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.
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 cont...
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.