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Dennis Hissink : May 22th 2006 - 14:09 CET

Ricoh Caplio R40

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RicohRicoh Caplio R40 : Ricoh announced the Ricoh Caplio R40 compact camera, featuring a 5.7x optical wide zoom (equiv. to 28-160 mm in 35 mm format) in a slim body only 26-mm deep. Available in black, the new Ricoh Caplio R40 is a more affordable version of the highly successful R4, which featured a 7.1x (28-200 mm) optical wide zoom lens. Inheriting the Ricoh Caplio R4 its unique Double Retracting Lens System (Designed to have part of the lens assembly inside the camera’s body during lens storage, the wide-angle, high-powered zoom lens is more compact), the Ricoh R40 houses a 5.7x (28-160 mm) wide-angle, high-powered zoom lens in its compact, 26-mm deep body. The Ricoh Caplio R40 will be available in June 2006 and in a black finish.
Ricoh Caplio R40Ricoh R40 camera - Responsiveness
Ricoh takes pride in manufacturing products based on the concept of Expandability. In addition to its highly versatile wide zoom lens, the new Ricoh Caplio R40 caters for every photographic situation. Thanks to the Ricoh R40’s enhanced macro capabilities, a specialty of Ricoh, and ultra-quick response, this is a camera that gets results anywhere, anytime. No longer will users miss shooting opportunities as they wait for their camera to power up or the Auto Focus to lock.

Ricoh Caplio R40 digital camera - Zoom lens
The newly developed Double Retracting Lens System makes it possible to fit a 5.7x (28-160mm in 35mm) wide zoom lens into the Ricoh R40’s slim body, which is at a mere 26mm deep fits comfortable into the pocket. Ricoh’s innovative Double Retracting Lens System, newly developed from the original Retracting Lens System, allows the lens assembly to be stored in the camera body during lens storage. This enables the 26 mm body to hold a 5.7x wide zoom lens (28-160 mm in 35-mm equivalent).

Ricoh R40 compact camera - Macro photography
The highly versatile Ricoh Caplio R40 delivers outstanding results in practically any photographic situation. These vary from sweeping landscapes to indoor shots needing a wide-angle 28mm lens to capture close-ups using 160mm telephoto. The macro function, a Ricoh hallmark, has been further enhanced. The Ricoh R40 features a top-of-its-class macro mode, enabling users to photograph an object from as close as just 1 cm and opening up a whole new world of photographic opportunity. The Zoom Macro Function automatically sets the focal distance of the lens at the optimum distance for capturing an object as large and close-up as possible. If AF Target Selection is used, it is even possible to focus on different objects without moving the camera.

Ricoh Caplio R40 digital compact camera - Shutter lag
Release time lag (the time from the instant the shutter button is fully pressed, without engaging pre-focus, until exposure actually starts) is as fast as approximately 0.09 seconds. Quick response is essential in order to capture those brief, picture-perfect moments of which memories are made, such as the smile of a small child or the playfulness of a pet. The Ricoh R40’s near-instantaneous reactions mean such shots are now within easy reach. Time calculated from the instant the focus is locked (half-press) until exposure actually starts is an astonishing 0.007 seconds. Shooting interval and start-up time (approx. 1.1 seconds) are both rapid (measured while the fl ash is off).

Ricoh Caplio R40 - Battery and CCD
Long-life rechargeable battery and charger let you shoot approximately 350 pictures on a single charge. The power-saving capability of the Ricoh Caplio R40’s internal circuitry means it is possible to capture up to 350 separate images under CIPA standards using the long-life rechargeable battery and charger (included with the camera), even while using the large, high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD display.

Ricoh R40 - 6 Megapixel CCD
High-definition pictures thanks to a 6 Megapixel CCD coupled with Ricoh’s original image processing engine. The 6 Megapixel CCD combined with Ricoh’s Smooth Imaging Engine enables high-speed processing and noise reduction, resulting in clear, high-definition images with faithful colour reproduction. Users can select an aspect ratio (the horizontal to vertical ratio of the image) of 3:2. This is the same as standard 35-mm photo prints, so there is no need to crop and lose part of the original image.

Ricoh R40 digital camera - LCD monitor
An original algorithm, which automatically detects trapezoids in images and corrects them to rectangles, makes the Ricoh Caplio R40 highly effective in business environments where blackboards, overhead projectors, schedules, signboards, etc. cannot be shot from the front. Large 2.5-inch LCD makes for easy composition and increased efficiency. The Ricoh Caplio R40 sports a crystal clear, large 2.5-inch LCD monitor. During playback, 12 pictures can be displayed simultaneously on the large screen. While checking pictures, the screen can be divided into three parts to allow fast forwarding and rewinding. The brightness of the LCD can be increased to maximum with a single touch, and visibility can be adjusted for well-lit environments.

Ricoh Caplio R40 digital camera box content • Ricoh Caplio R40 camera
• Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
• AV cable
• USB cable
• Software on CD-ROM
• Wrist strap

Ricoh R40 optional accessories
• Rechargeable battery: Ricoh DB-60
• Battery charger: Rich BJ-6
• AC adapter: Ricoh AC-4c
• Soft camera case: Ricoh SC-60

About Ricoh
A pioneer in digital office equipment, Ricoh provides state-of-the-art multifunctional printing devices tailored to corporate office customer needs, and offers a broad range of digital, networked products, including copiers, printers, fax machines, DVD/CD media, and digital cameras. With 347 consolidated subsidiaries worldwide, Ricoh employs 75,100 people with consolidated sales of 1.81 trillion YEN.

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