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Ricoh launch super fast Caplio GX

Ricoh launch super fast Caplio GX - Slim 5-megapixel 28mm wide-angle zoom digital camera has the world's fastest* shutter response time.

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Ricoh launch super fast Caplio GXThe Caplio GX is a 5-megapixel, 28mm-85mm wide-angle zoom lens digital camera that Ricoh believe is guaranteed to appear in the 'must have' lists of professional photographers and photography enthusiasts alike.

The list of features for the Caplio GX begins with the 5.13 effective megapixel CCD and large 3x optical plus 4x digital lens structure that includes a configuration of 9 glass elements in 7 groups - producing exquisite images of up to 2592 x 1944 pixels and large enough to print A3-size high resolution photos.

The 28-85mm wide-angle (35mm film camera equivalent format) delivers a 75-degree angle-of-view that translates into much improved landscape images, group shots and a host of other wide-angle opportunities that preserve more information onto a single image than most digital cameras.

Keeping to the professional-minded spirit of the GR series, the Caplio GX features a convenient electronic dial intended for the index finger to manually control a variety of settings that include aperture, white balance, ISO sensitivity and exposure levels. Furthermore, its sleek, first-class compact design is only 29mm thick and carries the trademark rubber handgrip that beautifully contours the right side of its lightweight 205-gram aluminum die-cast body.

The Caplio GX is also incredibly quick. Boasting the world's fastest shutter response time at only 0.12 seconds and start-up time clocked at 1.2 seconds, precious photo opportunities can be snapped up in an instant. Too often, even higher-end digital cameras disappoint users with slow shutter response and start-up times - the Caplio GX effectively puts an end to these issues.

Another major benefit of this remarkable digital camera is its macro mode capabilities. Ricoh's Caplio GX takes brilliant 1cm macros and features auto-focus target functionality that allows the photographer to conveniently pan around an image up close in order to find the desired focus point.

Perhaps the most impressive feature of all is the Caplio GX's reasonable price tag. Although a formidable high-end camera, Ricoh has generously priced the Caplio GX at mid-range levels - a welcome surprise that will surely make digital camera history.

"The Caplio GX is quite simply the finest digital camera Ricoh have ever produced," commented Mr. K. Nakata, the General Manager of Ricoh's Marketing Office. "We've combined our superior lens manufacturing expertise, stylish design and sophisticated Caplio technology to deliver a truly outstanding 5 megapixel 28mm-85mm wide angle 3x optical lens with the world's fastest shutter response time of just 0.12 seconds*. And its new electronic dial that can quickly change aperture, exposure and other advanced settings will definitely make this a must have for any professional photographer. Best of all, we've priced the Caplio GX at an affordable mid-range level!"

* As of May 6th, 2004 for all auto focus digital camera


Main Features

5-megapixel 1/1.8 CCD produces A3-size printouts
The Caplio GX comes equipped with a very powerful 5-megapixel (5.12 effective) 1/1.8 CCD, which can output an A3 high-resolution print that will impress even the most discerning of professionals. The vastly improved image processor ensures colours look richer, sharper and cleaner even in large printed formats.

Superior lens construction makes all the difference
Ricoh engineers have brilliantly manufactured a lens design with 9 glass elements placed in 7 groups that help to supply a substantial amount of light to the edge of photos even in wide-angle operation. In addition, 4 aspherical lenses and 4 high refractive index- low dispersion lenses work to make corrections for aberration in all zooming areas in a controlled and balanced manner.

28mm-85mm wide-angle 3x optical plus 4x digital zoom
Another one of Caplio GX's major attractions is its versatile wide-angle 28mm lens that makes landscape photography an absolute pleasure to capture. With an angle of view of 75 degrees - comparable with just 62 degrees of conventional 35mm digital cameras - the photo opportunities on the Caplio GX abound. Moreover, its accurate 3x optical plus 4x digital zoom delivers an outstanding combination of 12x zoom, equivalent to a telephoto range of 28-336mm on a regular 35mm camera.

