The new rough-tough compact designed to cope with whatever life throws at it.
Building on the solid reputation set by the Ricoh G700, the new G700SE version has even more to offer the photographer that’s used to dealing with hazards on a daily basis.
Designed to meet the rigorous demands of professionals working in construction, medical and other hazardous industries, the G700SE is dust-proof, waterproof to a depth of 5m, freezeproof down to -10°C and shockproof if dropped from a height of up to 2m.It is even chemical-resistant, allowing the body to be easily disinfected with ethanol or sodium hypochlorite.
In addition to its tough credentials, this camera is packed with the latest technologies to help it cater for the specialist market at which it is aimed. The G700SE offers GPS and/or barcode-reading functionality (with optional extra plug-in modules), as well as wireless LAN (802.11b/g) and Bluetooth (Ver.2.1+EDR) connectivity as standard.
Image quality is very good, particularly when making use of its excellent 1cm Macro mode. low light proves to be more challenging for this camera, but in good light the colours and detail that are capable of being reproduced are both excellent.
Check out issue 6 of Digital Photography Enthusiast for my in-depth review of this impressive camera. In the meantime, here are a few shots from the G700SE: