Ricoh Caplio R3 Announced

September 7, 2005 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras | 422 Comments | |

Ricoh Caplio R3The Ricoh Caplio R3 digital camera is announced. The Ricoh R3 is a 5 megapixel compact camera with a 7x optical zoom lens equivalent to 28-200mm. The R3 also features vibration correction of the CCD. The Ricoh Caplio R3 will be available in both black and silver colour. Price and availability to be confirmed.

Ricoh UK Press Release

The Caplio R3: A pocket-sized digital compact that combines the 7.1x optical zoom with vibration control.

London 2005. Ricoh announces the launch of the Caplio R3 compact digital camera. This new model features a 7.1x optical wide zoom - the largest in its class *  – and a vibration correction function.

* Among digital cameras lighter than 150g as of Aug 29th          

With a smaller body, the new Caplio R3, has a 7.1x (28—200 mm) wide-angle, high-powered zoom lens - the biggest in its class. The lens was created by adopting the newly developed Double Retracting Lens System, an advance on the highly successful Retracting Lens System, the original lens storage system engineered by Ricoh for its innovative products. Moreover, to address blurred images caused by hand movement inherent to long focal ranges, the Caplio R3 avoids this problem in telephoto, macro, or indoor shots with the addition of a vibration correction function.

By letting part of the lens assembly protrude from the camera body during lens storage, the wide-angle, high-powered zoom lens is even more compact.

Ricoh has historically manufactured products based on the concept of Expandability. In addition to the wide-angle high powered zoom, the new Caplio R3 expands the range of shooting even further by employing such enhanced features as 1cm macro function - Ricoh’s specialty - and quick response times. 

Ricoh Caplio R3Main Features for Caplio R3:
7.1x wide zoom lens, largest in its class, in a 26mm body!
The newly developed Double Retracting Lens System allows part of the lens assembly to protrude from the camera body during lens storage. This enables the body, a mere 26 mm, to have a 28–200 mm 7.1x wide zoom lens. (The Caplio R2 has a 28–135 mm 4.8x lens.)
The highly versatile Caplio R3 delivers outstanding results in practically any photographic situation, whether it’s capturing a panoramic landscape in one shot, wide-angle images in a room where everything is very close, or the fine details of distant objects.

Vibration Correction Function, based on Ricoh’s original CCD shift method.
Whenever it detects excessive camera motion, the vibration correction system, developed from Ricoh’s original CCD shift method, moves the CCD in the opposite direction to counterbalance camera shake, resulting in sharp pictures that would have been blurred otherwise.

As it is not necessary to incorporate the vibration correction system into the lens, many lens design options, were available, facilitating the design of a slim body and a wide to long telephoto range lens.

The Caplio R3 shows its effectiveness best in high-powered telephoto, macro, or indoor shots without using flash. Once again the vibration correction function allows for sharp images that would not be possible otherwise.

The macro function, a Ricoh specialty, has been strengthened.
The camera’s macro mode, can take a macro shot of an object from just 1 cm away.
The new zoom macro function automatically sets the focal distance of the lens at the optimum distance for capturing an image of each object as large and close as possible.
If AF Target Selection is used, it is even possible to focus on objects within the frame without moving the camera. By determining the optimum field of view, taking into consideration such information as the size or contrast of the object, focusing accuracy becomes that much higher when shooting in macro.

The skew correction function.
Through an original algorithm, which automatically detects trapezoids in images and corrects them to rectangles, images of such things as blackboards, documents, or time schedules shot at any angle can be corrected so that the image looks as though it were shot from the front. The camera is most effective in business environments where blackboards, overhead projector, OHPs, time schedules; signs, etc. cannot be shot from the front.

The popular high-speed response capability enables stress-free shooting.
Release time lag (the time from the instant the shutter button is fully pressed—without using focus lock—until exposure actually starts) is as fast as approx. 0.09sec. on average. Quick responses are essential in order to capture picture-perfect but near-instantaneous moments such as the expressions and movement of children or pets. Now stress-free, near-instantaneous shots are possible.

Time calculated from the instant the focus is locked (half-press) until exposure actually starts is a miraculous 0.007 seconds on average.

Shooting interval and start time are both rapid, approx. 0.5 and 1.1 seconds, respectively (measured while the flash is off).

The long-life rechargeable battery, a standard accessory, lets you shoot approx. 310 pictures.
Thanks to the power-saving features of the internal circuit, it is possible to capture up to 310 separate images under CIPA standards using the standard accessory rechargeable battery even while using the large LCD display.

The 5.13 million square pixel CCD and original image processing system enables shooting of high-definition pictures.
The CCD is effective up to 5.13 million square pixels with the Smooth Imaging Engine image processing system. Combined with the vibration correction function, representative, superior, high-definition images can be created. It is possible to select a 35mm aspect ratio (the horizontal to vertical ratio of the image) of 3:2.

High operational performance.
The Caplio R3 has an easy-to-see 2.5-inch large-scale LCD monitor.

During playback, 12 pictures can be displayed simultaneously on the large screen. While checking previous and subsequent pictures, the screen can be separated into three parts to allow fast forwarding and rewinding.

The brightness of the LCD can be increased to maximum with a single touch and visibility can be adjusted to suit well-lighted areas.

Ricoh Caplio R3A design combining style with portability.
The design combines functionality and texture with such features as a comfortable grip, easy-to-use controls, high-grade materials, surface finishing, and a compact body of 95.0 mm (W) x 53.0 mm (H) x 26.0 mm (D).

Price and Availability:
The Caplio R3 will be available in both black and silver colour. Price to be confirmed.

Ricoh Caplio R3 Major Specifications:
CCD Effective 5.13 million square pixels (5.25 million pixels), 1/2.5-inch primary colour CCD
Lens Focal length f4.6-33 (equivalent to 28-200mm for 35mm cameras. When setting Step Zoom, six fixed possible steps: 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 135mm, and 200mm)Brightness (F value) F 3.3 (W)-4.8 (T)
Vibration correction function CCD shift method
Zoom Optical 7.1x zoom, Digital 3.6x zoom
Object Distance approx. 0.3m-∞ (Wide), approx. 1.0m-∞ (Telephoto) Macro: approx. 0.01m-∞ (Wide), approx. 0.14m-∞ (Telephoto)

 8,4,2,1-1/2000 sec.   

 1/30-1/2000 sec.
Resolution (pixels)

  2592 x 1944,2592 x 1728,2048 x 1536,1280 x 960,640 x 480   2592 x 1944,2048 x 1536

320 x 240,160 x 120
Picture Mode*1 F(Fine)/N (Normal)
ISO Sensitivity AUTO/64,100,200,400,800
Flash  Auto/ Red-Eye Reduction/ Mandatory Flash/ Slow Synchro/ Flash Off ,Flash Range*2: approx. 0.2m-2.4m (Wide), approx. 0.14m-1.8m (Telephoto) (ISO: AUTO)
Focus Auto Focus/ Manual Focus/ Snap/ ∞ (includes AF auxiliary light)
Exposure Adjustment TTL-CCD method photometric system: Multi (256 segments)/ Center weight/ Spot
Exposure Compensation Manual Compensation (+2.0~-2.0EV in 1/3EV steps) Auto Bracket Function (-0.5EV.±0.+0.5EV)
White Balance Auto/ Fixed (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten light, Tungsten light 2, Fluorescent, Manual)
Recording Media SD Memory Card (3.3V 32,64,128,256,512MB,1GB)/Multi Media Card, Internal Memory (26MB)
Storage Capacity*3 (No. of Pictures)(Internal 26MB Memory) <Still> 2592x 1944(F:13,N:22), 2592x1728(F:14) 2048x1536(F:18,N36),1280x960(F:33,N63),640x480(N:277)
Storage Capacity(Time)(Internal 26MB Memory) <Motion> 1 minute 17 seconds (320x240, 15frames/second), 4minutes 38 seconds*4 (160x120, 15 frames/second),39 seconds ( 320x240, 30frames/second),2minutes 26 seconds(160x120, 30 frames/second)<Sound> 56 minutes 45 seconds *5
Storage Capacity (File Sizes)(Internal 26MB Memory) <Still> 2592 x 1944. F: approx. 1.83MB N: approx. 1.06MB,2592x1728. F:1.63MB, 2048 x 1536.F: approx. 1.31MB N: approx. 672KB,1280 x 960 F: approx. 686KB N: approx. 356KB,640 x 480 N: approx. 83KB
Recording Mode Still (Continuous, S-Continuous, M-Continuous), Scene Mode (Portrait, Sports, Distant Landscape Night Scene, Text, High Sensitivity, Zoom Macro, Skew correction), Motion, Sound
Recording Format

Compressed: JPEG (Exif ver. 2.21) DCF*6compliant, DPOF support TIFF (MMR system ITU-T.6) AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG Format compliant)

 WAV (Exif ver.2.21 μ law)
LCD Monitor 2.5 inch Translucent Amorphous Silicon TFT LCD (approx. 114,000 pixels)
Self Timer Operating Time: approx. 10 sec./ 2 sec.
Interval Timer Shooting interval: 5 sec. – 3 hours (in 5 sec. increments) *7
PC Interface USB1.1 Choice of Ricoh original or Mass Storage driver*8
AV Interface Audio Out/ Video Out
Video Signal Method NTSC/PAL switchable
Dimensions (W x D x H) 95.0mm(W) x26.0mm(D)x53.0mm(H) (excluding projections)
Weight Approx. 135g (without battery, Hand strap)Accessories approx. 30g (Rechargeable battery, Hand strap)
Battery Rechargeable Battery (DB-60), AC adaptor (AC-4c,optional accessories)
Shooting Capacity*9 Based on CIPA Standard: using the DB-60, approx. 310 pictures
Operating Temperature 0~40 ℃ 

*1: Only N (Normal) is available for 640×480 size, only F (Fine) is available for 2592x1728 size
*2: When the flash range is set for ISO AUTO or ISO 400
*3: Average number of still images it is possible to record.
*4: Maximum recording time of 168 min. 30 sec. is possible with a 1GB SD card.
*5: Maximum recording time of 2063 min. 25 sec. is possible with a 1GB SD card.
*6: DCF is the abbreviation of JEITA standard “Design rule for Camera File system”. (It does not guarantee perfect inter-camera compatibility.)
*7: With flash OFF
*8: Mass Storage driver is compatible with Windows Me/2000/XP, Mac OS9, and OSX10.2-10.4
   It is not compatible with Windows 98/98SE or Mac OS8.6,
*9 Battery performance was measured using CIPA-standard parameters. Actual performance may vary according to usage conditions and the brand of the battery.

*Windows is a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S.A. and other countries.
* Mac OS is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. in the U.S.A. and other countries.

About Ricoh:
A pioneer in digital office equipment, Ricoh provides state-of-the-art multifunctional printing devices tailored to corporate office customer needs, and offers a broad range of digital, networked products, including copiers, printers, fax machines, DVD/CD media, and digital cameras.
With 347 consolidated subsidiaries worldwide, Ricoh employs 75,100 people with consolidated sales of 1.81 trillion YEN. The Ricoh Group currently enjoys No.1 market share for plain paper copiers in Europe, Japan and No.2 share in the USA.

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Thanks to everyone for their helpful advice and suggestions, on this
and other PhotographyBLOG threads, regarding a camera purchase
for my wife's birthday at the end of January.

Well, it's a done deal. Since I was way behind in the count with two
strikes (and no balls), I decided to lay off the next couple of pitches,
and wait until after PMA to make any camera purchasing decisions.

Instead, I ordered the HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer for my wife.
It has built-in red-eye removal and adaptive lighting, and is capable
of 5" x 7", 4" x 6", and 4" x 12" prints. It also has an internal 1.5 GB
HD for storing photos and subsequent viewing on a connected TV.

This printer is exactly what my wife needed, and it will keep her busy
printing the back log of photos she has for at least a few months. We
have an important anniversary coming up at the end of June, so that
might be an excellent time for a camera purchase.

I feel another "The Peoples' Voice" article in the works. :)

9:35 pm - Thursday, January 19, 2006

#402 will

hey guys,
check out my actual photos of Brasil through the lens of my Ricoh Capilo R3:

It's flash based to save me some time, let me know what you think. But it includes most of the EXIF info and the original sized photo. Please dconserve my bandwidth when downloading. Thanks.

You can find me on (unlimited photo storage) for comments or thoughts, or post it here :)


5:39 am - Saturday, January 21, 2006


Will, your Brazil shots are fantastic !!!

It's amazing what a good photographer can do with a noisy camera.
I did not see image noise in any of your shots. Maybe Ricoh should
have limited the R3 to ISO 64, and left it at that.

Either the R3's vibration correction works superbly, or you have the
steadiest hands in the business. You HAD to have used a tripod on
some of those low-light, long-exposure, ISO 64 shots.

The only minor complaint I would have is that some images appear
to be quite soft. Did you play with the R3's sharpness setting?

8:28 pm - Saturday, January 21, 2006

#404 will

Thanks for checking it out.
I did use tripod only for the 8s exposure (that really dark pico shot and the last shot of Christ the Redeemer). Other times I used what was around me, like rocks, tables, tree to get a steady shot. Otherwise, most shots are shot free hand, often had to take about 5-6 shots before the camera learns the zoom setting and focus so it can snap it quicker. Far as how much IS helped? I don't know, it felt random, but the results were good.

The setting was on normal... I know there's a sharper and softer setting, but I thought if I need to sharpen it, I can always do it later in photoshop.

Like I said in the review, the best feature is its 7x zoom lens... it suffered very little image loss, unlike other camera I have used previously (canon s60 & s70, nikon 8400)

Would love to do a side be side comparison with the Pansonic Lx-1 though... just send me the camera :)


8:46 pm - Saturday, January 21, 2006


You have definitely renewed my interest in the R3 (for my wife).

As you may have heard, she would like to use the camera for direct
printing for 99.9% of her shots, so the camera has to be able to put
out a decent image without computer post-processing. That ISO 64
workaround is a reasonable tradeoff to get an ultra-compact with an
awesome 7.1x zoom, and I'm sure the in-camera sharpening works
reasonably well.

Regarding the LX1, maybe MarkG would be interested in having you
do an LX1 Review "Addendum", showing what the camera is capable
of producing, rather than what it is not, similar to your Brazil shots.

I know Panasonic would be interested. :)

9:20 pm - Saturday, January 21, 2006

#406 marky r

Will - love your pictures.

1) I noticed some of your pictures were cropped for widescreen. Other than cropping, were there any post production on the pictures?

2) Contrary to Gary's comment on the softness, some of the pictures looked slightly grainy on the blown up version, which led me to believe you sharpened it on photoshop? Is this so? Perhaps my eyes need testing? :)

3) Were all the pictures taken on auto WB? The colors seem incredibly rich and saturated,especially the blueness of the sky - which would not shame a good polariser!

4) One thing which concerns me is that you wrote on the exif that the flash did not fire on auto setting, yet the shutters were 1s, 2s etc? Surely, you turned the flash off on such occasions, no?

Marky R

3:30 am - Sunday, January 22, 2006

#407 will

Photos where processed through photoshop shot. With feature of auto contrast and lighting used. To be honest, most photos had no change after application of the program, obviously cropping is most noticible. If you are familiar with the program it Ctrl + shift +l. Some of the grainyness you seee is also the effect of far zooming unfortunatly.

Flash was set on "off" setting on most of the shots, to expose depth of the field especially on night photos. So the EXIF is being stupid.

Color setting was set on "rich" which sometimes was too colorful in my opinion, but it did blend nicely in lots the shots posted.

Thanks for your comment.


3:51 am - Sunday, January 22, 2006

#408 Aran

Will, may I ask what version firmware was used in the Brazil photos? Aran

1:59 am - Saturday, January 28, 2006

#409 will

I used ver 1.27, got it just before I left. I haven't upgraded to 1.28 yet... actually gonna do it now, thanks for reminding me.


