Ricoh yesterday announced the launch of the new Caplio R6, which is the world’s thinnest camera to feature a 7.1x optical zoom lens.
Developed from the design of the excellent Caplio R5, the new camera measures just 20.6mm thick, although this is measured at its thinnest point, so the maximum thickness will be a few millimetres thicker.
The new skinnier profile has been achieved by re-designing the versatile 28-200mm equivalent lens using a double-retracting mechanism and highly refractive glass optimising the distribution of thickness in the lens assembly.
Like the R5 it features a 7.24 megapixel CCD with Ricoh’s own moving-sensor anti-shake mechanism with an improved algorithm, and now also incorporates that latest must-have gizmo, face detection technology.
Other unique new features include a dual size recording mode which allows you to record two files at the same time, one normal sized image as well as a reduced size image of either 1 megapixel, VGA, HVGA, or QVGA size. It also has more than double the internal memory of the R5 (54MB rather than 26MB), and a larger LCD monitor (2.7in rather than 2.5in). 16x playback zoom, highlight warning and an improved high-ISO auto-sensitivity feature will also help produce sharper, better-exposed pictures.
Available in silver, black or red, the R6 will be in the shops from the middle of March, with a recommended retail price of £229.99 including VAT.