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Review Posted 10/3/00

Ricoh RDC-6000

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.

Ricoh RDC-6000

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.

Ricoh RDC-6000

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 display.

Here's the left and right side views.

Ricoh RDC-6000

On the bottom is the battery access door, tripod mount and color LCD backlight brightness control.

Ricoh RDC-6000

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 SETup, Movie recording, Still image recording, Playback, Delete and Connect to PC. In the center of the dial is the shutter release button.

Ricoh RDC-6000

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.

Ricoh RDC-6000

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.

Ricoh RDC-6000

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.

Ricoh RDC-6000

For size comparison here's the RDC-6000 and the Nikon Coolpix 880.

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RDC-6000 Specifications

RECORDING FORMAT JPEG (Exif ver.2.1, DCF"Design rule for Camera File Systems")
Motion : AVI (Motion JPEG), DPOF support
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)
RESOLUTION 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
Still/Motion/Text/Image Enlargement/ Quick Shooting Mode/Interval Mode
(Time Lapse from 30sec. intervals up to 3 hours)
PLAYBACK MODE Single 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
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
Video Out
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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