Summary: Wasn't sure what to expect for such a low price but this camera is absolutely GREAT! Can use it with the automatic settings for really wonderful pictures and am now anxious to learn the settings to "do it myself".
Summary: Wanted to replace my awesome 6yr old Panasonic DMC-FX01 6MP Compact Digital Camera with 3.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) with a more advanced compact that offered better low light ability and more controls. I remember reading about and being impressed by the Ricoh GR when it came out, but the fixed lens was a turn off. The reviews on Amazon for this camera were really good and it was on sale for $169 so I took a shot.
Summary: Was very surprised at the quality and speed of focus. The Lens is incredible with no barrel distortion at wide setting and tack sharp. Have owned canon 950 elf titanium and this is better to me. This lens is superior. The depth of field in zoom really shows the quality for sure. Noise, always a problem with small sensor cameras. This is not horrible and use it indoors with great photos.
Summary: I bought this camera for the macro. I need it for my handmade online business. EXCELLENT! I can put the lens touching the object and presto...a perfectly clear, absolutely beautiful picture. I am so happy with it!! The rest of the multi-functions are over my head, I just needed the macro. The camera is more heavy and solid then other cameras I have held which makes me think it is well made and not of cheep parts. Honestly, I could not be happier.
Summary: I bought this camera a year ago from Amazon and am only first getting to write the review for it now as my sister in law inquired of me what camera I have so that she can purchase the same one. The camera itself is durable and rugged. The lens is outstanding-- and the 10x optical zoom is an incredible feature in a camera this small. The macro lens is INCREDIBLE!
Summary: As a casual photographer, I wanted a small, practical and user-friendly camera, and this is exactly what I got. My previous camera was very basic and I was looking for some upgrades including the macro feature and a functional zoom. I have been able to take terrific photos using both features. There are a generous number of modes from which to choose in attempt to capture the perfect shot, but you really do not need to use these to get a great photo.
Excerpt: My Canon Powershot A620 broke after 6 years (I have always been very satisfied with the image quality) and thought I should be able to get a decent camera providing the same image quality (if not better) for a fair amount of money. I have been reading a lot and liked the high-res display, the number of options and settings and the possibility to upgrade the firmware.
Summary: Although you can just pick up this camera and immediately use it to good effect, practice and reading the instructions is a must to fully appreciate all of the functions. I purchased this camera for 3 main reasons- 1) good zoom, 2) good video 3) small size. I took for granted that this camera would produce fine pictures, and that the LCD screen would portray the fine pictures well. So far, no disappointments after 2 months and well over 600 photos and video I'm happy.
Summary: I agonized over which high-end point and shoot camera to buy (considering the usual suspects: Canon Powershot, Panasonic Lumix, etc). In the end, because I wanted a camera with some built-in creativity (the miniature mode and the Holga mode sold me), which worked in low lighting (I have been astounded at beautiful photos I get with low light and no flash) and which had an intuitive interface, I went with the unconventional, lesser known Ricoh CX3.
Excerpt: Not had this long but very impressed with its images - unlike dpreviewers! Colour is nicely restrained and images sharp at max telephoto. Usual fantastic Ricoh customisability and fits neatly into crumpler bag in pocket. So far just great as a travel cam. Problems: Menus very dense - have owned A GRD3 so I know what I'm getting into but newcomers might find it a bit imtimidating.