Summary: The Ricoh Caplio R4 is a marginal improvement on its predecessor,
the Ricoh R3. There are very few changes in specification
- just a slightly higher resolution LCD screen, simplified
vibration reduction mode (only one mode in the R4) and the
addition of one extra megapixel. Surprisingly, the increase
in megapixels seems to have actually improved the image quality
a little, with noise now starting to appear at ISO 200, rather
than ISO 100 as on the R3.
Excerpt: Introduction: Announced on the 23rd of Febuary 06 , the Ricoh Caplio R4 is a new 6 megapixel update to the Ricoh Caplio R3 - it has a 7.1x optical zoom lens - this is impressive considering that the camera is roughly the same size as other cameras with only a 3x optical zoom lens. The camera's wide-angle 7.1x optical zoom lens starts at 28mm and zooms to 200mm equivalent, and has a built in lens-cover.
Pros: Very compact and stylish with a solid metal body (will easily fit in pockets), Built in Vibration Reduction image stabilisation helps acheive blur free low-light / zoom photos., 2.5" screen, with 150,000 pixels, 7.1x optical zoom lens, Very fast focusing (Spot AF) and shutter response,, Fast continuous shooting mode, Rich, accurate colours, Low-ish noise at ISO64, Full printed manual, Adjust button gives quick access to WB, ISO, Exposure compensation, Focus etc, Very ...
Cons: Resets settings (eg Macro, Self-timer) when switching between photo/playback modes, High noise when set to ISO100 or higher (ISO400 and above very noisy), Flash can over-expose images, Small memory card, Purple fringing slightly higher than average, Slightly soft images
Summary: The Ricoh R4 performs admirably and it’s a good improvement on its predecessor. Aesthetically pleasing, the handling is straightforward with easy access to a number of shooting modes and the long zoom is excellent. There is some image noise at higher ISOs but that shouldn’t overshadow a good solid performance.