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Digital Camera Test Drive
Ricoh RDC-5300

Uncomplicated And Easy To Use, This New Digital Camera Packs Some Unique Features

By Theresa Husarik

The Ricoh RDC-5300 digital camera is small enough to carry around in your pocket and fun to take everywhere. Take it to the zoo or take it in your backyard, and start taking digital pictures that you can immediately print and share with family and friends. After a brief skim of the user's manual, I was ready to roll.



The 5300 is a fully automatic camera, so you don't have to fumble with a lot of buttons and dials—just point and shoot. However, if you do want to take some control over the exposure, you can use the exposure compensation function to overexpose or underexpose up to 2 stops. What's more, the Ricoh 5300 offers auto-exposure bracketing, a feature usually found on better 35mm SLRs. This feature lets the camera automatically take three shots at different exposures—the first shot is at the camera's meter reading, and the other two are 0.5 EV above and below that reading. This helps ensure you get the best exposure. Using these exposure controls, I was able to get a properly exposed image of a snow scene, a polar bear and a white puppy.

The 3x zoom lens (equivalent to a 38-114mm lens on a 35mm camera) gives a nice range to make composing a snap. I often like to photograph very tiny subjects, so I tried the super macro feature, which allows close focusing down to 1.5 inches. With this setting, I was able to compose a shot of tiny pine cones so that they filled the frame. (However, I discovered that I really needed a tripod to get sharp results because, at great magnification, the slightest camera movement is greatly exaggerated.)

The Ricoh RDC-5300 comes with 8 MB of built-in memory, plus the option to use removable SmartMedia cards for additional storage. It's USB-compatible, so if your computer has a USB port, you'll get fast downloads without a card reader. All in all, this is a fun, versatile camera without a lot of complication.

Contact: Ricoh, (888) 742-6410, www.ricoh-usa.com.

Key Features
  • Automatic exposure bracketing
  • 8 MB of internal memory
  • 3x optical zoom
  • Macro function for close-ups to 1.5 inches
  • USB interface



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