Summary: The Ricoh R10 is, indeed, something of a photographer's camera. With the R10 you feel as though you're getting a 'proper' camera, with real buttons and over which you have real control over how each shot turns out.
Excerpt: Physical Views The R10 compared to a standard CD disc. Continue on to Features & Controls Ricoh R 10 Specifications Imaging Sensor 1/1.75" primary-color CCD with 10.01 million effective pixels (total pixels: 10.3 million) Lens Focal length 5.9 mm (equivalent to 28mm on a 35mm camera) F-aperture F2.4 to F11 (+F7.1 in auto mode is with ND filter) Shooting distance Approx. 30cm from lens tip to infinity Approx.
Excerpt: Ricoh’s R10 is a mid-range digital compact camera with an impressive zoom lens, respectable image quality and a solid feature set. The one standout feature of the R10 is its impressive 7.1x optical zoom lens, equivalent to a 28-200mm lens on a 35mm film camera. The telephoto capability is excellent and the R10 auto-focuses well on distant subjects: the result is surprisingly good, rivalling some of the dSLR models I’ve tested on the same vista.
Pros: 28-200mm equivalent lens, Wide range of features
Summary: This is a point-and-shoot compact camera that's suitable for any type of photography. It also looks good, but its body does tend to get dirty. Its overall picture quality is good, but in some instances purple fringing will be noticeable in your shots.
Pros: Well built and designed, easy to use, good for macro shots, has a regular mini-USB port, smooth zoom function
Cons: Body attracts a lot of dirt, noticeable purple fringing, no full manual mode
Excerpt: Like its predecessors the Ricoh R8 (read our review here) and R7, the Ricoh R10 is a great piece of miniaturization that somehow puts a 7x zoom lens on the front of a pocket-sized camera. However, also like the older models, it often captures images with a horrible amount of noise – especially under low-light conditions.
Pros: Big lens on a small body.
Cons: Produces very noisy images; poor stabilization at long zoom; not much better than the R8.
Summary: : A reduction in price, and improved features, such as the impressive high resolution 3.0" screen, increases the Ricoh R10's overall score compared to the Ricoh R8 . If you want a wide angle camera with a large zoom - but also want the camera to fit in your pocket then the Ricoh R10 is a good choice. Your options are fairly limited as you'll either have to buy a bigger camera for more zoom or loose zoom if you want a smaller camera.
Pros: Good image quality, Great wide angle 7.1x optical zoom lens, CCD-shift image stabilisation helps with zoom and low light, Excellent 3.0" screen - very good resolution, Robust, compact metal body, Good battery life, Excellent macro mode, 1:1 Aspect ratio (Square format) available, Electronic level, Numerous customisable quick access adjust / function buttons, Two"MY" custom modes on the dial, Quick performance
Cons: A lot of noise at ISO400 and above, Limited scene modes, Poor flash position
Summary: Ricoh isn't known for building sleek cameras but despite the Ricoh R10's relative bulk, it has only a 2.5in display. However, Ricoh has given the R10 a 7.1x optical zoom, which we found far more critical to taking shots.
Summary: A flexible compact digital camera with a 10M pixel sensor and some impressive features, all at a reasonable price. The R10 is aimed at the amature photographer that wants to go beyond point and click photography.