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.
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.