Ricoh 500SE GPS
PMA 2010 Report
Ricoh Corporation solidified its leadership position in providing cameras with integrated GPS technology by announcing its plans to release the Ricoh 500SE GPS-ready digital camera later this month. Developed for outdoor location-based photography, the Ricoh 500SE boasts extreme ruggedization 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 radio.
Ricoh Caplio 500SE - Software
“Ricoh’s design philosophy is to produce cameras that meet the unique needs of its target markets. The Ricoh 500SE was specifically designed to optimized map-based workflows. It provides the definitive process to easily integrate location-based multimedia files into mapping software and overcomes all of the detriments found in other methods of associating pictures or videos with a point on a map.” said Jeff Lengyel, Manager, Ricoh Digital Imaging Division.
Ricoh 500SE camera - Geographic Information Systems
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.
Ricoh 500SE digital camera - GPS and Availability
In addition to storing GPS data in the image and video files, the Caplio 500SE camera also utilizes a user-configurable ‘data dictionary’ to tag files with workflow-related information. These attributes become part of the GIS layer table for automated database integration. The Ricoh Caplio 500SE will be available from Authorized Ricoh Geo-Imaging resellers on January 15th.
Ricoh Caplio 500SE GPS camera - Waterproof and Shock resistant
The Ricoh 500SE’s waterproof and shock-resistant shell protects a high resolution 8MP sensor that is image stabilized and has an ultra rapid shutter response. Additional features include GPS track log capability, GPS lock (to record the position of an object as opposed to the position of the photographer), and the ability to send images wirelessly to handheld devices via Bluetooth or WiFi.