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Old May 13, 2003, 3:47 PM   #1
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Default RR30 Phased Out? G3 Questions?

I was tipped off by a Ricoh dealer today (who sells Ricoh as part of the Sea & Sea digital underwater camera set) that the Caplio RR30 is being phased out in favor of the G3.

Wondering if anyone has heard anything else about this?

Also, does anyone have information about the G3? All I could find were the release announcements about it from mid-February, but nothing since. I'd be very interested to hear if it has hit the shelves anywhere in the world, as it seems Europe is anticipating it, but I can't find it for sale yet. Is it planned for the US as a regular retail product?

Would like to hear from anyone who has gotten their hands on one to learn real-world experience. Wonder if it suffers from the same blue cast the RR30 did before the firmware update. Any other idiosyncracies?

Talk about short life span for the RR30 if this is true.
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Old May 16, 2003, 10:19 AM   #2
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You heard right. The caplio RR-30 was the best selling Ricoh digital camera, but has been replaced the the G-3.

The G-3 has been released, it share some common parts with the RR-30 but not many. Its got a new main board and lens assembly and its a cheaper camera.

G-3 has sound. RR-30 has not.
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Old May 16, 2003, 12:42 PM   #3
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Hi snappy,

When you say the G3 is cheaper than the RR30, do you mean cost-wise or quality-wise?

Thanks,

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Old May 17, 2003, 10:00 AM   #4
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Bob, The G-3 is cheaper cost wise. Competition is driving the prices down.

In my opinion, the G-3 is priced right. the RR-30 was too expensive. There are plenty of other 3 megapix cameras on the market that were much cheaper and offered the same quality. But at least it was a genuine Ricoh and not an OEM product.

The G-3 is slightly larger and fits in the hand better and also has a metal casing.

Digital cameras seem to age like dogs. 1 human year is about 7 years in the market place. The RR-30 lasted about 10 months in production.
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Old May 17, 2003, 10:11 AM   #5
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The RR-30 also did not accept SanDisk SD cards. But a quick and easy modifaction can be made to the camera to fix this. And if you ask nicely it can be done under warranty.
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Old May 18, 2003, 12:01 PM   #6
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Snappy,

The RR30 doesn't accept SanDisk SD cards? Why not? What kind of "fix" is required?

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Old May 23, 2003, 9:25 AM   #7
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The reason might sound silly, but here it is.

The size of some cards, and the card slots in some cameras are slightly different. Only minute amounts but enough to cause a problem. The contacts dont meet.

The fix? Put a small cushion on the SD card cover to push the card further into the slot to make contact.

Weird hey?
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And in less than 5 months, the G3 has come and gone. The G4 and G4 wide are about to hit the market. Go see Ricohs web site for details.

The G4 wide has got an equiv. 28mm lens on it.

Anyone seen one yet?
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