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Ricoh R10 keeps it on the level

New Ricoh 10-megapixel camera features an electronic level and other features borrowed from Ricoh's higher-end units.


One of my legs is shorter than the other so I frequently find the pictures I take are a little crooked, unless, of course, I'm standing on a slight grade. The newly announced 10-megapixel Ricoh R10 would solve my problem (well, the cockeyed photos at least; not my legs) as it borrows a feature from 2007's GR DIGITALII and the GX200 launched this July--an electronic level indicator on the camera's 3.0-inch LCD. An acceleration sensor lets you know when you're tilting, so you can straighten out your shots before you click the shutter.

The R10 inherits its design cues from the currently available R8. Other features you'll find are a 7.1x optical wide-angle zoom lens (28-200mm in 35mm film-equivalent focal length), Ricoh's Smooth Imaging Engine III, and the ability to flag images to quickly recall them later.

No price was announced--or time frame for availability, for that matter--but if you're interested in getting one you'll be able to buy it in the U.S. from Adorama or PopFlash.Photo.

Press release and full specs.