What's new from: Ricoh, HP, Vivitar, Minolta, Sony, Olympus,

What's new from: Ricoh, HP, Vivitar, Minolta, Sony, Olympus,


Targetted at road warriors and home users, particularly teens, the new Ricoh Caplio RR211 digital camera is the ideal second digital camera for the home. It supports Internet use and offers simple point-and-shoot functionality. Weighing 110 grams, this 2 megapixel digital camera features a 4x digital zoom, continuous movie mode and, as a competitive value-add, can also be used as a PC Webcam for real-time communication. The Caplio RR211 also features an all-glass lens and comes available with either long-lasting rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries or AA for back-up. It features 8MB internal memory and will accept SD memory cards. The Ricoh Caplio RR211 is distributed in Australia by Galas Electronics, Anyware Computer Accessories, Direct Memory Access and MMD Computers.

RRP: $249 (Inc. GST).


The HP Photosmart 435, featuring HP Instant Share, is targetted at the active photographer who requires a lightweight and compact camera. It features 3.1 megapixel resolution, 5x digital zoom and can capture quality video with audio at a rate of about 15 frames per second. A 1.5-inch colour LCD display allows preview and review of all images, and has direct connectivity to Photosmart printers, no PC required. The camera features a self-timer of 10 seconds, a flash working mode of 2.5m, and 30-bit colour depth, and comes bundled with HP Photo and Imaging software for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh, HP Instant Share and HP Memories Disc Creator software. The Photosmart 435 is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98, Me, 2000 Professional, XP Professional, XP Home Edition, Mac OS 9.1 and higher, OS X 10.1.5 and higher. The HP Photosmart 435 is distributed by Tech Pacific and Synnex.

RRP: $349 (inc. GST).


The Vivitar DF200 is an digital flash unit compatible with all digital cameras that have a built-in flash. The DF200 offers the power and versatility of a 35mm-type flash unit with an intelligent circuitry that learns from your own camera’s flash characteristics. Offering a guide number of 92@100 ISO equivalent, DF200 users can choose from four selectable power levels and lens coverage from 28mm to 105mm equivalents in 35mm photography. A 330-degree swivel and 90-degree vertical bounce adjustment allow for a variety of lighting options. Contact Ricoh Australia to locate your nearest distributor.

RRP: $149 (inc. GST).


The 3.2 megapixel Minolta Dimage Z1 is armed with a 10x optical zoom lens and 4x digital zoom. Sporting a compact and stylish form factor, it features a switch finder function that allows the camera’s LCD monitor to be viewed directly or through the viewfinder, using a shutter mirror that closes over the 1.5-inch colour LCD and redirects the image up to the eye-level finder. The Real Motion LCD monitor uses a 60-frames-per-second frame rate, which allows “live” action to be viewed smoothly. It is powered by four AA-size batteries and weighs in at just over 400g with the batteries and SD card loaded. The Dimage Z1 uses Rapid AF (automatic focus) technology that estimates the distance to the subject and the camera’s CCD to determine the precise focus point. The new Progressive Capture drive mode is also highly touted, especially for action photography. When the shutter release button is pressed and held down, Progressive Capture begins saving images in the buffer memory. It also offers a range of options including Auto, Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual modes. There are also five preset scene modes and a movie mode available. The Minolta Dimage Z1 is distributed by Hagemeyer Appliances Australia.

RRP: $849.


The 3.2 Megapixel Cyber-shot DSCP8L camera is a small point-and-shoot model with metal construction and an InfoLithium battery system that will capture film quality shots up to 17.25cm x 13.00cm. Featuring a Continuous Auto-Focus System to maintain continuous focus lock on moving subjects, a live histogram, and adjustable colour saturation and contrast, the DSCP8L also boasts 3X optical zoom and MPEG VX movie mode with audio recording. The DSCP8L is distributed by Tech Pacific, MMT, Bluechip Infotech, IT Wholesale, EC’s and J. Mills Distribution.

RRP: $699.


Olympus C-350 Zoom features 3.2 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom lens and a small, compact body. This new model will appeal to users looking for more than just a point-and-shoot digital camera. It has four scene programs (portrait, self-portrait, landscape and night scene) each with optimal settings. When using the night-scene mode, the camera automatically engages a noise reduction function. It features auto white balance and four pre-set options for different conditions: daylight, overcast, tungsten and fluorescent light. The C-350 Zoom provides several digital editing functions in order to achieve bold effects without sacrificing ease of use. Shots can be changed to sepia or black and white photos. A resizing option allows reduction of the data’s file size. The camera also includes: the recording of 15 frame-per-second movie clips in the QuickTime Motion-JPEG format, a panorama and 2-in-1 shooting function, as well as a built-in flash with four flash modes. The C-350 Zoom is available through Olympus Australia.

RRP: $499 (inc. GST).


The HP Photosmart 245 is a portable photo printer with an integrated multi-slot memory card reader and 1.8-inch colour LCD monitor that makes it easy to print directly from digital camera memory cards while on the road without a PC. This printer is designed for the active, digital photography enthusiasts and features 4800 optimised dpi and HP PhotoREt 3 colour layering technology. It can print one 4x6 inch photograph at normal speed in 90 seconds or in 140 seconds in fast mode. The 245 prints up to maximum 105 x 148.5mm sized images on Windows 98, Me, 2000 Professional, XP Home and Professional; and Mac OS 9.1 or later, OS X v 10.1 through v 10.2 on G3 processor or greater. The Photosmart 245 is distributed by Tech Pacific and Synnex.

RRP: $399 (Inc. GST).

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