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Ricoh Caplio R1 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
The side of the Caplio R1 contains the dual compartment for the necessary energy and the storage. When the small cover is opened the compartment appears. The R1 uses the popular Secure Digital memory card. This card is also frequently used at small PDAs. The camera is standard equipped with an internal memory of 12MB, but it's quite obvious that an external memory card is needed to actually start working with the camera. The prices of memory cards seem to drop drastically every month and from what it looks like, this trend will go on for a while. The storage capacity for this small storage medium is presently 2GB at the maximum, a capacity which is sufficient for most of us, for the moment that is?
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When purchasing a memory card it is advisable to really watch the speed of the memory cards. There are many cheap SD cards available, through unknown branch channels, at which it is not clear what the source is and where the used components came from. There is an actual difference between brand-free and trade mark memory cards. The Caplio R1 will definitely benefit from an A-quality memory card, and when the card has high read and write speed it will support the performance in a great way. Ultimately it will lead to a greater convenience, (less time consuming when reviewing high resolution images and storing your images).

The Caplio R1 is capable of shooting in continuous mode. The so-called Multi-shot function can be activated with three different settings. CONT, SCONT and MCONT offer the option for shooting several images one right after the other. In highest resolution (4 Megapixels) this means a maximum amount of 4 images. The SCONT setting makes a composition from 16 images put together to one single image and activating the MCONT function offers the possibility to press the release button for a time span, until the moment is over. When you stop pressing the button, the last few images will be stored in a cluster and managed in about 2 seconds.

The above mentioned functions require a lot of storage capacity naturally. It is therefore good to take the following table in account.

Concerning a storage capacity of 256MB:

Resolution 2304x1728 F compression - 136 images
Resolution 2304x1728 N compression - 260 images
Resolution 1600x1200 F compression - 216 images
Resolution 1600x1200 N compression - 421 images
Resolution 1280x960 F compression - 318 images
Resolution 1280x960 N compression - 600 images
Resolution 640x480 N compression - 2600 images

Movie mode 320x240 – 364 seconds
Movie mode 160x120 – 1390 seconds

Voice Memo – 532 minutes and 38 seconds
The Caplio R1 is equipped with a standard USB 1.1 interface to transfer files onto a computer. For those who prefer more speed, they can use an optional USB 2.0 card reader. A USB 2.0 card reader is a useful device if your notebook or computer is equipped with, in the meantime become standard, USB 2.0 interface.

The camera is standard delivered with two AA alkaline batteries. Which may be taken as a nice gesture in getting acquainted with the camera, but I advise you to purchase a good (quick) charger and a set of high-capacity NiMH batteries, together with the camera.

It is also possible to use an optional charger (BJ-5) and a rechargeable Li-Ion battery (DB-50). This combination is the most powerful one and delivers sufficient energy to make large series of images (approximately 500). A set of AA alkaline batteries will give up after about 150 images. During darker days, when the flash is continuously activated, the rate of 150 can't even be reached. The amount of pictures drops drastically. The built-in flash eats up the available energy in no time.

To work energy saving the Auto Power-Off setting can be activated or adjusted through the menu of the camera in order to work as economical as possible. The function can be turned off, turned on to 1 minute (default setting), 5 minutes or 30 minutes. When the camera is not used, it will automatically turn itself off and the zoom lens will retreat into the housing. The lens cover stays open. Pushing the Playback button on the back of the camera wakes it up again.

The camera has no problem dealing with the energy household. The combination of a set of high capacity NiMH batteries, and maybe an extra set is sufficient to be able to get around, also on holidays.
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