Summary: The Ricoh R8 is a fine camera. It doesn't have the highest zoom, just 7X, but does it ever have a nice macro mode. With the trimming feature you can really get some nice close ups. The battery life is decent, it uses an SD card, and the LCD is magnificant. It is also small enough to fit in your pocket. I found the flash adequate as well. I would highly recommend this camera.
Excerpt: I have had this little camera for 18 months now, so I thought it would be worth posting a review. The camera is on the whole well made. Nice metal body and sturdy controls. However there is a design fault with the LCD surround, which I will mention in the problems part. Image quality is mixed, sometimes it nails it, great colours, sharpness and good control of CA.
Excerpt: Nice piece of equipment, well built. Serves as an addition to my Canon G9 and replaces my old Ricoh R3. Got it on Ebay for 120 euro. What I still like: 1. 28-200 zoom and a real usefull macro 2. fast responsiviness and write times 3. superb menu and handling 4. small pocket sized 5. built quality 6. the general "ricoh" feeling Noise is far better than R3 (should be, there's a gap of 3 years between the two).
Excerpt: I bought this on impulse because of the price £130 and the features. I liked the size of the camera, the long wide angle zoom, and the design of the camera. It all looked promising. When I got home I charged the battery and read the manual. Then I started testing the features and learning how to use the camera and setting up. So far so good. Then I started taking pictures along side my 2 year old Canon A710is. That is when it all started to fall down.
Excerpt: This new model, it was said that the R8 did not like was the R series, is also not GRD II and GX100, was also commended the R8 shell texture, in short, whether you like it or not, R8’s appearance was changed from head to toe very thoroughly, so that everyone is fresh and new. R8 all the parts inside the box, but this are a test R8, the lack of a leather factory, is listed on the sale of aircraft will be accompanied by the original leather.
Summary: While I am having Nikon SLR D200 for sophisticated situations, the Panasonic Lumix TZ1 used to be an excellent gear for my "point and shoot" purposes. I have been happy in every aspect except that it is little bit too bulky to carry around to meet instant shooting needs.
I have been looking around for its replacement.
Summary: While I am having Nikon SLR D200 for sophisticated situations, the Panasonic Lumix TZ1 used to be an excellent gear for my "point and shoot" purposes. I have been happy in every aspect except that it is little bit too bulky to carry around to meet instant shooting needs. I have been looking around for its replacement.
Excerpt: Wow! This is extremely well construction camera, just the feel of it in your hands confirms this, a useful hand grip and two point neck strap option. Features, well is all here as far as I am concerned, 1 cm macro, 460K LCD, smooth and silent 7x (28~200mm) optical zoom, excellent user interface, 22mm ? thin body but not too small, 1:1 shooting ratio, continuous shooting mode, mechanical anti-shake, step zoom & interval shooting.
Excerpt: This camera is pretty and compact, with lots of features and a simple interface ... but the image quality is not very good. Problems: The high resolution images are really noisy at 100 ISO. The finest JPEG compression isn't very fine at all. You'll have to reduce the 10MP image to 7MP or so to make it look clean.
Excerpt: I am a self confessed Ricoh freak and know them well enough to get the most out of them. I have seen no need to upgrade from my trusty R4 and will still keep that as my rough and ready go everywhere 7x optical carry about. The R8 is a more sophisticated looking piece of equipment and whilst the R4 merged into the tourist crowd and kept its true capabilities hidden inside its plebean looks the R8 needs the designer sunnies and the cafe latte.