Ricoh Caplio R5 review
Image quality is the best of the R series and IMO better than the CX pair also , imagine GX100 quality scaled down to a small sensor and you`re there - the R5 bugbear is that its Poorly made AND designed with lens Jams, crashes, frequent AF misses and sporadic blurred RH edge problems - add the worst designed zoom lever possible and you`ve got a right mixed bag on your hands - whether its treasure or trash depends on how good you are at keeping it running and how good the lens on your sample is but IMO its worth it for the image quality..
It`s the last Ricoh R series to use the GRD/GX battery (basically the Panasonic LX/FX Batt with ricoh written on it) and the last to do the famous R series telemacro .
Of course - its an R5 !! ........ had to manually reset the lens after a long end Jam by working the gears with a screwdriver - had to re-seat boards to stop crashing and codge the feeble plastic zoom actuator back to working (it presses two cheap bubble switches) ....... the R5 is the P&S camera equivalent of an early Oberheim synth , poorly made inside and you`d never accuse it of reliability but worth all the running repairs for the results
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