Playback Features

To view previously taken pictures and videos, you can either press the Quick View button or slide the main power switch to Play. Moving to different files can be accomplished by pressing the left and right arrow buttons. You can also jump ahead 10 pictures by pressing the down button or back 10 pictures by pressing the up arrow.

Thumbnail view

Image regular view

Image magnified 4x

By pressing the zoom controller toward the wide end, you can view a thumbnail screen with 9 images. Conversely, by pressing the zoom controller in the telephoto direction, you can magnify an image up to 4x in 0.5x increments. While an image is magnified, you can move around to different areas of the image by using the directional buttons.

By default, the LCD monitor displays the recording quality and number of each picture. However, to view additional information for an image, you can press the OK/Menu button and select "Info". By doing this, the following information will be added to the display: resolution, exposure compensation, white balance, and file number. Despite which level of information you choose to have displayed, the information will disappear approximately 3 seconds after viewing a picture.

Other than the information option, there are 3 additional options available: Slideshow, Mode Menu, and Erase. The slideshow feature does not have any adjustable values. Instead, the pictures are displayed for approximately 3 seconds before moving to the next image. The Mode Menu contains a few more submenus with options related to playback: Play, Edit, Card, Setup. We have outlined the options below:

Protect Off, On
Rotate +90°, 0°, 90°
Print Order Select, All

The Protect option allows you to tag specific images so that they cannot be erased accidentally. With the Print Order option, you can specify images for printing as well as the number of copies desired. You can also specify whether or not to stamp the time or date on the printed images. The Edit submenu only has one option: resize. You can resize an image to either 640x480 or 320x240. The resized image is saved as a new file. The Card menu only has the option to format the flash card. The Setup menu has the "All Reset" and "Language" options that we already discussed in the Recording Features section. Below are the 3 additional options:

LCD Brightness 15 increments
Date/Time Set
Thumbnail 4, 9, 16

The Thumbnail option allows you to specify how many images are to appear on the thumbnail screen during playback.

Recording Features Battery Performance


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  • akaristos2 - Tuesday, February 8, 2005 - link

    Any sources in Europe where it could be had for 129 euros? Much appreciated a reply. Thanks Reply
  • akaristos2 - Tuesday, February 8, 2005 - link

    Where can I gt a Ricoh Caplio RX and at what price point. Thanks for a reply. Reply
  • cryptonomicon - Wednesday, January 5, 2005 - link

    the a340 will probably enter the price point soon too, i got it for $161 at ritz's / wolf's. Reply
  • tmim16 - Monday, January 3, 2005 - link

    I got the Fuji A330 for my wife back in May for her birthday not knowing that much about it, but man were we impressed! I got it as a mother's day newegg special for $180 including a 128MB xd card.

    Even though I'm not in the market for another camera, I would have liked to see a couple more compared.
  • orenb - Monday, January 3, 2005 - link

    Zepper, the Ricoh Caplio RX can be had for €129 in Europe, which is not that far off $150.

    As for not having it in the US, well, that's a bummer. Having to settle for plastic toys that take almost a whole second to actually shoot sucks, especially when one has to pay roughly the same price as the RX.

    Both Ricoh and American residents are losing big time from this, the former loses a huge market, the latter loses some really cool and innovative cameras, but since Ricoh can't handle the demand in Europe (at least in the UK and Germany they can't), I bet they have a good reason to wait with a US launch.
  • unclebud - Monday, January 3, 2005 - link

    "Nice article... would have been nice to see it BEFORE the holidays though ;) "
    what i was thinking (although i have 6 or 7 digicams and ain't gone buy another one for more than a hundred)
  • Zepper - Monday, January 3, 2005 - link

    Almost no Ricoh product is available in the USA as Ricoh has chosen not to compete here in the consumer market (perhaps you weren't aware that AT was an American web site). I guess it's not too hard to get their copiers here though.
    . Not to mention that the price of the few Caplio RXs I've found such as on eBay is about twice that of the units under test - apples and oranges...
  • spug1 - Sunday, January 2, 2005 - link

    ...geez everyone!! Get off their back. It would be an impossible job to do all of the cameras at this price point! Kodak, fuji and olympus are big names, which people will often go to straight its allowing the customer to make an educated choice on popular brands. I sell a large range of cameras at my shop, and I most always recomend the a330. Its a beautiful little camera, and IMO the best bang 4 buck at this price!! Reply
  • Souka - Sunday, January 2, 2005 - link

    Title should be "Three $150 digi-cams compared"

  • Z80 - Saturday, January 1, 2005 - link

    I'm on my third Fuji digital camera and they have all been great performers! They all still work too! The latest model I purchased last year just before Christmas was the FinePix S5000 with 10x optical zoom. I've found that the xD-Picture Card memory helps lengthen battery life to where I can shoot well over 100 photos without recharging the batteries. Also, the Fuji cameras all appear to have better jpeg compression that other cameras because my photo files at 3.1 or 4.2 Megapixel take less space than other cameras. When my family got together and compared photos after our Christmas party last weekend, my Fuji consistently took better photos than the other cameras. Even the Canon Digital Rebel that my nephew didn't really know how to use. Reply

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