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Ricoh RDC-1 digital camera wins Best of COMDEX Award.

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 21, 1995--Ricoh Corp.'s RDC-1 digital camera received BYTE's Best of COMDEX/Fall `95 Award in a ceremony held at the COMDEX exposition last week.

The RDC-1, which is the world's first camera capable of recording and playing back still images, full-motion video and audio, was selected by editors of BYTE magazine as the best input device from among an estimated 7000 products making their debut at COMDEX.

In its seventh year, the Best of COMDEX awards recognize unique, technically innovative and cutting-edge computer products that are introduced for the first time at COMDEX, the computer industry's major trade exposition. Each year, BYTE presents awards in 16 various categories to products or technologies that have strong potential to influence the industry at large.

"The Ricoh RDC-1 represents a technological milestone in the photographic and computer industries," said Joseph Bollentini, senior vice president of Ricoh's Consumer Products Group. "Ricoh is honored and flattered to receive the Best of COMDEX Award for the RDC-1 camera, which is the first computer product offered by Ricoh's Consumer Products Group."

Designed for multimedia applications in business and government, the RDC-1 can record a maximum of 492 still images, four motion scenes with sound (five seconds each) or about one hour and 40 minutes of sound on a 24 Megabyte (MB) PC Card (formerly known as PCMCIA cards). Users can transfer the images and information directly to a PC or Macintosh computer or transmit them over phone lines via a modem. The camera can be connected directly to a television or Ricoh's optional 2.5-inch LCD monitor for immediate playback. Currently available in Japan, the pocket-sized RDC-1 camera will begin selling in the United States in Spring 1996 for a suggested list price of $1,800.

BYTE magazine is a recognized global authority on technology integration and is read by over one million readers worldwide.

The Ricoh Consumer Products Group is one of the top six manufacturers of 35mm cameras worldwide. Based in Sparks, Nev., the company designs, manufactures and sells both single-lens reflex and point-and-shoot cameras. The company offers 25 cameras in its current line. Ricoh technology for electronics, optics and plastics is on the cutting edge, and the company has one of the most extensive research and development centers in Japan. Ricoh Corp. is also a leading manufacturer of copiers, fax machines and digital products.

For more information on purchasing cameras from Ricoh Consumer Products Group, call 800/225-1899.

CONTACT: Technology Solutions Inc.

Barbara Hagin or Jennifer Chu, 408/280-6000
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