Ricoh Caplio R3 Review
Review Date: December 13th 2005
Ricoh can always be relied upon to offer something a little different. The Ricoh Caplio R3 is a very compact 5 megapixel digital camera with a massive 7x optical zoom lens that is equivalent to 28-200mm. Most cameras of this size offer a 3x or at best a 4x optical zoom. Ricoh have gone for broke by cramming a 7x zoom lens into a body that is only 26mm thick, thanks to what the Japanese company calls a "Double Retracting LENS System". To help compensate for the effects of handshake, Ricoh have included a Vibration Correction system that should ensure sharper photos at slower shutter speeds than normal. Other highlights of the Ricoh Caplio R3 include a large 2.5 inch LCD screen, ISO range of 64-800, 1cm macro mode and the usual fast responsiveness that you always get with a Ricoh camera. So the Ricoh Caplio R3 has a number of intriguing features that definitely set it apart from the competition, but Ricoh cameras have always suffered from poor image quality in the past - is the R3 any different? Carry on reading my review to find out...
The recommended retail price of the Ricoh Caplio R3 in the UK is £249.99.