Professional lightweight design with electronic manual control dial
Built with professionals and photography lovers in mind, the Caplio GX features a convenient electronic dial that can manually control settings that includes aperture priority mode, speed, white balance, ISO sensitivity and exposure levels of pictures taken. Furthermore, its sleek, compact design is only 29mm thick and features a rubber handgrip that beautifully contours the right side of its lightweight 205-gram aluminum die-cast body.

World's fastest shutter response time
Equipped with the world's fastest shutter response at just 0.12 seconds, owners of the Caplio GX can confidently capture photo opportunities where speed is of the essence - leaving the "click and wait" shutter response times of other digital camera makers in the dark. Also, to the delight of any press photographer, the Caplio GX has the ability to turn itself on and snap off a photo in just 1.2 seconds - a speed unrivalled in its class.

Aperture-priority control flexibility
The handy control dial on the front face of the Caplio GX allows advanced users to select a specific f-stop with aperture-priority AE (automatic exposure) or manual exposure. Functionality such as this helps the Caplio GX to confidently meet the creative demands of serious photographers that require certain images to have a particular "depth of field" or other desired elements.

Marvelous 1cm "wide" macros with 15cm flash highlight
The Caplio GX boasts the ability to capture objects of 18mm(H) x 24mm (W) at a distance of just 1cm. Keep the camera still at this distance and take advantage of its auto-focus target functionality that allows the user to conveniently pan around the image in order to find the desired focus point. There is even a built-in flash for shots as close as 15cm that highlights objects while protecting against any unwanted whiteout effects.

Three convenient power sources to rely on
The Caplio GX is ideal for the road warrior who demands the highest level of power flexibility, performance and efficiency. Shoot up to 400 images* between recharges when using the long-life rechargeable lithium-ion battery (optional) or take advantage of a nearby power source and use the optional AC adapter. The Caplio GX also has the ability to switch to two AA alkaline (included) or nickel metal hydride batteries and a synchro monitor mode that conserves energy by turning the monitor on automatically only when the shutter button is pressed to preview a shot or operate the zoom.

* Up to 400 images under normal usage conditions (with 50% flash and zoom usage, LCD on, 30 seconds between shots, reviews of all photos).

Six handy scene modes
The Caplio GX comes equipped with six handy scene modes (portrait, sports, landscape, night scene, text and high-sensitivity) that were intended to help the photographer capture various shooting situations in their best light. In high-sensitivity mode, the screen automatically illuminates subjects to aid in framing the picture in under-lit environments such as a candlelit dinner or a trendy nightclub lounge.

Caplio GX Specifications
Recording format
Still: JPEG (Exif ver 2.21), Non-compressed(TIFF), DCF*1 compliant, DPOF compliant
Text: TIFF (MMR system)
Motion: AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG format compliant)
Sound: WAV (Exif ver 2.21)
Video Signal Method NTSC/PAL switchable
Recording Media SD Memory CardTM (3.3V 8/16/32/64/128/256/512MB), MultiMedia CardTM (16/32/64MB)
Built-in memory (16MB)
CCD 1/1.8-inch primary-color CCD with effective 5.13 million pixels
Resolution
Still: 2592x1944, 2048 x 1536, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Text: 2560x1920, 2048 x 1536
Motion: 320 x 240, 160 x 120
Recording Mode
Still: (Continuous, S-Continuous, M-Continuous), Aperture-priority, Manual exposure,
Scene (Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Night Scene, Text, High-Sensitivity), Motion, Sound
Picture Mode Fine, Normal, Non-compressed
Storage capacity (No. of pictures)
(Internal 16MB Memory)*2 Still: 7 (2592x1944 Fine), 13 (2592x1944 normal), 1(2592x1944 NC) 10 (2048 x 1536 Fine), 20 (2048 x 1536 Normal), 20 (1280 x 960 Fine), 39 (1280 x 960 Normal), 141 (640 x 480 Normal)
Storage capacity (time)
(Internal 16MB Memory)*3 Motion: 44 seconds (320 x 240), 158 seconds (160 x 120) Sound: 33 minutes 53 seconds
Storage data capacity Still: Approx. 9.61MB (2592x1944 Non-compressed), Approx. 1.79MB (2592x1944 Fine),
Approx. 1.03MB (2592x1944 Normal), Approx. 1.20MB (2048 x 1536 Fine),
Approx. 671KB (2048 x 1536 Normal), Approx. 686KB (1280 x 960 Fine),
Approx. 356KB (1280 x 960 Normal), Approx. 82KB (640 x 480 Normal)
Lens Focal range f: 5.8-17.4mm (equivalent to 28-85mm for 35mm film cameras)
Step-zoom intervals 4 steps (28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm)
Brightness F 2.5 (W)-4.3 (T)
Lens structure 9 glass elements in 7 groups
Digital Zoom 4x (Maximum 12x in combination with optical zoom)
Shutter Still: 30,15,8,4,2,1-1/2000sec. (electronic/mechanical shutter), Noise reduction functionality during long term exposure Motion: 1/30-1/2000sec. (electronic shutter)
Object distance Approx. 0.3m-? (Macro: Approx. 0.01m- ?, Telemacro: Approx. 0.08m-? )
ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO64, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600
View Finder*4 Real-image optical zoom finder
LCD Monitor 1.8-inch translucent amorphous silicon TFT LCD (approx. 130,000 pixels)
Flash*5 Auto (automatic flash in backlight), Red-eye Reduction, On, Slow Synchro, Off,
Distance: 0.2-5.0m (W), 0.15-2.9m (T) (ISO auto or ISO400)
Focus Auto Focus, Manual Focus, Fixed Focus (Snap), ? (includes AF auxiliary light)
Exposure Adjustment TTL-CCD photometric system: Multi (256 segments), Center Weight, Spot
Exposure Compensation: Manual Compensation (+2.0 - -2.0 EV in 1/3EV steps), Auto-bracket (0.5EV, ±0, +0.5 EV)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light, Manual white Balance Bracket
(One Push )
Self Timer Delay Approx. 10sec., 2 sec.
Interval Timer 30 sec. - 3 hours (30 sec. step)
PC Interface USB 1.1 (compatible with PCs with Windows 98/98SE/2000Professional/Me/XP Home
Edition XP Professional pre-installed or Macintosh with Mac OS 8.6-9.2.2 or Mac OS X10.1.2-10.3)
AV interface Audio Out, Video Out
Power Source Optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 2 AA batteries (Alkali, NiMH) or optional AC adapter
Shooting Capacity*6 Using DB43: Approx. 3,700 pictures (continuous), approx. 400 pictures (normal),
Continuous reproduction of still pictures: Approx. 340 minutes Using AA alkaline batteries:
Approx. 120 pictures (normal)
Dimensions (W x D x H) 113.6 x 29.0 x 58.0mm (excluding projections)
Weight Approx. 205g (excluding battery, SD Memory Card, hand strap)
Operating Temperature 0-40s

*1 DCF is the abbreviation of JEITA Standard "Design rule for Camera Files system."
(It does not guarantee perfect inter-camera compatibility.)
*2 General guide for still-picture recording capacity.
*3 Maximum, 80 sec. Per shot (320x240), maximum 300 sec. Per shot (160x120)
*4 When shooting at wide-angles, the vignette can be seen at the bottom left-hand corner of the view finder -
this has no affect on captured images.
*5 Distance is valid when ISO auto or ISO 400 are set.
*6 Under Ricoh measurement parameters. Actual performance may vary depending on the condition of use
Continuous mode: 640x460 flash off, zoom not used, and Monitor Display off (power-saving mode)
Normal mode: Approx. 30 second intervals using flash and zoom for 1 out of 2 photos,
AA alkaline batteries allow usage of approx. 60 minutes.

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