Ricoh has launched the R8 compact digital camera. The successor to its R7 digital compact camera, the R8 is a 10Mp camera features a 7.1 optical wide angle zoom lens and 2.7in HVGA LCD screen. It costs £249.
Measuring 102x58x26mm, the slim-line has been re-designed and includes a rubber hand grip that "fits perfectly in your hand". Users will benefit from the CCD-shift vibration correction function and Face recognition mode, which automatically identifies faces in a scene and optimises the focus, exposure and white balance for the faces.
The camera also offers the 1:1 aspect square format photography function which according to Ricoh offers a "composition that has quite a different feel from the standard rectangular vertical or horizontal formats". A movie recording function offers the capability to record up to 90 minutes of film. The R8 benefits from a 24MB internal memory but is also compatible with SD cards up to 2GB and SDHC cards up to 8GB.
The rechargeable DB-70 battery that comes bundled with the camera is expected to offer a life of 270 pictures and a battery charger, USB cable, AV cable, two hand straps and software is also included.
The R8 is available in three colours; black, silver or two-tone and can be purchased from March 2008 for £249.99 inc VAT.
Ricoh's R8 is the successor to its R7 digital compact camera