Ricoh to swing into action with new camera

Ricoh is expected to launch a retracting lens system in a forthcoming Caplio camera.

The company has remained tight-lipped on the features, but the camera, which is expected to be available in September, will feature what the company calls a “pendulum” retracting lens system. When the lens retracts, the lens group on the body side swings like a pendulum, storing the lens in minimum space.

The lens itself is a 4.8x wide-angle optical zoom (28-135mm equivalent) and sits inside a 25mm camera body.

Called the Caplio R1, the camera will have a 4Mp sensor. Ricoh already has a higher megapixel sensor camera, in the form of the 5.3Mp Caplio GX. That sells for $699. The forthcoming Caplio R1 is expected to sell in a similar price bracket.

The company also claims the new camera will start up quicker and have faster shutter response times than earlier Ricoh models.

Full details will be revealed at a launch event in September.

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