Ricoh Caplio R3

Announced Sep 7, 2005 •
5 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 28 – 200 mm (7.1×)
Q Kingston Peng
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I spent $300.00 bought this camera in Marchl 2006. Now you can buy it under $250.00. It was not easy to buy Ricoh camera in the United States. I only find it in New York City camera store, and mail order it. Nowhere else in all US continent I saw it sells Ricoh camera. I had Nikon Coolpix 8400, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Olympus C-4000, Fuji FinePix A303, and Fuji FinePix E500 before I bought this one. I bought Fuji Finepix v10 after I bought this. I love travel, and love taking many photos during ...

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Basic_user
 
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Very easy to use. Lovely big LCD display. Many extra modes and functions to play with once the basics have been mastered. And ULTRA small to slip into a pocket or handbag. Am VERY VERY pleased with the prints I have had done from my camera.

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sychan
 
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This is a great little pocket camera. Lots of people whine about the image noise at high ISO, but what did they expect from a little teeny sensor? It is no worse than any other camera in the same category, and to be honest, its actually better than I had any reason to expect. The camera operates as a simple P&S for many people and gives "good enough" quality, but if you are capable of doing post, then under expose a bit, leave the sharpening at low/soft and fix things in post. The big selling ...

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Guy Parsons
 
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Nice truly pocketable camera, ideal for travel. Camera, charger and a bunch of 1 gig SD cards makes a nice small package. Construction seems a little flimsy (particularly the battery door) but no problems so far. Very fast to turn on and shoot, no more lost shots waiting for camera to "warm up". The 28mm equivalent wide angle is absolutely essential for a serious traveller for many shots. Image quality out of box needs some help, I've set mine to biggest jpeg, Softest sharpening, Lowest ...

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obione980
 
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A versatile, well-featured camera. Problems: None, though I am consciously careful of the interleaved lens cover.

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loeblich
 
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positive: this little camera offers excellent value for money. lense-range is super. mall size is fantastic negative: compared to previous models only the plastic lens covers are a little too light and tend to get jammed. replacement battery, charger, acessories are expensive Problems: also the chromeplate of main button came off, ricoh repair service have no outlet in Austria and repair requires 2-3 weeks (estimate) for replacing a part which takes ca. 1 minute.

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emilferro
 
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Great Camera; very small; amazing zoom............in my opinion umbitable !!! I owned a Panasonic FZ5 and also a Nikon coolpix S4...............the RICOH is much better than this two cameras. Is the perfect companion for a DSLR Problems: The only con I find is that movie mode is only XVGA; hope that in future we can have a firmware that updates movie sizes to VGA

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TwoWolves
 
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If you are looking for camera with faster start-up, small form-factor, and an impressive zoom range on a modest budget this is the camera for you. The battery goes a long way on a single charge which overall makes it the ideal travelling companion. It is however not perfect, the focusing in low light is poor and if you want to take low-light natural shots your photos will be very noisy but I should add that its not much noisier than the competition. Most of the problem is the auto-exposure ...

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raw_martini
 
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I have a canon DSLR and its the same old problem -not having your camera handy for that perfect shot. I decided to go for R3 despite all the 'noise' noise and got my new little camera yesterday :). First impression: 1) Really small 2) very light 3) amazing set of features! including manual focus in such a tiny camera. 4) flimsy lens cover blades as mentioned elsewhere in this forum. not a big issue. 5) Noise. I don't think its a problem. I took some test shots indoor at ISO 100 and it looks ...

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tom_chou
 
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Must faster than my Canon S60, with better ergonomics, better zoom, and excellent image stabilization. A longer review, and full size samples are here: geocities.com/tom_jhou/ricoh_r3.html Some reduced size samples are here: flickr.com/photos/tomjhou Problems: Blades that protect the lens are fragile.

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