Ricoh Caplio R5

Announced Aug 24, 2006 •
7 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 28 – 200 mm (7.1×)
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This camera has it all - on paper! Incredible zoom, lots of features, image stabilization light and fits in your shirt pocket. Unfortunately, the quality of the pictures is very erratic. I used a Canon digital IXUS 40 (SD300) before, and found the results infinitely better. The colours of the Ricoh are often weird, the flash may easily wash out your picture and at the long zoom end pictures become very grainy. Handling of contrast is very poor, your have to do a lot of bracketing and manual ...

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Andy Cam
 
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Bought this for my partner as their little 3Mb Kodak bit the dust and they wanted a little more control & bigger pixels. Features are great. But that's as far as it goes! Problems: The jpeg processing not brilliant. Handling is the main problem. There is no optical viewfinder (this is a common problem - how do you people settle for this...impossible to compose properly in bright sunlight. Next problem, and I consider this to be such a major design fault I returned the camera on this alone ...

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IanR99
 
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I wanted a state of the art, compact, wide angle, point and shoot camera with a long zoom. I bought this camera and I am very pleased with it. For the combination features and ease of use I think this camera is very good. If you want perfection then you will need a bigger, heavier camera and you will need something that certainly isn't point and shoot. I like the vivid colour setting which probably isn't for the purist but I do like to see a colourful world; black and white isn't for me! You ...

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alead
 
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I'm an amateur user, but I've been using compact cameras for many years. I had Nikon, Panasonic and Canon. I bought this camera as it incorporated many features I wanted: 28 mm., compact camera, wide zoom, 640X480 30fps videos and other. I sold my Canon Ixus 800 IS for this one (and this was my first mistake :-)). The good things I noticed are: - very powerful flash very light (in comparison with many ultra-compact Canon and Panasonic now on market) - very fast shoot Problems: On contrary, on ...

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Ciera Sumakata
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I love the size and the wide length (so useful!) as well as the pretty good zoom (I have a Panasonic that zooms 12x). Great 'go-anywhere' 'always-in-my-purse' camera. Picture quality is not too bad, noise with less light and some oversharpness, but great color, great lighting adjustments in shadows, takes excellent night pictures without a tripod--just need steady hand! Quick start up and takes sharp fast action pictures with the image stabilizer--love that feature! Alll in all quite a bit ...

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Paul Jerry
 
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Updated once more!*** Okay, I dropped it. Not far, maybe 2 feet to the floor. Toast. Sent it in. Got it fixed. Worked fine again. Slipped out of my hand again, maybe a foot this time. Toast again. I give up! I am generally very careful with my cameras (I own a few, some are antiques.) This thing seems like it is made of spun glass. Been shooting with this camera for a month now. I use it as my take everywhere digital (it's small enough for a shirt pocket - smaller than my Palm TX), and as the ...

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Roger S Davis
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I can't believe that a camera with this much capability and this many features costs this little. This camera is the ONLY pocket sizeed 7 megapixel camera with a 7x optical zoom. The image quality rivals a much larger more expensive camera I have and the features and flexibility amaze me. I haven't a negative thing to say about this awesome camrea. Problems: NONE!

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Ilovemyphotos
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I have been looking for a camera suitable for low light and was about to purchase the Fuji F30 after excellent reviews on various websites. However, when I visited camera stores, they all said that the camera was not all its cracked up to be and pointed me in the direction of the Ricoh F5 because it could handle low light just as well, and had the advantage of wide and long zoom. So, without doing very much research, I trusted the camera shop and bought the Ricoh F5. And I am so so disappointed.

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Riccardo Saller
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As soon as you have clicked some photos, you undestand that it is the ideal camera to take always with us! Very very very nice! I'm using digital camer since 1998 (another Ricoh, 300.000 px); i'have a digital reflex and it's very small (Pentax st DL). But with this camera', I would photograph at any hour af the day. And are always nice, very nice, images!

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w4rmk
 
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You can read my mini-review and comparison with other 28mm Pocket Digicams here: http://www.w4rmk.com/canon/canonsd800is.htm

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