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Ricoh HZ15 Digital Camera

16MP 15x CCD Oct 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
RICOH HZ15 digital compact camera, features a lightweight, easy-to-carry body; a high-magnification optical 15-times zoom lens; and a large 3.0-inch LCD monitor. Within a compact, go-anywhere... More
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23 Reasons For

Good Quality Lens

One Ricoh HZ15 owner who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it had a good lens. One person wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good zoom.

Good Size

One Ricoh HZ15 owner wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com three years ago “The Ricoh HZ15 is a 16 megapixel compact camera featuring a 15x, 24-360mm zoom lens with a built-in Shake Reduction mechanism”.

Reasonably Priced

One customer who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was good value for money. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote “The Ricoh HZ15 offers a good zoom range for a very fair price” in their review of this digital camera.

Ricoh Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Ricoh is one of the better rated camera manufacturers according to average expert and user reviews, and Ricoh also has good ratings for its compact camera digital cameras.

Good Quality Pictures

One Ricoh HZ15 reviewer said that the Ricoh HZ15 had a good image sensor. Ephotozine.com wrote “It also has a 16 megapixel sensor, 720p HD video recording” however they only rated the Ricoh HZ15 60 out of 100.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on digital cameras that are a similar age to it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CCD sensor to this digital camera and we think the J1458W[pl_1861982_price], and the J1455[pl_1773004_price] both from GE or the Samsung ST90[plb_1216_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Nikon Coolpix L820[plb_2153075_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The Ricoh HZ15 has a quite big digital zoom (6 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HZ15. The digital zooms of digital cameras of this age and type range from 1x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 12x.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 6x digital zoom cameras and we think the J1458W[pl_1861982_price], the C1440W[pl_1772806_price], and the G100[pl_1861772_price] all from GE which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the FinePix JV500[pl_2602086_price] (6.3x and higher rated), the FinePix JX660[pl_2442129_price] (7.2x and higher rated), or the FinePix JX650[pl_2417691_price] (7.2x and higher rated) all from Fujifilm.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The Ricoh HZ15 has a quite big optical zoom (15 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years. The optical zooms of comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the HZ15 range from 2.7x to 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.6x.

We compared this camera to all the other 15x optical zoom cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price], and the GE G100[plb_1861772_price] is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Samsung WB200F[plb_2071998_price] (18x), the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS[plb_2110760_price] (18x), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price] (20x) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the HZ15, the Ricoh HZ15 has an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to look at including the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], or the GE J1250[plb_1773000_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Ricoh HZ15 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the HZ15.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price], and the GE A1455[plb_1772760_price] is also worth considering.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Ricoh HZ15 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This Ricoh digital camera also have still image resolutions of 4608x3456, 4608x3072, 4608x2592, 3648x2736, 2592x1944, 2048x1536 and 1920x1080 and 640x480. The best still image resolution of all digital cameras of a similar type and age to the HZ15 is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The Ricoh HZ15 has a greater number of photo effects than most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The photo effects "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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Five Aspheric Elements

The Ricoh HZ15 is a five aspheric element digital camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

The Ricoh HZ15 has one of the smaller maximum apertures (10.8) amongst cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of a similar age and type to the HZ15 the maximum apertures range from 1.8 to 87, and the average maximum aperture is 6.8.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on cameras of this type and age.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

The maximum focal lengths of cameras of a comparable age and type to the HZ15 range from 0.28mm to 1,800mm. With a maximum focal length of 360 millimeters, the Ricoh HZ15 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Ricoh HZ15 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). This camera also supports a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The worst video resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HZ15 is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Features Three Light Metering Modes

The Ricoh HZ15 has a greater number of light metering modes than most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This digital camera features a Centre-weighted light metering mode, which is the most frequently featured light metering mode featured on digital cameras of this age and spec. The light metering modes "Evaluative (Multi-pattern)" and "Spot" are also featured on this camera.

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Supports One Camera File System

The Ricoh HZ15 has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by cameras of this spec and age.