2:29 am - Sunday, January 29, 2006

#410 Prognathous

An excellent review of the R3 can be found here:

Unlike other reviews (including the one posted on, this review actually bothers to compare image quality and noise with another camera - the much acclaimed Canon S60. The results, both in low and high ISO, speak for themselves. The R3 has obviously suffered a bad name for no good reason (other perhaps, than being a Ricoh).

A must read for anyone interested in this camera.


10:25 am - Wednesday, February 1, 2006

#411 Mario

Its true. This camera isnt as bad as what one may be led to believe.
I bit the bullet and bought one. You won this time Ricoh! <shakes fist> *grin*
The last bit of hesitation for me was the low res video.. but even that has surprised me - it aint half bad at all! Not that these cameras are bought for making movies!
I for one am happy with it. I feel like apologising to Ricoh for my doubts.
Well.. off on holidays now. This camera will do me until cmos is more widely available..
Later. ;)

5:06 pm - Wednesday, February 1, 2006

#412 aabue

thanks for your fotos from Brazil and your impression about the Ricoh R3.
I am looking for that kind of camera as well, the alternative is the Fuji F11 - because of its image quality.

Therefore I am very interested in a comparison of upgrade versions 1.27 (Brazil) to 1.28 - did it change anything regarding image quality???

Looking forward to your experience -
and thanks to all other users for this very informative discussion!


10:45 am - Thursday, February 2, 2006

#413 paul

just found new camera comig out in march from panasonic that totally tramples the r3 for spec it's the panasonic dmc-tz1.

9:26 am - Sunday, February 19, 2006

#414 Prognathous

Having only 35mm in the TZ1 is a deal-breaker. In my opinion a true wide-angle is a must in an all-in-one camera. It's not a coincidence that all DSLR kit lenses start from 28mm. The need for a true wide was what initially lead me to buy an Olympus C5060 when other digicams that answered the rest of my needs were priced much lower.

If anything, the new Panasonic FX01 is a much more compelling camera than their TZ1. The FX01 has 28-102mm lens, OIS, ISO 1600, 848x480x30 video, AF assist lamp. Panasonic is on the right track with this one, but the TZ1 is pretty much a wasted effort.


11:20 am - Sunday, February 19, 2006

#415 Paul

new firmware released..

2:20 am - Saturday, February 25, 2006

#416 Alex B


what does this new firmware actually do?

Improved stability at turning on the camera.

I don't understand


12:18 pm - Saturday, March 4, 2006

#417 Gio

I finally own R3, it's a great camera despite some of it's downside, but overall it's very satification, I upgrade firmware to 1.29 right away when I got it, 3 weeks in India I'm so happy to have it.

3:06 am - Tuesday, March 28, 2006

#418 rui

I finally own R3 too, you’re welcome to see some photos here, they’re unprocessed, so you will see them as they came out of the camera:
Yes, I'm quite satisfied with this "little camera".

3:42 pm - Friday, March 31, 2006

#419 ashwin

hello! i'm an owner of a ricoh XR-7 by any chance there is someone here who owns it? i have a problem where the mirror does not come down after i fired it. well i have already changed new batteries before this happened. any help would be appreciatted. thank you.

11:06 am - Monday, July 3, 2006

#420 athiel

And now the next one is comming.
The R5 is announced:

More or less the same as the R4
640x480 Movie (yes that's it)

new processor, more pixel ...
I think this one is my favourit and i will get it soon.

6:42 am - Saturday, September 2, 2006

#421 Info team

Hi people!
I've tested Ricoh R3 and want to say that is a quite good model. Very similar to Panasonic DMC-TZ3 with it's high zoom and quite sensitive CCD. My experience is that R3 is very popular among the teenagers because it's beautiful design. The LCD is quite large with it's comfortable 2.5-inch.
We can say that R3 is a nice model!

8:37 am - Wednesday, August 22, 2007

#422 Zia

Hi all. You cannot be mad at somebody who makes you laugh - it's as simple as that.
I am from Iceland and learning to read in English, please tell me right I wrote the following sentence: "Elestat is an anti allergic medication.The environmental exposure unit - a system to test anti allergic treatment."

Thank you very much :D. Nabil.

11:28 am - Sunday, June 7, 2009