Ricoh Caplio RR120 Digital camera

The Caplio RR120 is an entry-level model from Ricoh that combines value for money and ease of use. Photographically it's limited and it doesn't have many extras, but it's a good introduction to digital photography.

With dimensions slightly too big to be called compact, the Caplio is a sturdy and robust device. It has the look and feel of a more expensive camera despite its pleasantly low price tag, along with an attractive sleek sliver finish.

The 2.2 megapixel CCD offers a maximum resolution of 1792x1200 and the 8MB SmartMedia card can hold up to seven high-resolution Jpeg images. As you'd expect at this price point, the camera offers fairly basic automatic photography, but there is some scope for a few user-defined settings. By flipping the jogdial to manual shooting, you can choose a white balance preset or an exposure compensation, and switch to an exposure speed equivalent of ISO 400, but that's about it.

Ricoh has sensibly put the most important buttons -- quality setting, flash configuration and macro shooting -- on the top of the Caplio so you don't have to navigate hidden menus. Quality is reliable at the maximum resolution and the colours look good, but there's no point in bumping to a lower resolution unless you only intend to use the images on a Web site.

It comes with four AA alkaline batteries but, as ever, we'd suggest you swap these for some rechargeable NiMH ones.

Ricoh Caplio RR120

The RR120 is a well made entry-level model from Ricoh that packs quite a lot of features into a small and relatively cheap package, including a 3x optical zoom and a comprehensive menu system. We liked the Caplio but, as you would expect, pay a bit more cash and you'll get a better model.

Price: $699.

Phone: (02) 8977 1111.


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