The Ricoh G900 is a heavy duty camera with a waterproof, dustproof, shock- and chemical resistant body, ideal for use on building sites, work places etc. It features advanced camera functions to enhance image file management, provides GPS functions and barcode scanning capability. The G900 features a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with 20 effective megapixels, which captures bright, high-resolution images even in low-light conditions.
Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor
The G900’s back-illuminated CMOS image sensor captures bright, high-resolution images even under low-light conditions of dimly lit worksites.
Thanks to its approximately 20.0 effective megapixels (compared with approximately 16.0 megapixels of the previous model), the G900 retains sharp, clear images even after cropping.
The G900’s solid, airtight body is waterproof to a depth of 20 meters and for up to two hours of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX8 or JIS Class 8).
Despite its compact, lightweight design, the G900 incorporates a protective reinforced glass element to the front surface of its lens and a number of protectors at crucial parts of the body. Its rugged body is shockproof against a fall from heights of up to 2.1 meters, dustproof (equivalent to IPX6 or JIS Class 6), cold-resistant to temperatures as low as -10°C, and crushproof against weights of up to 100kgf (kilogram force). Thanks to this heavy-duty construction, the G900 performs superbly and dependably in harsh, demanding conditions of various worksites.
This business-use model is also designed to be highly resistant to chemicals, such as ethanol, sodium hypochlorite, and liquid chorine dioxide solutions used as fungicidal food additives.
Enhanced Camera Memo function
The G900’s Camera Memo function allows the user to attach a text (100 items max.; up to 128 letters per item) or an audio file (30 seconds max.), which has been previously created on the camera or computer, to a captured image. It also allows the user to browse reference images compatible with the Camera Memo function, such as a plan or blueprint, on the camera’s monitor, after selecting a desired subject from a list of as many as 999 memo contents.
In combination with the barcode scanning function, the G900’s Camera Memo function makes it effortless to attach certain barcode information to camera memo data.
Using the included EX2 application software, the user can integrate image categorizations and file names into camera memo data, making it possible to greatly reduce the post-shooting workload. The camera also allows for the export of data stored as an XML file in the desired format, to improve the interface with databases.
Password-protected Camera Lock function
The G900 lets the user restrict use of the camera’s operations, entirely or partially, by locking some of functions from a list of menu items, including camera access, menu access, internal memory viewing and USB connection. The camera can be released from lock status by inputting a password using the camera’s onscreen keyboard or barcode scanning function.
Two separate passwords can be set — one for the user, and another for the administrator — to restrict camera operations. The administrator, for instance, can create a personal password to lock the menu access to restrict the use of certain functions at worksites and prevent the user from accidentally changing camera settings during shooting; the user can create another password to lock camera access to prevent a third party from using the camera.
The G900 also allows the user to set a password for each SDHC- or SDXC-type memory card. Even when an SD card is lost or stolen, this password protection prevents the disclosure of images stored on the card to outsiders.
The G900 comes equipped with a large, high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD monitor with 3:2 proportions and approximately 1,040,000 dots. Its AR (Anti-Reflection) coating minimizes annoying glare and reflections to assure a sharp, clear onscreen image, even in the harsh sunshine often encountered at outdoor worksites. It also features an Outdoor View Setting, which allows for easy adjustment of monitor brightness according to changes in ambient lighting conditions, optimizing the visibility of the onscreen image.
The G900 incorporates a GPS module, which receives signals from Japan’s quasi-zenith satellite system Michibiki and Russia’s GLONASS (global navigation satellite system) in addition to U.S. GPS satellites, and an electronic compass which covers 360 degrees in 16 directions. By linking it with the SBAS (satellite-based augmentation system), the user can record more accurate position and direction data at various locations and times. It also assures a shorter start-up time for activating the GPS module (approx. one minute with the camera’s power off; approx. 20 seconds with the camera in sleep mode; approx. three seconds with the camera’s p