Ricoh has today unveiled the PX, the first in a new series of digital compact cameras designed to be both water and shock resistant.
Ricoh claims that the 16-million-pixel PX can be used at an underwater depth of 3m, for up to one hour, and withstand drops from a height of 1.5m.
Powered by a rechargeable battery, the PX sports a 5x optical lens designed to deliver the 35mm viewing angle equivalent of a 28-140mm zoom.
A digital zoom expands zoom power to an equivalent focal length of 1,344mm, adds Ricoh.
Features also include a 2.7in display, subject tracking AF, a Smooth Imaging Engine IV processor and an HD (1280×720 pixels) video function.
Minaturize, Toy Camera and Soft Focus are among the PX?s digital filter effect options.
The PX is compatible with the X2-series of Eye-Fi SD memory cards and will go on sale in the UK next month, priced £179.99.
RICOH PX Main Specifications, as supplied by Ricoh UK
No. of effective pixels (camera):
Approx. 16.00 million
1/2.3˝ CCD (approx. 16.40 total million pixels)
Focal length: 5?25 mm (35 mm format equivalent: 28?140 mm)
F-aperture: F3.9 (wide-angle) to F5.4 (telephoto)
Shooting Distance: Approx. 3 cm ? ∞ (wide-angle), 50 cm ? ∞ (telephoto) or 3 cm ? ∞ (?Loupe?) (from the front of the lens)
Lens Construction: 13 elements in 10 groups
Optical: 5× (35 mm format equivalent: 28?140 mm)
Super resolution (SR): 2×, for a combined zoom of 10× (35 mm format equivalent: 280 mm)
Digital: 4.8×, for a combined zoom of 48× (35 mm format equivalent: 1344 mm)
Auto Resize: *1 7.2×, for a combined zoom of 36× (35 mm format equivalent: 1000 mm)
Multi AF (contrast-detect AF), spot AF (contrast-detect AF), face-priority multi AF, subject tracking AF (with AF auxiliary light)
Image sensor shift image stabilization
Shutter Speed: *2
Photographs: 8, 4, 2, and 1?1/2000 s
Movies: 1/30?1/2000 s
Frame rate: *3 Approximately 1 fps
Metering: Multi (256 segments)/center-weighted/spot
Mode: Program AE
Exposure Compensation: Manual exposure compensation (?2.0 to +2.0 EV in increments of 1/3 EV)
Exposure Range (auto mode, center-weighted metering): 3.2-17.7EV(wide angle), 4.1-19.4EV(telephoto), (Exposure range for auto ISO calculated using values for ISO 100.)
ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity):
Auto, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200
Auto, multi-pattern auto, outdoors, cloudy, incandescent 1, incandescent 2, fluorescent, manual
Mode: Auto, on, off (red-eye reduction option available in camera menus)
Range: Approx. 20 cm ? 3.5 m (wide-angle) or 50 cm ? 3.0 m (telephoto), measured using auto ISO with a maximum of ISO 1600, measured from the front of the lens)
2.7˝ transmissive LCD monitor with approx. 230,000 dots
Shooting Mode: *4
Normal, movie, premium shot (P, portrait, night portrait, hand-held night scene, party, cooking, sweets, loupe, landscape, beach, snow, sports, fireworks, auction, skew correction, pets, miniaturize, toy camera, high contrast B&W, soft focus, cross processing, black & white, sepia)
Image size (pixels):
Photographs: 4608 × 3456, 4608 × 3072, 3456 × 3456, 4608 × 2592, 3648 × 2736, 2592 × 1944, 2304 × 1728, 1280 × 960, 640 × 480
Movies: 1280 × 720 *5, 640 × 480
SD and SDHC memory cards (up to 32 GB), internal memory (approx. 40 MB); Eye-Fi cards (X2 se-ries) supported
Capacity *5 (40 MB internal memory):
Photographs: 6 (4608 × 3456), 7 (4608 × 3072), 8 (3456 × 3456, 4608 × 2592), 10 (3648 × 2736), 15 (2592 × 1944), 19 (2304 × 1728), 43 (1280 × 960), 169 (640 × 480)
Movies:*6 7 s (1280 × 720), 22 s (640 × 480)
Photographs: JPEG (Exif version 2.3) *6
Movies: AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG compliant)
Compression: JPEG baseline compliant
Other notable shooting options:
Continuous mode; self-timer with shutter release delay of approximately 10 or 2 seconds and group portrait auto release; framing grid
Other notable playback options:
Multi-frame playback, favourites, privacy settings, resize, skew correction, image cropping, slide shows, DPOF print selection
USB 2.0 (High-Speed) mini-B connector, Mass Storage compatible *7, AV output 1.0 Vp-p (75 Ω), HDMI micro output terminal (type D)
Video Signal Format:
One DB-100 rechargeable battery; AC-U1 USB power adapter
Battery life: *8
Approximately 300 shots with DB-100 (Off selected for Sleep Mode) *9
Dimensions (W × H × D):
100 mm × 55 mm × 21.3 mm
Approx. 156 g (includes memory card and supplied battery)
Approx. 136 g (camera only)
Water and dust resistance:
Class 8 JIS/IEC water resistance, class 6 JIS/IEC dust resistance (IP68); can be used underwater to a depth of 3 m for up to 60 minutes at a time
0 °C to 40 °C
*1. VGA images only.
*2. Upper and lower limits vary according to shooting and flash mode.
*3. As measured by RICOH using a Panasonic PRO HIGH SPEED 8 GB SDHC Class 10 memory card. Frame rate and maximum number of frames vary with shooting conditions and with the type and condition of the storage de-vice.
*4. The options available vary with image size.
*5. Individual movies may be up to 4 GB in size or 29 minutes in length.
*6. Compatible with the Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF, a JEITA standard) and Digital Print Order Format (DPOF). Full compatibility with other devices is not guaranteed.
*7. Mass Storage is supported under Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OSX 10.1.2?10.6.6.
*8. Measured according to CIPA standard. For reference only; actual number of shots varies greatly according to how camera is used.
*9. Approximately 320 shots can be taken when 10 seconds is selected for Sleep Mode.