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Ricoh RDC-5300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the zoom and image quality. The connectivity and value for money are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some less positive views about the flash and portability. Views about the focus and lens are mixed.

usability, value for money, connectivity, image quality, zoom

screen, features, battery, portability, flash

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Ricoh RDC-5300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

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The Ricoh RDC-5300 is a 2.3 megapixel camera with an image resolution of 1792 x 1200, 896 x 600 or 640 x 480 (digital zoom mode only). It is an upgraded RDC-5000 with a F3.2 3X optical zoom lens covering the 35mm equivalent range of 38-114mm. Common with

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Digital Cameras - Ricoh RDC-5300 Digital Camera Review


With its sturdy design and good physical protection when shut down, the RDC-5300 offers convenient pocketability with carefree operation. Exposure modes like Time-Lapse, Soft focus, Slow Shutter and Monochrome expand your creative options without...


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First Look The Ricoh RDC 5300


The digital camera market has seen a lot of new introductions lately, many of which are in the 3.3Mp family. There have also been many introductions of cameras with less pixel power, all priced accordingly. Along with this range of prices and pixel...

The RDC-5300 does not pack the pixels of the latest generation of digital cameras recently announced and coming out sometime this summer. If you want a 3.3Mp digital camera then wait it out. But the 2.3Mp chip in the Ricoh camera delivers startlingly...

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Ricoh RDC-5300


: Note that larger handgrip and lens barrel

Figs 3a-c: From left to right: -0.5EV, Normal, +0.5 EV. Shot using auto-bracketing function

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh RDC-5300 (Elias, 24 Mar 02)


I have tried the camera for some weeks now and I am very satistied.

The date has to be set after each battery change

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh RDC-5300 (Richard Forrest, 11 Jan 02)


Good solid camera capable of producing excellent quality images under the right conditions. I have taken thousand of photos, many using the macro settings. The auto-focus can be eratic, and the manual focus is virtually useless.

Problems with focusing, especially in low light

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh RDC-5300 (Michael Schramm, 7 Jan 02)


I've been using the RDC 5300 for 1.5 years now and have made hundreds of photos. Overall, it's a good camera as long as light is bright and the subject doesn't move.

Poor autofocus, especiallly if light is dim ; Focussing manually isn't practical ; Long delay in shooting (press button and wait a second) ; Battery-hungry, especially with lower voltage (NiMH) ; Weak built-in flash ; Few buttons, menue is needed often

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh RDC-5300 (Joe, 12 Dec 01)


I've had the camera 1 year. Overall very well built and easy to use. Action shots don't come out well. Don't know if this a problem for all digital cams or not. Pictures are best outside or in very bright light.

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh RDC-5300 (Fred in Albany, 28 Nov 01)


I have had the camera and really enjoy it. I went from a Nikon SLR which had more features and capabilities than my wife could master. The 5300 is the best bridge betwen user friendly and technical sophistication.

I go one of the early releases and my camer lacks the digital zoom capabilities

Product Specifications

The RDC-5300 is a blend of the features of traditional photography with the benefits of digital, resulting in a camera that offers the best of both worlds. The camera not only looks and feels like a 35MM camera, but it's 2.3 million-pixel CCD capture images with enough definition to yield full size prints. The cameras 3X all glass, aspherical optical zoom lens provides superior image quality. Although fully automatic, all the camera's controls, such as white balance and exposure and focus may be, overridden to create stunning effects. If you like photography, you'll love this camera.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SmartMedia

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SmartMedia card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Ricoh RDC

Lens System

Max Focal Length:24mm
Min Focal Length:8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:2.3Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC / PAL
Digital Zoom:2.5
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical