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Ricoh R8
Dennis Hissink : February 19th 2008 - 13:20 CET
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RicohRicoh R8 : Ricoh has developed and introduced the new Ricoh R8 compact digital camera featuring a 7.1x optical wide-angle zoom lens (28–200 mm in 35 mm focal length) and a new high-resolution 10 Megapixel CCD. The Ricoh R8 is the successor model to the Caplio R7 (launched September 14, 2007), which also had a slim body and 7.1x optical wide-angle zoom lens (28-200 mm in 35 mm focal length). By combining a 10 megapixel CCD with the earlier model‘s Smooth Imaging Engine III image processing engine, the Ricoh R8 takes high-definition photography to a higher level. The available colours are silver, black and two tone. The Ricoh R8 is available in March 2008 at £ 249,99 inc vat. Note that from now on the name Caplio is out of the picture.
Ricoh R8 camera - LCD and Design
The new Ricoh R8 digital compact camera also offers various other enhanced capabilities for fun and easy photography, such as a large 2.7-inch, 460,000-pixel HVGA LCD and the same 1:1 aspect square format photography function that has proven extremely popular on Ricoh‘s Caplio GX100 (launched April 2007) and GR DIGITAL II (launched November 2007) models. In addition to the specification improvements, the Ricoh R8 has also undergone a complete redesign.

Ricoh R8 digital camera

Ricoh R8 - Stylish and Concept
This new model combines ease of use and technical specification in a body that is contemporary and stylish and has been designed based on a concept “A tool you want to use every day.” In creating the Ricoh R8 as a tool for taking photographs, great care has been given not only to styling and coloring but also to its operability, portability, comfort in hand, and its solid, high-quality feel.

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Ricoh R8 digital camera - Smooth image and HVGA display
High-picture quality, low-noise photography is achieved with the high-resolution 10 megapixel CCD and the Smooth Imaging Engine III image processing engine. An effective 10 megapixel CCD has been newly installed. Working together with the popular image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine III, this new CCD makes possible high-quality images that have both high-resolution and low noise. The new 2.7-inch, 460,000-pixel high-resolution LCD has a wide viewing angle and high contrast for distinct, easy viewing even outdoors. When thumbnail images are displayed, even the small 1/20 size images are clearly reproduced.

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Ricoh R8 compact camera - Grip and Metal feel
Based on the „A tool you will want to use every day“ concept, the Ricoh R8 has been given a totally new design emphasizing its beauty as a tool. Styling that intensifies a simple, functional beauty and eliminates design frills. A rubber grip that fits well in the hand and is easy to hold. An easy-to-operate mode dial. The many features of the Ricoh R8 combine to achieve both functional beauty and ease of use. In addition to its compact pocket size, the mounting of two strap eyelets has further increased portability. The Ricoh R8‘s solid, high-quality feel has been further enhanced by the top cover emphasizing a solid, metal feel; the lens barrel end and rings finished with metal spin processing, and the spin processed mode dial and release button.

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Ricoh digital camera - Lens system and Vibration correction
Ricoh‘s original double retracting lens system has made it possible to equip the Ricoh R8 with a 7.1x wide-angle zoom lens in a compact body with both operability and portability. Measuring only 22.6 mm at the thinnest point, the slim body features a 7.1x wide-angle zoom lens with a 28-200 mm range. Vibration correction functions, face recognition mode, and macro functions are provided. The Ricoh R8 contains Ricoh’s original CCD-shift vibration correction function which compensates for camera shake when it is detected. This reduces the blurring that tends to occur in situations such as telephoto and macro photography. Face recognition mode automatically identifies faces in a scene and optimizes focus, exposure, and white balance for the faces. Ricoh’s popular and powerful macro functions are included, enabling shooting of objects as close as 1 cm with wide macro and as close as 25 cm with telemacro.

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Ricoh R8 - Expressive photography and Functionality
The new Ricoh R8 has a shooting function for an image size aspect ratio of 1:1. This square format photography has proved very popular on Ricoh‘s Caplio GX100 (launched April 2007) and GR DIGITALII (launched November 22, 2007). The resulting composition has quite a different feel from the standard rectangular vertical or horizontal format. This format can also be quite convenient for blog photographs. Already given enhanced usability in the Caplio R7 (launched September 2007), the ADJ. (Adjust) button has further evolved in the R8. Integrating the ADJ. (Adjust) button functions with those previously controlled by the cross-key has made menu operations even faster and simpler.

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Ricoh R8 digital photo camera - Aperture and Zoom
When the fix minimum aperture function is on, shooting is done at the smallest aperture, which gives a deep depth of field in the resulting photograph. Enhanced capabilities have been given to the AF target shift function which was previously only available for macro photography. While shooting, it is possible to shift the target for AF or AE or both without moving the camera. With zoom lever operation it is possible to switch between two zoom speeds. This enables the full capabilities of the 28-200 mm 7.1x wide-angle zoom lens to be utilized.

Ricoh R8 digicam - Image editing and Accessories
Still image brightness and contrast can be corrected with either auto or manual modes, with the corrected image being recorded in the camera. With manual correction, the image is corrected by adjusting the histogram. By adjusting green, magenta, blue, and amber tones, still image colour tone can be corrected, with the corrected image being recorded in the camera. Still images can be trimmed and the resulting image saved in a separate file. This is convenient when doing direct printing with PictBridge, etc. Rechargeable Battery DB-70 / Battery Charger BJ-7 / USB Cable / AV Cable / Handstrap / Software CD-ROM / Instruction Manuals.

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