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Ricoh Caplio R4

alaTest has collected and analyzed 139 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the responsiveness and design. The lens and performance also get good views. There are some critical views about the focus and exposure. Reviews about the screen and low light performance are different.

portability, performance, lens, design, responsiveness

image quality, flash, shutter, exposure, focus

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Ricoh Caplio R4 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Ricoh Caplio R4 and RR630 announced


As usual, Ricoh's digital cameras are aimed a slightly more particular audience than your general compact digital cameras, but anyone interested in a machine with a 6 megapixel sensor, 7.1 optical zoom (seriously), 2.5-inch display, and optical image...

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Ricoh Caplio R4 Review


The Ricoh Caplio R4 is a very compact 6 megapixel digital camera with a massive 7x optical zoom lens that is equivalent to 28-200mm on a 35mm camera. Most cameras of this size offer a 3x or at...

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio R4 (lettingg0, 14 Nov 07)


I have owned this camera for over a year now and I have to say I still love it. It is not a point and shoot, you have to learn the camera to get the best out of it, but once you do, you will love it. On a recent trip to Greece the pic I took with the...

Once in a while it has a problem fixing focus on half press, in macro mode. I find if I just full press the picture comes out fine ; Other than that, no problems


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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio R4 (Michael Elsner, 15 Oct 07)


I have had this camera for a few months and it takes awesome outdoor shots in full light! The Macro is just insane, crystal clear, zoom is also fantastic. I am so glad I bought this little gem.

Low light issues

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio R4 (twoten, 17 May 07)


Great features in a small camera. I guess that is what everyone is attracted to by the R4. Here's what I like about it: It's quick. No shutter lag to speak of. Snap focus mode makes a quick camera exceptionally quick. Wide angle - on it's release...


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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio R4 (Andrew Higgins, 4 Jan 07)


Ricoh's R-range of cameras are unique in offering a 28-200mm (35mm equiv') zoom lens range, with vibration correction technology, in such a small and reasonably priced digital compact. It was this spec that drew me to the R4, and I've been delighted...

Some may miss the lack of different auto modes(shutter/aperture priority) or manual exposure, its a fully auto-shooter, but there are still plenty of variables which can easily be setup to make the camera very flexible ; The build quilty doesn't have...

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio R4 (Tom Caldwell, 1 Jan 07)


The R4 produces excellent images - much better than might be expected from its size. It is an ideal complement to my fixed-focus Ricoh GR-D. For the price of two tiny cameras I get a highly portable wide range of lens utility and quality results. If...

Would like the controls to mirror those of the GR-D exactly - would make using both cameras a little more comfortable. Otherwise none

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio R4 (m_erhard, 5 Dec 06)


Very fast, good resolution, good colours, sometimes a bit too sharp. But: no manual operations, no A-Mode, no + and - settings for exposure

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio R4 (zewe, 18 Nov 06)


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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio R4 (Digitex, 16 Nov 06)


A constant companion due to its' small size , photographic versatility, and very clear colorful pictures generated . After a month of ownership and about 1000 shots later , I have become very attached to the Ricoh R4 . Mine is the black version , and...

Now to some irritants and some minor deficiencies ; 1) There is no exposure control feature on flash intensity. Even my budget-cam Fuji E510 has that ; 2) The multi-leaf lense cover looks awfully flimsy and I worry about it . So be careful and always...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Sensor Size:1/2.5''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:8
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: Yes
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: No
XD Card: No


Face Detection Mode: No
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes