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Ricoh announces ultra-thin 7.1 x optical zoom Caplio R6

Ricoh launches the new Caplio R6, a 7.1x wide-angle zoom digital camera, measuring a mere 20.6 mm at its thinnest point. The completely new design of the double retracting lens system, and a new optimized lens setup through the use of highly refractive glass lenses, are the major contributors to this ultra-thin design. The Caplio R6 incorporates advancements over its predecessor, the Caplio R5, with a 5.4 mm thinner body and a face recognition mode that recognizes the subject's face and records the image at the optimal settings...

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All about the new Ricoh Caplio G6World's Thinnest Digital Camera* with 28mm Wide-Angle 7.1x Optical Zoom Lens

Ricoh Co., Ltd. has developed and launched the new Caplio R6 digital camera featuring a 7.1x optical wide zoom lens (28–200 mm in 35 mm camera format) packed into a slim body just 20.6 mm at its thinnest point.
*   As of February 21. Among compact cameras with 28 mm (35 mm camera format) 5X or greater optical wide zoom lenses.

The new Caplio R6 exhibits features such as a 7.1x wide zoom and high performance CCD-shift vibration correction from the Caplio R5 (open priced, launched September 15, 2006, featuring 7.24 megapixel CCD). Vibration Correction eliminates the shake from hand movement the main cause of blurry images. The Caplio R6 also incorporates advancements over its predecessor with new features such as a slim body 20.6 mm at its thinnest point (26 mm for the Caplio R5) and a face recognition mode that automatically recognizes the subject's face or faces and records the image at the optimal settings. In addition to functional improvements, the Caplio R6 adopts the Caplio R5's design image while creating an anticipation of high performance through new design features. Those features include generous use of metal to house the lens, a distinctive strap attachment, and curves on the top. The Caplio R6 also features improved feel of robustness and texture.

Main features of the new Caplio R6

1. 7.1x wide-angle zoom lens on the slimmest body in this class of camera, measuring in at a mere 20.6 mm at its thinnest point.
• By completely rethinking the design of the double retracting lens system — an original mechanism that makes it possible to equip the Caplio R6 with a 28-200mm optical zoom lens in a 20.6mm thin body — all parts could be miniaturized through Ricoh's own technology at 0.01 mm levels.
• The lens setup was optimized by employing highly refractive glass lenses along with the double retracting lens system and by optimizing the distribution of thickness in the lens assembly.
• A wide range of photographic options are supported from panoramic landscapes and wide-angle photography and indoor shooting under low light near the subject to impressive telephoto photography.

2. New face recognition mode that automatically identifies faces to photograph people easily and clearly
• The face recognition mode for automatically recognizing and identifying faces uses a Ricoh-original algorithm to differentiate overall facial characteristics from other images viewed in the scene, thereby automatically detecting faces. Focus, exposure, and white balance are automatically adjusted to fit the face even if the subject is not in the center of the frame.
• If more than one person is in the frame, adjustments are automatically made that are optimum for the group as a whole.

3. Attention to high-quality design
• On top of great portability, design features such as generous use of metal around the lens, a distinctive strap attachment, and curves on the top create an anticipation of high performance. The Caplio R6 also sports an improved feel of robustness and texture.

4. Well-received vibration correction function as well as a variety of other innovations to prevent poor pictures from situations such as being out of focus or white saturation occurring
• Improvements have been made to the correction algorithm for the Ricoh-original CCD-shift vibration correction method for picture taking at macro and telephoto.
• A new feature in quick review lets you enlarge the image 16 times at the touch of a button. That way, you can check that the shot was in focus right away.
• A new function has been added to prevent white saturation by highlighting and flashing in quick review and playback areas with high luminance values when photographing.
• An auto high sensitivity mode has been added to allow clear shots in dark places. Sensitivity can be raised up to ISO 1600 depending on the brightness of the subject. Coupled with the vibration correction function, this gives even better blur prevention.

5. High picture quality photography through high-performance CCD and image processing engine
• The 7.24 megapixel CCD allows for high-resolution photography.
• High-level image processing is achieved and images with low noise are produced through an original image processing engine that operates at speed. Thanks to that, even photography at ISO 1600 sensitivity is possible.

6. Diverse range of original functions
• The dual size recording mode allows you to record two files at the same time with one shot: a normal sized image and a reduced size image. You can choose from 1 megapixel, VGA, HVGA, or QVGA for the reduced size. This is convenient for using photos on the Internet such as when attaching to e-mail or placing in blogs.
• Internal memory is boosted to 54 MB (26 MB with Caplio R5). That lets you take 34 shots at 7M size normal mode even without a memory card.
• Multiple individual files can be selected for deletion. And deleted files can even be recovered with the new File Recovery feature.
• You can skip 10 images forward or backward in playback. That lets you quickly search for the image you want when many images are stored on large-capacity memory.
• A Ricoh-original macro mode allows close -in shooting of objects at as close as 1 cm with wide macro and as close as 25 cm with telemacro. A Zoom Macro function is included to allow use of digital zooming from the optical zoom position where subjects can be captured at their largest.
• The Caplio R6 includes an Auto Resize function that automatically changes the image size when shooting at 7M size and zooming in excess of 200 mm optical. This enables high zoom photography of up to 34.1x* (equivalent to 960 mm) at high image quality without image correction processing. It is also equipped with general digital zoom.
* at VGA image size

7. Large, high-resolution LCD
• The Caplio R6 has a bright, high-resolution, high viewing angle 2.7-inch LCD (Caplio R5 LCD is 2.5 inches).

8. Long-life rechargeable battery for approx. 330 shots under CIPA standards (standard accessory).
• The power-saving features of the internal circuit allow for a battery life equivalent to previous models, even with the smaller battery in the slimmer Caplio R6.

9. Skew Correction function
• Through an original algorithm that automatically detects trapezoids in images based on composition when shooting and corrects them to rectangles, images can be corrected to look as though they were shot from the front. The function is most effective in business environments where subjects such as blackboards, overhead projector images, time schedules, and signs cannot be shot from the front.

Additional information: All about the new Ricoh Caplio G6
March 5, 2007
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