Ricoh Caplio R4

Announced Feb 23, 2006 •
6 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 28 – 200 mm (7.1×)
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I have owned this camera for over a year now and I have to say I still love it. It is not a point and shoot, you have to learn the camera to get the best out of it, but once you do, you will love it. On a recent trip to Greece the pic I took with the R4 were as good or better than my H9 with a polarizer! I have printed as large as 11 x 14 and they look great. The one complaint is the display is less than stellar but the pics always look so much better when I download them than I thought ...

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Michael Elsner
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I have had this camera for a few months and it takes awesome outdoor shots in full light! The Macro is just insane, crystal clear, zoom is also fantastic. I am so glad I bought this little gem. Problems: Low light issues

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Great features in a small camera. I guess that is what everyone is attracted to by the R4. Here's what I like about it: It's quick. No shutter lag to speak of. Snap focus mode makes a quick camera exceptionally quick. Wide angle - on it's release there weren't that many small digicams with such a wide end and a big ol' zoom. Macro is superb. One of the best I've ever used in this respect. It's a great little camera, and in my opinion the R4 is better than than it's immediate successor the R5. ...

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Andrew Higgins
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Ricoh's R-range of cameras are unique in offering a 28-200mm (35mm equiv') zoom lens range, with vibration correction technology, in such a small and reasonably priced digital compact. It was this spec that drew me to the R4, and I've been delighted with it. It's such an all-rounder, and nicely sized for constant carrying in my pocket. Some comments have been made about image 'noise' particularly at higher ISO settings, but I find the pictures to have a very 'film like' grain, which ...

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Tom Caldwell
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The R4 produces excellent images - much better than might be expected from its size. It is an ideal complement to my fixed-focus Ricoh GR-D. For the price of two tiny cameras I get a highly portable wide range of lens utility and quality results. If the ultimate quality of a top-range dslr/lens combination is not there then the bulk, weight and price advantage means that most images will be caught with the smaller outfit as it will always be there. The R4 has 7x optical zoom and image ...

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m_erhard
 
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Very fast, good resolution, good colours, sometimes a bit too sharp. But: no manual operations, no A-Mode, no + and - settings for exposure

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Digitex
 
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A constant companion due to its' small size , photographic versatility, and very clear colorful pictures generated . After a month of ownership and about 1000 shots later , I have become very attached to the Ricoh R4 . Mine is the black version , and while not really a glamor cam , is quite esthetically acceptable . For ease of use ,it betters my Panasonic DMC-FZ20 and my Fuji E510 . Now to the positives : 1) the 28mm to 200mm zoom range is a real winner . 2) the clear,richly colored photos ...

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I've chosen this camera with great care, being used to SLR. So I knew the flash is very very poor. Unfortunatly my camera has quite often problems with banding. But for the rest the camera is as expected: small, good zoom range and a surpricingly marvelous macro. The IS works fine and the camera powers-on quickly. Picture quality is high: normally the pictures are sharp and well exposed. I must say that the high ISO pictures are not that bad: the noise reduction isn't strong so still clear ...

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Bill Faulding
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Had the camera 3 months now. I’m a keen amateur photographer, with a 35mm DSLR, and I spent many months looking for the “perfect” compact camera, for those occasions when you go for a stroll and don’t expect to need a camera but just might. You don’t want to drag the SLR with you, but if there IS a photo opportunity, you want to get a decent picture. I wanted Image Stabilisation and a good zoom range, in a small camera. I wanted wide angle AND telephoto. I favoured a “big brand” camera ...

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-Great 7.1x optical zoom + wide angle (28-200mm) in a pocketable stylish body -Very efficient antishake system -Fast operation -Good colours -Wonderful macro - Ricoh´s specialty -Excellent battery life -Virtually NO red eye, which is very rare in pocket cameras Problems: Movie mode is disappointing. Flash often overexposes. Purple objects come out blue both on LCD and processed pictures. Power button is hard to press sometimes. Mode selector seems very flimsy and weak.

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