colour-coordinate with other possessions, or to simply match ones moods.

Price and Availability.
The Caplio RZ1 will be available in retail from September 2004 priced at 149.99 including VAT

Major Specifications:

CCD - 4.19 million pixels (effective 4.06 million)

RESOLUTION - Still: 2304x1728 / 1600x1200 / 1280x960 / 640x480
Text: 2304x1728 / 1280x960
Motion: 320x240, 160x120

RECORDING MEDIUM - Internal 12MB / SD Memory card, Multi-Media card

FOCAL LENGTH - 5.6 to 16.8mm (35-105mm equiv.)

SHOOTING RANGE - Approx. 0.3m-Infinity (Macro: Approx. 0.01m-Infinity)

Telemacro: Approx. 0.16m-Infinity

RECORDING MODE - Still / Motion / Continuous / S-Continuous / M-Continuous / Scene (Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Text, Night Scene, High-sensitivity)

PICTURE MODE - Fine / Normal

SHUTTER - Still: 8, 4, 2, 1 - 1/2000sec.
Motion: 1/30 - 1/2000sec.

ISO SENSITIVITY - Auto, ISO64, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800


BUILT-IN FLASH - Auto / On / Slow Synchro / Off / Red-Eye Reduction

FOCUS - Auto Focus / Manual Focus / Fixed Focus (snapshot)

EXPOSURE MODE - Multi Light Metering (256 segments), Center-weighted, Spot

EXPOSURE ADJUSTMENT - Manual Exposure Compensation (+/- 2.0 EV in 1/3EV steps)

WHITE BALANCE - Auto / Fixed (Outdoors, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, One Push)


BATTERY - AA-size Dry Alkaline batteries, Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (option)

WEIGHT - Approx. 150g (excluding battery, SD Memory Card, hand strap)

DIMENSIONS - (WxHxD) 102.0 x 56.5 x 25.0mm (excluding projections)

Posted by Darren in our Miscellaneous category on August 19, 2004