Ricoh RR1 Caplio Review

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First Look posted 11/10/01
Full review posted 11/20/01

Ricoh's new stylish and compact 4.13-megapixel Caplio RR1 digital camera offers three operating modes, digital still, voice and motion picture with audio. The camera ships with a 64MB SmartMedia card and has 8MB of fixed internal memory. Still image resolution up to 2272 x 1704 pixels, pivoting 2-inch color LCD monitor, 3x optical zoom, 0.4-inch super-macro, continuous shooting and time lapse recording modes.

The RR1's powerful features will satisfy the most discerning photographer and the automatic exposure control makes the camera remarkably easy to use. Unique features 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. In-camera cropping trims images directly on the LCD so initial composition is less critical. The camera has dual shutter releases positioned for vertical or horizontal pictures. Portrait mode images are automatically rotated during playback.

Ricoh Caplio RR1

The slim Caplio RR1 is only 1 inch thick with a sleek metallic body design that fits comfortably in a shirt pocket and weighs just 9.5 ounces. Power is supplied by a lithium rechargeable battery that is included with the camera, as is the AC power rapid charger which is also included.

Caplio RR1 features:

  • 4.13-Megapixel CCD imager
  • Still image sizes: 2272 x 1704, 1120 x 840 and 640 x 480 pixels
  • JPEG (Fine/Norm/Economy) or uncompressed TIFF format
  • 3x optical F2.6-3.4 zoom (35-105mm) with 2x-3.6x digital zoom
  • 2-inch color LCD monitor with 122,000 pixel resolution
  • Color LCD tilts up/down and rotates 270 degrees
  • Single, Continuous, Self-timer or Time-lapse modes
  • Still, Movie, Text and Audio recording modes
  • Matrix, Center-weighted or Spot metering modes
  • Ten second audio notes can be added to pictures
  • 288x216 resolution AVI movies with audio
  • Voice recorder limited only by available memory
  • Shuter speeds 1/2000 to 1 sec (Automatic)
  • Timed Exposure mode with 2, 4 and 8 sec shutter speeds
  • Exposure adjustment of +/- 2EV in 1/4EV steps
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing, 3 shots
  • White balance with 5 presets and manual
  • Sharpness control
  • Playback cropping (horiz or vert) 1120x840 or 640x480
  • Monochrome and Negative recording modes
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto (150), 200, 400 or 800
  • Auto or Manual focus with Macro to 0.4 inches!
  • Built-in flash with Auto, Slow Synchro, Red-Eye, On and Off modes
  • Flash output settings for Soft, Normal or Strong
  • Video output switchable NTSC or PAL
  • High-speed USB port for image downloading
  • Powered by lithium rechargeable battery, included
  • 8MB of internal image storage memory
  • 64MB SmartMedia card supplied with camera
  • Image and audio data can be copied to/from internal and SM cards
The Ricoh Caplio RR1 is available now for a suggested retail of $699.00 and includes the camera, padded carrying bag, wrist strap, rechargeable battery, AC charger, A/V cable, USB cable, 64MB SmartMedia card, software CD and manuals.

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Ricoh Caplio RR1

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Ricoh Caplio RR1 and the Olympus D-40 Zoom for size comparison.

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Ricoh Caplio RR1 Specifications

Recording Format Still: JPEG (Exif 2.1), Non-Compressed: TIFF-YUV(Exif 2.1)
DCF "Design rule for Camera File system", DPOF support
Text: TIFF(G4 MMR system)
Motion: AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG)
Sound: WAV(Exif 2.1)
Video Signal Method NTSC/PAL switchable
Recording Medium 8MB onboard and 64MB card included / SmartMedia™compatible with 4/8/16/32/64/128MB,3.3V
CCD 1/1.8-inch CCD, effective 3.95 million pixels (total 4.13 million pixels)
Resolution Still: 2272x1704, 1120x840, 640x480
Text: 2272x1704, 1120x840
Motion: 288x216
Recording Mode Still, Text, Sound, Still+Sound, Motion+Sound, Continuous, Time Exposure/Interval( time lapse from 30 sec. Intervals up to 3 hours)
Continuous Mode Buffer Depth

(Maximum number of images captured is approximate)
2272 x 1704 3 7 15
1120 x 840 11 23 45
640 x 480 35 67 123
Picture Mode Fine, Normal or Economy (JPG), Non-Compressed (TIF)
Lens F:2.6-3.4, 10 glass elements in 7 groups
Zoom Optical 3x zoom f=7.3-21.9mm(35-105mm in 35mm camera format)
Digital 1.4x, 1.8x, 3.6x zoom (640x480 only)
Shutter Still: 8,4,2,1-1/2000sec. (mechanical/electronic shutter)
Motion: 1/30-1/2000sec. (electronic shutter)
Shooting Range 24cm(9.4in.) - inf. / Macro: 1cm(0.4in.) -24cm(9.4in.)
ISO Sensitivity AUTO (equivalent to ISO150) /Selectable ISO (equivalent to 200, 400, 800)
Monitor Display 2.0" Low-temperature Polysilicon TFT LCD (approx. 200,000 pixels)
Built-In Flash Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off, Red-Eye Reduction,
Manual Strength Adjustment(Soft, Normal, Strong)
Focus Auto Focus, Manual Focus, Fixed Focus(2.5m/0.8ft.)
Exposure Mode Programmed AE, TTL-CCD method
Photometric system: Centerweight/Spot/Multi
Exposure Adjustment Auto, Manual Exposure Compensation (+/- 2.0 EV in 1/4EV steps)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Fluorescent Light, Tungsten Light, Overcast
Selftimer Approx. 10sec. Delay
Interfaces PC : USB
Video Out, Audio Out
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
(W x D x H)
135.4 x 74.0 x 26.6mm, 5.3 x 2.9 x 1 inch (excluding projections)
Weight Approx. 270g( 9.5oz.)(without battery)

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