Excerpt: With manufacturers falling over themselves to differentiate their compacts from the alternatives, Ricoh's update of the R5, the R6, is cumbersomely described as 'the world's thinnest camera with a 28mm wide angle, 7.1x optical zoom lens'.
Summary: The camera is very good value for money and I would recommend this camera. The Ricoh Caplio R6 is an extremely capable pocket camera that can produce excellent results.
Pros: Very compact and stylish with a solid metal body (will easily fit in pockets) - smaller than previous models, Built in Vibration Reduction image stabilisation helps acheive blur free low-light / zoom photos., Larger 2.7" screen, with 230,000 pixels, Wide angle 7.1x optical zoom lens, Very fast focusing (Spot AF) and shutter response,, Fast continuous shooting mode (3fps), Rich, accurate colours, Full printed manual, Adjust button gives quick access to WB, ISO, Exposur...
Cons: Flash position, easy to put finger in front of it, Flash occassionally overexposes images if the subject is too close, Battery pops out even though there's a clip when compartment opened., Red eye occassionally a problem, Slightly higher than average purple fringing
Excerpt: The Caplio R6 has some unusual features, most of which are positive. The 7x zoom is the second largest here, and starts at a wide-angle 28mm focal length. However, the zoom lever leaps through the zoom range at breakneck speed, so it is hard to frame a composition accurately. Zooming and focusing is accompanied by loud, high-pitched whirring sounds, and focusing is slow in low light and telephoto zoom settings.
Excerpt: This is a 7.2 megapixel compact camera with a 7.1x zoom lens – 28–200mm film equivalent focal length range. The lens is quick to focus, very sharp and has acceptable distortion at the ends of its exceptional range. The camera is well made and looks elegant. There is no optical viewfinder but the large 65mm LCD is surprisingly useable in bright sunlight, just about the best that we have seen. Controls and menus are well thought out and all functions are easily accessible.
Pros: This camera can produce images of remarkable quality. Exposure, white balance and resolution are all in the top league and image noise at ISO200 is not objectionable. There is a 192 page printed instruction book.
Cons: The R6 has a quirk. Used in the manner of most digital compact cameras, that is by half depressing the shutter button to set focus and exposure, there is shutter lag. It is impossible to photograph moving subjects. Even stationary subjects that blink are a problem – you will almost always get them with their eyes closed. The instruction manual says “make sure the subject is centred” and just press the button. But what if you don’t want the subject centred? Then, the m...
Excerpt: The Ricoh Caplio R6 is, in my humble opinion, one of the best looking low-end cameras on the market. Available in Black, Red and Silver with the former two very tastefully combining their primary colour with silver accented styling it’s almost certain to impress. Of course looks aren’t everything; the Caplio R6, successor to the R5, packs some admirable specifications in its stylish, diminutive body.
Summary: Just 6 months on from the R5 model, the new Ricoh R6 arrives, at first glance
with few new standout features. The must-have feature for
all compact digicams in 2007, Face Recognition, is supposedly
the headline addition to the R6, but as with most of these
systems, you'll get better results
the camera yourself.