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Ricoh RDC I500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the exposure and screen. The usability and shutter are also appreciated. The memory and flash get less positive comments, while there are mixed comments on the glare and energy efficiency.

image quality, shutter, usability, screen, exposure

responsiveness, battery, connectivity, flash, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Ricoh RDC I500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh RDC-i500 (Derek Lee, 27 Apr 03)


A good DC many of us have been overlooked. We always talk of Canon, Nikon, Minolta and ....., but we seldom think of other brands like Ricoh. Luckily I find it in second hand market, but it perform exceptionally good. Merits: - accurate color - 1 cm...

a bit slow in response ; battery performance is only average

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh RDC-i500 (SoftDeko, 30 May 02)


8 page review of this camera - I was given it to comment on - normally I review software, from a users prospective. The learning curve was steep. Found it to be a snapper of a cam / . I had software to use it with, hence the review of the camera. See...

Only three: Battery, adapter and the user guides

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh RDC-i500 (cliff shum, 22 May 02)


Overall this digicam is good compared to its counterparts of similar technological age launched in late 2000 / early 2001. Picture quality is good except for night scene: noise is high if exposure is longer than 2 sec. Red & blue dots will be found in...

Long delay when shifting from off-flash mode to automatic mode


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Owners Opinion: Ricoh RDC-i500 (Andree, 7 May 02)


I've tested this camera for 4 days and i my first opinion was excellent design.But after taking 40 pictures (half with flash) the akku was empty.Alltough charging takes only 60min a 2. Akku is required (next 50€) .The shock came after i transfered the...

Accu lifetime ; Handling ; USB too slow ; Autofocus too slow ; Flash takes too long to be ready

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh RDC-i500 (Richard, 30 Apr 02)


I have had this camera, my first digital, for 6 months & am delighted with it in every way. I love the shape, so easy to slip in a pocket. Ease of use, image quality & features are all excellent. No problems with battery life but best to have two. No...

Shutter action is a bit slow. Screen hard to see in daylight. Software not brilliant but once up & running it's OK

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh RDC-i500 (Garry Cartlidge, 6 Apr 02)


Not sure what everyones gripes are, this is my 3rd cam, all fuji so far. This is excellent construction, holds my charge for ages,qhick focusing, more features than the space shuttle. Got it for £373 with 2 yrs warranty Best camera ever

None at all

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh RDC-i500 (Jane Chen, 25 Mar 02)


CF card compatibility

I just brought this camera and a SanDis 64mb cf card, but it seems that the card is'n compatible with the camera. Can anyone give me some suggestion regarding 1)what kind of cf card would be compatible with this camera and 2)where I would be able to...

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh RDC-i500 (A.W., 12 Mar 02)


*** SCHLECHT *** Diese Kamera hat mich Nerven gekostet. Das Handling ist sehr gewöhnungsbedürftig und ständig kommt man aus versehen an die Optik. Viel Zeit bleibt nicht um Fotos zu machen, weil man ständig am Wischen ist. Der Autofocus ist langsam,...

Der Autofocus ist langsam ; Schlechte Software ; Langsame Übertragung

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh RDC-i500 (JoJo, 16 Dec 01)


I bought this Camera 3 month ago - and I am very happy, I did so. This device is the best digital camera so far, I have ever had. Handling is very easy and picture quality is brilliant.

Software for TIFF, with modem card only internal memory

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh RDC-i500 (Hongcifu, 14 Dec 01)


The image quality is very good, it doesn't seemed to be too red or too yellow, byt there is a lot of disadvantages.

The battery life of the d cam is too short, even I bought two batteries, it cannot last for 1 day ; The time for saving the photo is too long, if the photo is not yet saved, you power off the cam, that photo will miss ; The time for to charge the flash...


Product Specifications

Ricoh RDC-i500 redefines imaging. It features 3x optical zoom and photo-quality resolution. This gives you the flexibility you need in almost any shooting situation. And because it is optical, the zoom maintains sharp resolution across its range. If you want to see the world up close, you can. You can shoot from as near as 1cm from a subject without losing normal definition. The 2.0-inch LCD screen swivels to let you take shots accurately from the most challenging angles. The 200, 000-pixel, active matrix screen provides the accuracy and detail you need to check shot quality or review results. Auto and manual focus modes give you complete control on your camera. RDC-i500 provides text, motion, voice memo and annotation modes. Capture text crisply in black and white. Voice memos and a movie-capturing capability add realism and impact. You can annotate stills with sound or record thoughts on the run. Split-screen shooting allows you to view two images simultaneously. You can clarify detail or simply make your results look more interesting by simultaneously displaying images in one screen. This is very handy for presentations when you need to make it easier to understand product details. Save time by linking RDC-i500 to a PC through a LAN or USB connection. The camera lets you modify browser communications settings and input preset memos. The JOB Navi Function is useful for quickly auto-generating an HTML file. Just select captured images and slot them into an HTML template, and you're now ready to upload to the Internet. The RDC-i500 allows you send and receive e-mails using your mobile telephone, or upload your files direct to your PC via a telephone line. You can access your files easily with the folder management facility, and use a built-in electronic address book.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Pan-focus

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Ricoh RDC

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.6-3.4
Max Focal Length:21.9mm
Min Focal Length:7.3mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:3.3Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:3.2
ISO (Max):800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode / Panorama mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical