Ricoh Caplio R5 Review

September 23, 2006 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 17 Comments |

Ricoh Caplio R5The Ricoh R5 is the latest version of Ricoh’s 7x wide-angle zoom compact cameras, with an upgrade to 7 megapixels and a new Smooth Imaging Engine II image processing engine which promises to reduce noise at faster ISO speeds (ISO 1600 is now available). The 2.5 inch LCD screen on the Ricoh R5 now has 230,000 pixels, battery life has increased to 380 shots and the improved video mode provides 640x480 movies. So is the Ricoh R5 worth considering if you’re looking for a point and shoot digicam, and is it any better than the 6-month old Caplio R4?

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#1 Anon Y Mouse

Good review. I think you missed the point about the curved front that makes the flash edge stick out. It's so you don't put your fat fingers in front of the flash! And at the same time being a little more ergonomic.

2:23 pm - Friday, September 22, 2006

#2 dubi

I agree with the previous comment about the flash. Many complained that it's easy to cover the flash of the R4 with your finger. The new design is more ergonomic. What a shame this camera is not available in the US. It's possibly the ultimate vacation camera, with the amazing zoom range and the compact size.

7:28 am - Monday, September 25, 2006

#3 rsxm6

video specs NOT for today's user: only 6min. video with 1 Gigabyte SD card.
Samsung i5 or i6 gives 1 hour video mpeg4 quality wit 1 GB card. That's how we want it. Tell Ricoh Panasonic and Canon ..
so they know why we do NOT buy their 7x, 10x, 12x zoom stuff .. MPEG-4 DIGITAL VIDEO rules.

11:49 pm - Tuesday, September 26, 2006

#4 Daniel Meyer

One curious design element which I don't understand is a gradual 15 degree bend in the camera body on the right hand side (looking from the back).

Exactly this bent ist super! Why I used to have my finger on the flash. Now I ell the flash with my finger, because the flash isn't even with the body anymore. Perfect!
And I like the flash at right side (lens left), as i have less rd eyes than canon or all digicams with the flash at the top of the lens.

4:43 pm - Monday, October 2, 2006

#5 Rfiver

;-) Quite a thorough review . However a wee bit more info on the useability or functionality of that small zoom lever and the tiny power button would have been appreciated .

5:48 am - Wednesday, October 18, 2006

#6 James Thatcher

my usb will not function windows says it is not compatable and no drivers installed any ideas anyone where to get the drivers for this camera

4:51 pm - Saturday, October 28, 2006

#7 Vines

You can't buy them at U.S. stores, but you can buy them at Broadway Photo online for only $239. I think I'm going to get one. No other compact this small has 7.1x zoom, and image stabilization like the R4 or R5. As for image quality: I don't expect my point and shoot to take perfect pics, that's what my Nikon DSLR is for.

8:36 am - Friday, December 1, 2006

#8 Phil Walters

Thanks for taking the time to write this helpful informative review.

8:55 am - Sunday, August 5, 2007

#9 Kirsty

Buyer beware - Ricoh R5

I've left the hard way with this particular camera never to buy a Ricoh, ever ever again.

I have owned this camera for 13 months - within that time, the auto focus function broke whilst on a holiday of a life time and many beautiful landscapes coudl not be captured. This was repaired. Whilst on a second holiday 6 months later, the lens jammed out and I could not turn the camera off. This fault was repaired and returned to me. Yet again, the same fault has reoccurred. Please think VERY CAREFULLY before purchasing a Ricoh camera.....

2:30 pm - Monday, April 21, 2008

#10 lyn

I have found this camera really easy to use, and almost idiot proof, I have had the ricoh R5 since it came out and its as good now as then. The only problem was I didnt have drivers for it when I bought computer with vista so I bought a 15 in 1 card reader with usb lead and it does it all for me .

8:45 pm - Wednesday, April 30, 2008

#11 Ian Parale

Our company bought 20 units of these camera and so far within 2 weeks, 4 units had its lens jammed open. Looks like a common problem. I personally wouldnt buy one!!!

Ian Parale
Surveyor.

6:35 am - Friday, May 2, 2008

#12 lyn

Ian very sorry to hear your experience with the Ricoh, maybe I was just a lucky minority regards

11:23 am - Friday, May 2, 2008

#13 Rex Hawthorn

I have the same problem as above where the lens jams and the images are blurred. This is at the start of my holiday on the other side of the world three days out of the 12 month warranty - do I pay to get it fixed or bin it; think very very carefully before buying this camera.

3:17 pm - Saturday, June 7, 2008

#14 David

I bought an R6 twelve months ago. After around 6 months the lens jammed open. the first occasion it rectified itself, but then re-occured. Was repaired under warranty. The fault then occured a second time, this time the camera was replaced by a new R7. Last week the same problem of jamming occurred. Seems like this could be a design fault. Any readers of this blog with the same problem please contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Thanks

1:40 pm - Saturday, August 30, 2008

#15 Mike

Have a Ricoh Caplio R5 which I bought for my girlfriend in May 2007. Has been working fine until February 2009 when we were in Australia on holiday and the camera froze with the lens out for no apparent reason. It's been well looked after, and as you can imagine the gf was p'd off. Fortunately I had my DSLR, but clearly not as easy for holiday snaps.....

Anyone approach Ricoh already? Seems to be a manufacturing or design fault, certainly if you take into account the sheer number of these faults I've read about on the Web...

6:55 pm - Thursday, March 19, 2009

#16 caroline mckinney

MY CAMERA IS NOW ON ITS 4TH RETURN !!! EACH TIME HAS BEEN THE LENS..I HAVE HAD GREAT SUPPORT FROM CUSTOMER SERVICES BUT ALL I WANT IS MY GOOD QUALITY CAMERA I PAID FOR.
PAID ABOUT £300 IN JAN 2008
HAVE NEVER HAD TO PAY FOR REPAIRS

HOPE THIS HELPS

9:38 am - Saturday, January 9, 2010

#17 KASTURI

THIS IS AN WOREST CAMERA. I REALLY BURNT MY FINGURES BY PURCHASING IT. IN FACT I BOUGHT THIS IN SINGAPOR. HARDLY IT WORKED FOR FEW MONTHS. NOW I AM NOT FINDING A SOURCE FOR REPAIR ALSO. WOREST PART OF IT IS BATTERY.

HAD I BOUGHT SONY OR ANY OTHER BRAND I WOYLD NOT HAVE FACED THIS PROBLEM.

4:00 am - Tuesday, April 5, 2011