Ricoh Caplio R1
Review Date: November 15th 2004
(out of 5 stars)
Ricoh seem to have taken one step forward and two steps back with the Caplio R1. Image quality has dramatically improved in comparison with previous Ricoh models, with only soft out-of-camera images spoiling a great perfomance (which is easy to fix with software anyway). But just as this long-standing issue seems to have been successfully addressed, Ricoh have made the R1 a lot less useable than cameras like the Caplio GX and RX, by using a shiny, slippery plastic material for most of the external controls. What should be a simple to use digicam is actually a frustrating experience. The 28-135mm lens is a great feature on such a compact model, offering true wide-angle and portrait options, but when zooming from telephoto to wide-angle, it almost sounds as though there is something mechanically wrong with the zooming mechanism. If Ricoh had retained the useability of their previous models and coupled it with the improved image quality, then the Caplio R1 would have been well worth considering - as it is, the Caplio R1 is another missed opportunity.
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