Excerpt: This is not the time to be shy about your achievements - if you're any good at anything, make a noise about it. Take the Ricoh Caplio R7, a fine looking and well-built little camera that announces itself with possibly the loudest start-up noise of any compact. Press the On button to make the lens pop out and you'd swear there was an angry wasp trapped in there somewhere.
Summary: Ricoh's R7 is a great compact camera for those after a speedy model with a big zoom and optical image stabilisation. There are units out there that take better pictures but this model is more than adequate in that regard.
Summary: The Ricoh Caplio R7 is an outstanding compact camera, with all the features you could want packed into a sturdy, pocket-sized metal frame. It's not perfect and it's not cheap, but it is very much worth tracking down.
Pros: Wide angle lens, Large zoom, Joystick control
Cons: Jagged screen, No aperture or shutter priority