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Features Four Auto Focus

The Ricoh HZ15 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most commonly featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this camera. The auto focus Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus and Tracking Auto Focus are also featured on this Ricoh digital camera.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The Ricoh HZ15 has a quite short minimum focal length (only 24 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the HZ15. Digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HZ15 have minimum focal lengths of between 5mm and 120mm.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

Compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have minimum ISO speed of between 10 and 1,600, and the average minimum ISO speed is 99. With a minimum ISO speed of only 80, the Ricoh HZ15 has one of the smaller minimum ISO speed amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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13 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this compact camera camera is 68 out of 100 based on five expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, gadgetspeak.com and tecnozoom.it.

Poor Product Quality

One Ricoh HZ15 reviewer said in their reviews that it was not good quality. Ephotozine.com mentioned “Unfortunately image quality isn't the best.” in their Ricoh HZ15 review.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Ricoh HZ15 does not support video recording, unlike most of the other cameras of this type and age.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support video recording that you might want to consider including the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Sony DSC-HX20[plb_1543754_price], or the Nikon Coolpix 8800[plb_1640989_price].

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the HZ15 do not support Full HD video. The Ricoh HZ15 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Coolpix S9500[pl_1721861_price], or the Coolpix S9400[pl_1873860_price] both from Nikon or the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the HZ15 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Ricoh HZ15 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth also looking at other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S9500[plb_1721861_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Ricoh HZ15 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HZ15 are also not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S9500[plb_1721861_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Ricoh HZ15 does not have a GPS. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also do not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also have a GPS including the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HZ15, the Ricoh HZ15 is not waterproof.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The Ricoh HZ15 has a greater number of flash modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the HZ15. The flash modes "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Ricoh camera.

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Very Small Internal Memory

With an internal memory of only 8 megabytes, the Ricoh HZ15 has one of the smaller internal memory amongst digital cameras of this age. The average internal memory of compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HZ15 is 330MB, and the internal memory range from 1MB to 8.2GB.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

Digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the HZ15 have maximum ISO speeds of between 200 and 26,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 4,500. The Ricoh HZ15 has one of the lower maximum ISO speeds (only 1,600) amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Only Has Six White Balance Modes

The Ricoh HZ15 has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the HZ15. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this Ricoh camera.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Ricoh HZ15 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by digital cameras of a similar age and type to the HZ15.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Ricoh HZ15

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Ricoh released the HZ15.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Ricoh HZ15 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the HZ15.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Samsung WB200F[plb_2071998_price], the Sony DSC-WX300[plb_1621847_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Galaxy EK-GC100[pl_2075290_price] (4.77"), or the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price] (4.8") both from Samsung or the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Ricoh HZ15 has a relatively standard megapixel count (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the HZ15.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 16MP cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S6150[plb_1147112_price], and the Fujifilm FinePix F900[plb_1546241_price] is also worth considering.

If this camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might want to consider the Nikon D810[plb_2077436_price] (16.1MP), or the Sony DSC-W730[plb_2083671_price] (16.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Ricoh HZ15 has a pretty standard weight (181 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the HZ15.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
AV Output
USB Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Hand Strap
Quick Start Guide
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash

Expert Reviews

(6)
26 March 2014

This is a small digital camera from a brand that is both Pentax and Ricoh as they are now one company. A lot of people think of Ricoh for printers but cameras are also their thing both digital and... Read more…

Zoom discreto
Filmati HD
20 modalit di scena
Facilit d'uso
Stabilizzatore meccanico
Risoluzione display
Ampiezza obiettivo
No funzionalit avanzate
Qualit foto e video
Schermo LCD a bassa risoluzione, qualit foto e video solo sufficiente, costruzione fisica migliorabile
6 November 2013

The Ricoh HZ15 is a 16 megapixel compact camera featuring a 15x, 24-360mm zoom lens with a built-in Shake Reduction mechanism. The HZ15 also offers a 3-inch LCD monitor, 720p video recording,... Read more…

1 November 2013

The Ricoh HZ15 offers a good zoom range for a very fair price. Unfortunately image quality isn't the best, but those who share images on the web, rather than produce large prints, will be pleased...

26 December 2013

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12 January 2014

La Ricoh HZ15 è una fotocamera compatta entry-level dal prezzo abbordabile e perfetta per chi è a digiuno di fotografia, ma si distingue per essere la prima della nuova era nata dalla fusione...

15 November 2013

Ricoh HZ15 è la nuova fotocamera compatta entry -level del noto produttore giapponese, che ha recentemente rilevato anche il marchio Pentax. Si presenta sul mercato con un prezzo consigliato di... Read more…

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