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Ricoh Caplio 400G Wide: a new 3.24Mp waterproof digital camera

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Ricoh Caplio 400G Wide: a new 3.24Mp waterproof digital camera

Late in January Ricoh is to start selling its new waterproof digital camera — Caplio 400G Wide — featuring a 3.24Mp (effective) 1/2.7" CCD.

The novelty bases on Caplio 300G sold since September. It features wide-angle lens with 3x optical zoom (F2.6-4.3, 28-85mm in 35mm equiv.)

The model can shoot at 2048x1536, 1280x960, 640x480, and record movies at 320x240 (up to 30s) or 160x120 (up to 120s). The focusing distance is 0.3m to inf. (Normal) and >1cm (Macro). The camera has an optical viewfinder and 1.6" LCD. Images are stored on SD/MMC cards, but the camera also has 8MB built-in and USB interface.

The body meets the 7th Class of water protection and the 6th Class of dust protection, according to JIS. FYU: the 7th Class of water protection implies 1m to 30m operational depths.

The camera powers from 3 x AAA batteries. Sized 135x69.5x75.1mm, it weighs 355 g without batteries and memory cards. Caplio 400G Wide MSRP in Japan is about $900.

Source: PC Watch

VIA and SiS November results. Dim forecasts for December

Despite the aggressive price policies for their P4 chipsets VIA and SiS still can´t achieve significant results in this field and the top is still occupied by Intel. According to the fresh data from Taiwanese analysts, both VIA and SiS in December will likely be 20% short in revenues gained in November

VIA and SiS November results, NT$ million
Company Nov. Nov./Oct. Nov.2003/Nov.2002 Jan. — Nov. 2003/2002
VIA 1657 -16.0% -28.7% 18845 19.3%
SiS 1416 9.5% 21.6% 15764 8.9%

Source: The DigiTimes

Sharp to ship the new 1/1.8" 6Mp CCD

Late in December Sharp is going to ship its new 1/1.8" 6Mp CCD — RJ21T3AA0PT/ST — naturally designed for digital cameras. Besides, the company started shipping the corresponding logic to speed up the launch of volume production of cameras with the new CCD.

RJ21T3AA0PT/ST CCD specs:

  • 4:3 aspect ratio
  • 6.36 million pixels (2934x2167)
  • 6.20 million effective (2872x2160)
  • 2.5x2.5µm pixel size
  • 105mV degree of impression
  • 550mV saturation power
  • -88dB smear ratio
  • -20°C to +70°C operating temp. range
  • 20-pin DIP package
  • ¥8,000 ($72) MSRP
  • Volume shipments in January 2004

Source: PC Watch

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