Ricoh 500SE – GPS Ready Digital Camera

Last update: Review by GeoInformatics (added on 12 July’07)

Ricoh has recently announced the Ricoh 500SE – a 8.1 million pixels GPS ready digital camera which will capture location data with your image. The camera features 28mm wide angle zoom lens, memo function, bluetooth, waterproof/shock resistant, and a 2.5″ TFT LCD screen. The Ricoh 500SE is measuring in at 133.0 x 78.5 x 74.0mm, weighing Approx. 430g and it’s running on Rechargeable battery (DB-43) or 2 AA batteries. The Ricoh 500SE will be available at SRP £549.99 inc Vat and £599.99 inc Vat WiFi version

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 12.07.07)

GeoInformatics reviews the Ricoh 500SE and writes;
“The GPS receiver and its connection to the camera work perfectly. The camera can be set to automatically look for the GPS receiver on the Bluetooth connection during start-up. One minor problem I encountered was where to mount the GPS receiver. This was quickly solved using some tie wraps to strap it to my photo bag.”
Rating: N/A

DigicamReview reviews the Ricoh 500SE and writes;
“The camera has a very good 2.5″ screen. The camera feels very sturdy and is comfortable to hold thanks to the large hand grip. The camera is very easy to use, thanks to the mode dial and easy to use menus. There is a good layout of buttons and controls, and a good adjust button and a few scene modes to make it easier to use. The camera speed is very good, with a good switch on time, very rapid focusing time, very quick shutter response, quick playback mode, and quick menus…If the camera fits your requirements, and the price doesn’t put you off, then the Ricoh Caplio 500SE is recommended.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoReviewAU reviews the Ricoh 500SE and writes;
“Pictures taken outdoors with the Caplio 500SE were colour accurate with more modest saturation and a wider dynamic range than most compact digicams. Image sharpness was also adequate with no visible evidence of over-sharpening..It’s important to understand that the Caplio 500SE is a highly-specialised imaging device, even though at its heart is a fairly standard 8-megapixel digicam. However, the high price tag ($1399) is partially justified by its robust, weatherproof body, which is well-designed and constructed.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Ricoh 500SE and writes;
” We tested its waterproof capabilities and everything functioned as expected. It had no problems operating when submerged and suffered no ill effects while taking photos. It is also shock proof to a height of one metre, and once again our testing proved this unit more than lived up to its claims. You can throw this camera into your bag and forget about it because it can certainly take quite a beating.”
Rating: ★★★½☆


- Ricoh 500SE Sample Photos @ DigicamReview

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- Download Ricoh 500SE User Manual (PDF – 4.29MB)


5th February 2007 - Ricoh Corporation solidified its leadership position in providing cameras with integrated GPS technology by releasing the 500SE GPS-ready digital camera. Developed for outdoor location-based photography, the 500SE boasts extreme durability and high resolution to meet the image quality and all-weather usability demanded by the mobile GPS photographer. The camera’s integrated precision GPS module provides for an all-in-one, easy- to-use device for geo-coding images and video at the time of capture. For applications that require even greater precision, the camera is capable of receiving NMEA data streams from external GPS devices via its on-board Bluetooth(R) radio.

Once the captured “geo-images” and “geo-video” files are transferred to a PC, they are automatically converted to shape files or merged into geo- databases for instant integration into Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Points representing each file’s position may be hovered over to display a thumbnail of the file, or clicked on to access the original image or video.

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1 Comment »

Comment by Ole
2007-02-04 19:13:36

The 500SE B is now also available in Europe from alta4 and ships with the free Google Earth photo viewer software Fodysseus RE.


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