Ricoh Caplio R1

The 4Mp Ricoh Caplio R1 is made with the happy snapper in mind.

Apart from being able to manually focus, all the picture taking is fully automated. Users can only play with a few pre-set modes. These include Normal, Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Nightscape (tripod required), text (images saved as black and white TIFF files) and high sensitivity (for dark places and where the 1.8in LCD monitor becomes brighter for easy viewing). Other features include auto exposure bracketing, white balance and three continuous shooting modes

The Caplio R1 can fit a 4.8 zoom (28mm to 135mm equivalent) in its 25mm wide frame because a pendulum containing part of the glass lens system swings from the main body of the camera, where it is tucked away, and into the main lens component. This forms a completed lens barrel, providing the extra zoom.

It has 12MB of internal memory and supports either SD Memory Card or MultiMedia Card. It connects to PCs via USB. You can also connect to your TV and view images individually or as a slideshow. Ricoh claims the supplied lithium battery lasts 500 shots before needing a recharge. That is certainly the case and a standout feature to this handy camera.

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