Ricoh Caplio R5

Last Update: New Firmware v 1.60 Announced (added on 10.02.07)

Ricoh Caplio R5 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (announced 25.08.06) featuring 7.1 megapixel, 7.1x optical zoom (equivalent to 28 mm – 200 mm) with Image Stabilizer, sensitivity to ISO 1600, and a 2.5” LCD. The camera is measuring 96 x 55 x 26 mm (3.8 x 2.2 x 1 in), weighing around 165 g (5.8 oz) and running on Lithium-Ion rechargeable.

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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 01.12.06)

TrustedReviews have reviewed the Ricoh Caplio R5 and rate the camera 8/10 and conclude;
“Ricoh proves once again that it can match and often exceed anything its rivals can produce. The Caplio R5 has a unique specification, combining wide angle and long telephoto abilities, effective image stabilisation and a usable high ISO setting, with good image quality and outstanding performance. Its only weak point is its poor low light focusing ability.”

PhotographyBlog have reviewed the Ricoh Caplio R5 and rate the camera 4/5 and write;
“The night photograph was OK, with the maximum shutter speed of 8 seconds allowing you to capture just enough light for most situations, but the resulting images were quite noisy. Macro performance is the stand-out highlight, allowing you to focus as close as 1cm away from the subject, although there is a lot of lens distortion and shadowing at such a close distance. Anti-shake is also a feature that sets this camera apart from its competitors and one that works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the zoom range. The built-in flash worked OK indoors, with little red-eye and good overall exposure…In summary the Ricoh Caplio R5 is a staightforward, unassuming, very responsive point and shoot compact camera with the obvious attraction of that 7x zoom lens…”

DigicamReview have reviewed the Ricoh Caplio R5 and rate the camera 8/10 and continue to write;
“Image quality seems improved over the Ricoh Caplio R4 and is capable of excellent results outside in good lighting. I was impressed by the accurate and rich colours – the images have good colour with rich saturation, contrast and detail…The macro mode is excellent, and provides good detail and colour. Auto white balance, metering and exposure seemed to be very good the majority of the time…The movie mode choices are good, providing 640×480 and 30 frames per second with sound. “Vibration Reduction ” means more photos should be blur free even when taking photos with zoom or in low-light… I would definitely recommend this camera, with some reservations, as the camera can struggle indoors with noise and occassionally focusing. The camera occassionally has some flash problems (overexposure), so this camera would be best suited, and definitely recommended for mainly outdoor use and for those people happy to take a number of shots to get the best results. There are some design aspects that I’m not keen on such as the shutter release, and plastic battery cover, but if you are willing to overlook these shortcomings, then you will find an extremely capable pocket camera that can produce excellent results. “

ComputerActive have reviewed the Ricoh Caplio R5 and rate it 3/5 stars. They continue to write;
“Good Points: 7.24-megapixel resolution, 7.1x optical wide zoom, Keen pricing. Bad Points: Lens mechanism is noisy in operation, Size of zoom lever and attendant buttons could be increased, Plastic feel and build. Overall: The Ricoh Capilo R5 is a well-priced and versatile camera that is occasionally let down by mechanism quirks and budget construction “

Pocket-Lint have reviewed the Ricoh Caplio R5 and rate it 7/10 stars. They continue to write;
“In terms of overall image quality then, the package is hampered by the aforementioned image noise, which is present in all shots from ISO 64 (in shadow areas) upwards, becoming marked above ISO 200. The new noise reduction system in the R5 just does not do enough – but at least detail is largely retained… The Ricoh Caplio R5 straddles the gap between full control and automation nicely, its feature set and build quality almost perfect for the market it’s aimed at – and as the price has just dropped by almost £30, it looks a bargain at £249. But a camera that crashes and its issues around noise mean it cannot glean top marks in this test. “

ThinkCamera have reviewed the Ricoh Caplio R5 and rate it 7/10 stars. They continue to write;
“The Ricoh Caplio R5 is capable of some great images. Bright punchy colours (though the red looks a little off in some of the shots) and the lens is capable of resolving a wicked amount of detail. Purple fringing is pretty well absent – there is evidence of some cyan fringing on very high contrast edges but you really have to go looking for it. On the default setting, images are just a fraction over sharpened for my taste but this is tunable. I have some lovely A4 prints sitting on my desk and I’d be very happy to produce A3s from this camera..”

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 01.12.06)

- Ricoh Caplio R5 Sample Photos posted @ TrustedReviews
- Ricoh Caplio R5 Sample Photos posted @ PhotographyBlog
- Ricoh Caplio R5 Sample Photos posted @ DigicamReview
- Ricoh Caplio R5 Sample Photos posted @ PhotographyBlog
- Ricoh Caplio R5 Sample Photos: 1,2,3 posted @ ThinkCamera

>> PRESS RELEASE

Compact digital camera with 7.1x wide-angle zoom, vibration correction function, and effective 7.24 megapixel CCD

High-sensitivity performance with low noise achieved through a new image processing engine at full resolution. Tokyo, Japan — August 24, 2006 — Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president and CEO: Masamitsu Sakurai) has announced the release of the new Caplio R5 digital camera featuring a 7.1x optical wide zoom lens (28–200 mm in 35 mm camera format), the highest zoom in the compact class*. Combining the Caplio R5’s Ricoh-original CCD-shift vibration correction method and brand new image processing engine greatly expands the range of shooting in low light areas producing high quality images at even higher ISO settings with low noise.

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