updated 02:30 pm EST, Fri November 10, 2006
Ricoh Caplio RR730
Ricoh's newest camera is the RR730, a 7.1MP compact. It has 3x optical zoom with 4x digital, for a possible combined factor of 12x. Maximum apertures range from f/2.8 in wide-angle to 4.8 in telephoto. In addition to using SD cards as external memory, the 730 has 32MB of internal memory, which is twice as much as its predecessor and can be useful in cases of overflow or for taking brief snapshots. The camera also records video, and images are displayed on a 2.5-inch LCD. The whole unit runs on two AA batteries. The RR730 is not available in North America at present, but since you can find the RR630, expect it to appear in the near future.