Ricoh presents wide-angle tough guy

With the swagger of a Mafia boss, a new tough member of the legendary Ricoh Caplio family has sauntered into town and declared itself the hardest wide

With the swagger of a Mafia boss, a new tough member of the legendary Ricoh Caplio family has sauntered into town and declared itself the hardest wide-angle digicam around.

We won’t be arguing with the 500G Wide’s claims – you can drop it from a height of 1m, dunk it underwater and cover it with dust, and it’ll carry on taking your photos with barely a flinch.

Plenty of rugged digicams like the Pentax Optio WPi have entered our offices asking to be thrown around, but none have sported the Caplio’s wide-angle, 3x optical zoom, which is handy for taking pictures of big groups of people or objects from very close range.

Its 8.1MP lens will manage posters-sized photos, there’s a 2.5in LCD – a new feature lacking in its 400G predecessor – alongside the optical viewfinder, and antiblur tech will help counteract your hangover shakes.

That’s not all on the spec front either. A flash range of 10m makes it ideal for camping shots at dusk, it has a reasonable start-up time of 1.2 seconds, and it’ll also capture 320x240 pixel videos.

The Caplio 500G is due to go on sale later this month for £380, when it should appear in Ricoh’s online shop here.