Summary: Every six months a new R series compact seems to appear, often delivering few improvements on its predecessor. But Ricoh has gone a step further with the R8 in completely redesigning the body, and while the extra bulk may be off-putting at first, the handling benefits of the new physique soon become...
Pros: Design, Protruding mode dial, 460k pixel LCD, Dynamic range
Conclusion: I can honestly say that I very much enjoyed using the Ricoh R8 while working on this review but I'll also quote Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who once wrote: 'There is strong shadow where there is much light'.
Pros: Very compact body for the zoom range, Good lens with a very versatile zoom range, Sharp and detailed results at low ISO (although some artifacts visible 'up close'), Effective macro mode, Good responsiveness and overall speed (although focus slows down a lot in low light), Superb user interface a...
Cons: Very slow focus and focus hunting in low light, Face Detection unreliable and only available as a shooting mode, Ineffective image stabilization system, not available in movie mode, Zoom and focus pretty noisy, White balance under artificial light not brilliant, very unreliable at ISO 400 and hig...
Summary: The Ricoh R8 may lack traditional manual controls, but it's still endlessly customisable even with a dead simple button and menu layout. The large screen, wide angle lens and long zoom make it worthwhile twiddling the menus to overcome some image issues.
Pros: Endlessly tweakable; clean, accessible design; large screen; wide angle and large zoom lens.
Conclusion: I like the Ricoh R8. It is certainly worth considering alongside some of the more widely recognised brands such as Canon, Sony and Panasonic. Aside from some issues with colour the R8 takes a decent photo in most situations.
Ricoh R8 - Test Kompakt-Digitalkamera 10 Megapixel
16 July 2008
Summary: Ricoh stattet die Digitalkamera R8 mit einigen interessanten Funktionen aus. So bietet das Dual Size Recording die Möglichkeit, beim Auslösen zwei Bilder anzufertigen - einmal mit hoher, einmal mit niedriger Auflösung.