Ricoh has announced it will ship two high-resolution digital cameras - the RDC-6000 and the RDC-7 – this summer.

The RDC-6000 is aimed at consumers, while the RDC-7 is designed for professionals and others who want multimedia functions.

The RDC-6000 has a 2.14 megapixel CCD and can capture still shots in resolutions ranging from 640-x-480 pixels to 1600-x-1200 pixels. Interpolation, the process of inserting "synthetic" pixels between existing ones, boosts the camera's resolution up to 2000-x-1500 pixels, according to the company. The camera stores pictures as JPEGs on SmartMedia cards (an 8MB card is included).

Full motion The RDC-6000 has a simplified, large-dial control for selecting camera modes. Like many recent megapixel cameras, the device also captures motion video at resolutions of 320-x-240 or 176-x-144-pixel resolutions in JPEG AVI file format. You can capture up to two hours of video and store it on an optional 64MB SmartMedia card, according to a Ricoh spokesperson.

The camera comes with serial and Universal Serial Bus port connectors, 4x-digital zoom, a five-mode flash (including red-eye reduction), 1.8-inch colour LCD, optical viewfinder, video out, white balance adjustments, and other customizable settings.

RDC-7 Ricoh's RDC-7 has a 3.34 megapixel CCD and can store JPEG or uncompressed TIFFs in resolutions up to 2048-x-1536 pixels. With interpolation, the RDC-7 becomes a 7-megapixel camera. Ricoh claims the top image resolution is 3072-x-2304 pixels.

As with the RDC-6000, the RDC-7 can capture full-motion video. It can also add audio annotations (as WAV files) to still images. Ricoh claims the camera can scan printed documents as black-&-white TIFFs.

Other features include 3x optical zoom, serial and USB ports, and an 8MB SmartMedia card.

Most notable is the RDC-7's styling. The slim, pocket-size device features a pivoting 2-inch colour LCD for maximum viewing flexibility. The camera also has an optical viewfinder.