Shockproof and waterproof 8-megapixel camera that's also a barcode scanner and GPS-ready
30 November 2011
Excerpt: On January 25, 2008, Ricoh introduced the 8.1 megapixel Ricoh 500SE Digital Camera with integrated barcode scanning capabilities to the US market. Designed for barcode-based workflows that require high-quality images, the 500SE, also known as the Ricoh Caplio 500SE model W in other markets, provides an easy to use all-in-one ruggedized solution that overcomes the image quality shortfalls of alternative systems.
Pros: 8-megapixel camera with barcode capability, Integrated WiFi and Bluetooth, Optional laser scanner, Can survive 3.3-foot drops and 14 degree temperature, IP67 rating (waterproof to 3.3 feet), Works via Bluetooth with GPS receiver, Data-Imaging and Geo-Imaging, 3X 29-85mm optical zoom allows wide angle shooting, Anti-skew and advanced text capture modes, Very strong flash
Excerpt: This is one of those 'everything but the kitchen sink' cameras, featuring a wide-angle 3x optical zoom lens, rugged waterproof body and Bluetooth or Wi-Fi image transfer. Sounds good in theory, the kicker being that it's only waterproof to a depth of about one metre.
Excerpt: With the market increasingly saturated with me-too camera models, manufacturers are branching out in more exotic directions. One area that possibly hasn't had enough interest is the adventure camera market. A typical compact doesn't respond well to a snorkelling holiday, a spot of caving, or desert trekking. Back home it may stop responding at all if water and sand damage take their toll.
Summary: --- :"\302\240The Ricoh Caplio 500SE is unique in that it's the only rugged waterproof digital camera that I'm aware of with a wide angle lens and Bluetooth or wireless support. There are a very small number of rugged waterproof digital cameras, the Olympus Mju Stylus 770SW being one, and the recently announced Fujifilm FinePix Big Job HD-3W being the other, and only the Fuji has a wide angle lens.
Pros: Good image quality - natural colour, High quality wide angle 3x optical zoom lens, Very good 2.5" screen, clear and easy to use, with bright mode, Adjust button provides quick access to commonly used features such as Custom White Balance etc, Rugged waterproof body with good hand grip, Dust proof, Sand proof, Freeze proof (upto -10 C), Available with Bluetooth or Wireless built in, GPS support built into the camera (optional GPS device required to use this feature), H...
Cons: Expensive!, Quite large., Some noise noticeable even in ISO64 / ISO100 photos., Optical viewfinder view blocked by lens., Low resolution video mode (only 320x240)., High noise levels best to use ISO200 or below.
Summary: While it has its share of flaws, the combination of rugged, waterproof design with GPS capabilities and an 8 megapixel sensor makes the Ricoh Caplio 500SE an attractive proposition for outdoors photographers.
Pros: Rugged design, waterproof, GPS functionality, Bluetooth and wireless
Cons: Noise and colour reproduction not quite up to scratch, chunky design
Summary: A purpose-built digicam for the construction and resource industries that can also be used by adventurous photographers.Although neither the smallest nor sleekest-looking 8-megapixel digicam on the market, Ricoh's Caplio 500SE is nevertheless a very interesting camera. For starters, it has been designed to meet the needs of a very specific target market: outdoor photographers who need to keep track of where shots were taken and photographers who use map-based workflows.
Excerpt: The is an 8 megapixel camera with a 3x zoom lens with a film-equivalent range of 28–85mm. There is an optional extender lens that takes the camera to 22mm at the wide angle end. Ricoh produce exceptional wide angle lenses with no trace of barrel distortion.
Pros: The Ricoh 500G is made for a particular niche market which includes firefighters, builders, engineers and architects and, we assume, explorers and white water rafters. It even has a mode for correcting photos of documents so that they are straight, with edges aligned, in the final image. It has the most amazing macro facility that photographs subjects as close as 5mm from the camera.
Excerpt: Ricoh Caplio 500G è una fotocamera digitale con sensore CCD da 8 MegaPixel e obiettivo zoom ottico 3x grandangolare, infatti è caratterizzata da una lunghezza focale minima di 28mm nel formato equivalente ai 35mm per cui si potrà contare su un campo visivo molto ampio. La sensibilità ISO e la velocità dell’otturatore sono sufficientemente variabili (ISO: 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 e Velocità dell’otturatore da 1/2000 di secondo a 8 secondi) permettendo di scattare...