The Ricoh RDC-6000 "Image Capturing Device" is a very affordable (under $400) and compact 2-megapixel dual-mode digital camera. It captures still images but can also be used as a web-cam on the Internet using itís USB connectivity. In addition it captures full motion AVI video and time-lapse images at intervals from 30 seconds to three hours.
Still image resolutions are 1600x1200, 800x600, 640x480 and a 2000x1500 "enlargement
mode" (interpolated). Motion AVI capture sizes are 320x240 and 160x110 in Fine or
Normal quality. Advanced features include Burst (continuous capture), auto exposure
bracketing, manually-settable white balance, 4X digital zoom with 5-inch macro focus
ability and aperture priority exposure mode.
On the back is a 1.8" D-TFD LCD with 71,760 pixels of resolution. Underneath the
LCD on the bottom is a control knob for the backlight intensity. It is rather difficult
to see or use this LCD when outdoors, thankfully there is a large and bright optical
eyelevel viewfinder that works nicely.
The most-used camera controls have dedicated buttons and are placed on top of the
camera. You can change these options by observing their icons on the data LCD
Here's the left and right side views.
On the bottom is the battery access door, tripod mount and color LCD backlight brightness
Closeup view of the top controls, these buttons let you quickly change the flash mode,
enable the selftimer or change the Picture size or quality. Mode dial positions for
recording, Still image recording, Playback, Delete and Connect to PC. In the center
of the dial is the shutter release button.
On the right side is the SmartMedia card slot, an 8MB card is supplied and the RDC-6000
accepts 3.3v SmartMedia cards up to 64MB. It has a rather unique "fold away" type
of ejector lever that we've never seen used with SmartMedia cards before.
On the left side are the I/O ports. On top is the DC IN port for the AC
power adapter. In the center is the Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable).
The elongated connector handles both USB and serial data I/O.
The RDC-6000 uses a 3.7v 1100mAH (DB-20) lithium rechargeable battery which is included
along with the combination battery charger and AC power supply.
For size comparison here's the RDC-6000 and the Nikon Coolpix 880.
|RECORDING FORMAT|| JPEG (Exif
ver.2.1, DCF"Design rule for Camera File Systems")
Motion : AVI (Motion JPEG), DPOF support
|VIDEO SIGNAL METHOD||NTSC/PAL switchable|
|RECORING MEDIUM||SmartMedia (compatible with 2/4/8/16/32/64 MB, 3.3V)|
|PICTURE MODE||Fine / Normal / Economy|
|2,140,000 square pixel CCD (effective 2,062,500 pixels)|
Still: 1,600 x 1,200 / 800 x 600 / 640 x 480 /
2,000 x 1,480 (Image Enlargement)
Motion: 320 x 240 / 160 x 120
Enlargement/ Quick Shooting Mode/Interval Mode
(Time Lapse from 30sec. intervals up to 3 hours)
Image Playback/ Multi Image Playback/
Zoom Playback/Auto Playback
|SHUTTER||Still: 1-1/500 sec.|
|OPTICAL VIEWFINDER||Reverse Galilean Type|
|MONITOR DISPLAY||1.8" D-TFD LCD (71,760 pixels)|
|BUILT-IN FLASH||Auto/On/Slow Synchro/Off/Red-eye reduction|
|LENS||F=8.3mm (equivalent to 40mm in 35mm camera format), F=2.8 5 glass elements in 4 groups including 4 aspherical surfaces|
|FOCUS||TTL CCD AF|
|EXPOSURE MODE||Programmed AE, Aperture Priority Mode, TTL CCD Method|
|EXPOSURE ADJUSTMENT||Auto/ Manual exposure compensation,+/- 2.0 EV in 1/2 EV steps|
30cm (11.8in.) -/ Macro: 13cm (5.1in.) -30cm (11.8in.)
Digital Zoom (Zoom Ratio: x2, x3, x4) / grid Template/ Monochrome Mode (B&W, sepia) / Auto Bracket/ Selectable ISO Sensitivity/ Web Camera Function/ Remote Control (Optional)
|WHITE BALANCE|| Auto/Manual
Mode Setting ( 4 modes: Daylight/Fluorescent Light/Tungsten
Light/ Overcast) Flexible WB Setting
(R/G/B), WB Calibration
|SELFTIMER||Approx. 10sec. delay|
PC : Serial (RS232C/AUX), USB
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
110.0 x 67.0 x 39.5 mm (4.3 x 2.6 x 1.6 in.)
Approx. 220g (7.7oz.)(without battery)
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