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Ricoh HZ15 Digital Camera

16MP 15x CCD Oct 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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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 Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 224 user and expert reviews for Ricoh digital cameras and found that on average Ricoh has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Ricoh has good reviews specifically for its compact 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 typical of many compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as 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 think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including the PowerShot A4000, or the PowerShot G12 (£439.99) both from Canon which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many compact cameras that came out around the same time as it. 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 Ricoh camera is too bad for you then you might want to look at the PowerShot A4000 (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the PowerShot G12 (£439.99) (MMC|MMC+|SD|SDHC|SDXC) both from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

Across all the digital cameras of this age and spec the digital zooms range from 1x to 810x. With a digital zoom of 6 times zoom factor, the Ricoh HZ15 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst compact cameras of this age.

If this compact camera camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the DSC-WX220 (£99.99) (20x), the DSC-W830 (£104.48) (32x), or the DSC-W800 (£69.95) (40x) all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Ricoh HZ15 has an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot G12 (£439.99), the Olympus VR-350, or the Sony DSC-W810 (£79.00).

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The Ricoh HZ15 has one of the bigger optical zooms (15 times zoom factor) amongst compact cameras of this age. The average optical zoom of compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HZ15 is 9.3x.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS (£99.00) (18x) which also has a higher rating.

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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 comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot G12 (£439.99), the Olympus VR-350, and the Sony DSC-W810 (£79.00) is also worth considering.

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Has Six White Balances

The Ricoh HZ15 has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This Ricoh camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on cameras that have been around for more than two years. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Ricoh HZ15 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. Most digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera have still image resolution(s)s of 4608x3456, 4608x3072, 4608x2592, 3648x2736, 2592x1944, 2048x1536 and 1920x1080 and 640x480. Across all compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HZ15 the worst still image resolution is 384 x 480 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The Ricoh HZ15 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Ricoh camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HZ15. The photo effectss "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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Five Number of Aspheric Elementss

Most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago have between 1 and 12 number of aspheric elementss, including the Ricoh HZ15 which has five number of aspheric elementss.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of 10.8, the Ricoh HZ15 has one of the smaller maximum aperture numbers amongst cameras of this age. Compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HZ15 have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 72.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 360 millimeters, the Ricoh HZ15 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. Across all the compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HZ15 the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 18mm to 1,000mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 250mm.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Ricoh HZ15 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Ricoh digital camera). In addition, this camera supports a video resolutions 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 video resolution of all cameras of this age and spec ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Supports One Camera File System

The Ricoh HZ15 has a greater number of camera file systems than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras of this age and spec.

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Features Four Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Ricoh HZ15 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this Ricoh camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus and Tracking Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 24 millimeters, the Ricoh HZ15 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HZ15. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this age and type is 5mm and the longest is 39mm.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

With an ISO sensitivity (min) of only 80, the Ricoh HZ15 has one of the smaller ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst compact cameras of this age. The average ISO sensitivity (min) of comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HZ15 is 94.

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13 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on five expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, gadgetspeak.com and tecnozoom.it this camera has an overall expert rating of 68 out of 100.

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 Capability

The Ricoh HZ15 does not support video capability. Most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HZ15 also do not support video capability.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a video capability and we think the VR-350, or the VR-340 (£75.99) both from Olympus or the Canon PowerShot G12 (£439.99) which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Ricoh HZ15 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not support Full HD video.

Alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to consider include the Coolpix S5200, or the Coolpix S5200 both from Nikon or the Sony DSC-WX220 (£99.99) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not support wi-Fi. The Ricoh HZ15 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a wi-Fi and we think the Coolpix S5200, or the Coolpix S5200 both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS (£99.00) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The Ricoh HZ15 is not 3D, although this is within the context that most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the HZ15 are also not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the VR-350, or the VR-340 (£75.99) both from Olympus or the Nikon Coolpix S5200.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most cameras of this age and spec do not have a GPS (satellite). The Ricoh HZ15 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS (£99.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Ricoh HZ15 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HZ15 are also not waterproof.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The Ricoh HZ15 has a greater number of flash modes than most compact cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of this age and type. The flash modess "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

The Ricoh HZ15 has one of the smaller internal memorys (only 8 megabytes) amongst compact cameras of this age. The smallest internal memory of similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HZ15 is 6.9MB, the biggest is 8.2GB, and the average internal memory is 290MB.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

At only 1,600, the Ricoh HZ15 has a quite low ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HZ15. The average ISO sensitivity (max) of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago is 4,600.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

At only 4 seconds, the Ricoh HZ15 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. The shortest slowest camera shutter speed of digital cameras of this age and type is 0.12s, the longest is 250s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 15s.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Ricoh HZ15 is more than most compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Ricoh camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HZ15.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Ricoh HZ15

£0.01 Price Increase

The price of the HZ15 has increased by £0.01 in the last 37 days.

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Ricoh digital camera was released over three years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Ricoh HZ15 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

Other 3" screen cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include the Canon PowerShot A4000, or the Olympus VR-340 (£75.99) which has better reviews.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16 megapixels, the Ricoh HZ15 has a fairly standard megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HZ15.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 16MP digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the VR-340 (£75.99), or the VR-350 both from Olympus or the Canon PowerShot A4000.

If this camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-WX220 (£99.99) (18.2MP), or the Canon IXUS 155 (20MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Ricoh HZ15 has a relatively average weight (181 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the HZ15.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the Sony DSC-H90 (£95.99) (192g).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
AV Output
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Camera File System
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
System Requirements
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Quick Start Guide
Networking
Wi-Fi
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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