Ricoh Caplio R4 Review

July 13, 2006 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 5 Comments | |

Ricoh Caplio R4With a massive 7x optical zoom lens that is equivalent to 28-200mm on a 35mm camera, a CCD anti-shake system, ISO 64-800, 1cm macro mode and a body that is only 26mm thick, the Ricoh Caplio R4 certainly stands out from the crowd. But is the Ricoh Caplio R4 worth considering if you’re looking for a point and shoot compact digicam? Read our latest review to find out.

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#1 Nick Spurrier

I agree with almost all of the conclusions other than the amount of purple fringing and other CA manifestations which I haven't encountered in 2 months quite intensive use of this little camera.

I think people will buy this camera because of its zoom range coupled with small size and really quite good results printed up to 7x5. With a bit of post processing even good-light shots at ISO 800 can be recovered.

I've recommended it to a few pros for quick candid work (and use it myself for that) with good feedback.

8:15 pm - Friday, July 14, 2006

#2 Guy Parsons

The "all plastic" construction referred to is wrong. Both the R3 and R4 have metal back and front plates, and the wrap around the edge is plastic, not metal as said in the review. But if the edge was metal as the reviewer thought, then how can it be an "all plastic" camera? I'm confused.

The Ricoh R3 and R4 cameras perform way better in real life than they do in these reviews. Just visit the Ricoh Talk forum at to talk to some users of this camera.

2:17 am - Saturday, July 15, 2006

#3 Nigel Pendse

I agreed with most of the review, but also haven't seen much purple fringing. But, like some other R4 owners, I do sometimes get serious banding in high contrast images. But the cameras seem to vary, with some being worse than others. Various theories exist, including some sort of interference with the focusing at max zoom.

10:41 pm - Friday, July 28, 2006

#4 Chriscris

A very helpful and comprehensive review - I have decided to get one - the macro and also the speed of use decided it for me.
Thank you :-)

7:05 pm - Saturday, August 12, 2006

#5 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 what I'm waiting for)
new processor, more pixel ...

6:39 am - Saturday, September 2, 2006