Ricoh R8

Last update: Review by GoodGearGuide (03 September’08)

The Ricoh R8 features 7.1x optical zoom (28-200mm wide-angle & zoom Lens) in a Ultra Slim 22.6mm wide body, High-resolution 10 megapixel CCD, CCD-shift image stabilization, ISO range from 64 to 1600, and a 2.7 inch transparent amorphous silicon TFT LCD. The camera measures 102.0 mm(W)x 58.3 mm(H) x 26.1 mm and weighs 168 g (Download Brochure)

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Ricoh R8 Reviews

GoodGearGuide reviews the Ricoh R8 and writes;
“We should also note that the 2.7in LCD screen is nothing short of exceptional. There is no viewfinder on the R8, but the 470,000 pixel display means that this really isn’t an issue. It produces crisp, colourful pictures and refreshes quickly enough that there is minimal delay when moving the camera.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

T3 compares the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500/520 VS Ricoh R8 and writes;
“Macro mode is even better than the Panasonic, getting as close as 1cm but pictures, though excellent, are less pleasing, seeming a little soft. You can zoom in movie mode, though, albeit in a staggered way.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ePhotozine reviews the Ricoh R8 and writes;
“If you’re going to use this camera in low light then you’ll want to consider staying away as it won’t perform for you. However, if you like your cameras vintage with some lovely features, then take a look at it.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

T3 reviews the Ricoh R8 and writes;
“Pictures aren’t quite as pleasing, they seem a little softer, although there’s bags of detail – even in shadow areas”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ITReviews reviews the Ricoh R8 and writes;
“if you can get past the outer aesthetics, the Ricoh R8 is a reliable, swift and, more importantly, intuitive model to use…This isn’t a camera for you if you want control over shutter speed and aperture, however, and noise levels are high.”
Rating: N/A

DCRP reviews the Ricoh R8 and writes;
“Photo quality is where the Ricoh R8 needs the most improvement. On the positive side, the R8 generally took well-exposed photos, with accurate color. Photos are very sharp — perhaps a bit too much — and purple fringing is kept to a minimum. ”
Rating: N/A

DigicamReview reviews the Ricoh R8 and writes;
“The Ricoh R8 looks and feels great, and is capable of taking some great photos… The camera still suffers from a poorly positioned flash, and noticable noise levels at all ISO settings. However, if you can look past the noise and can work with the camera – then it is capable of producing some excellent results. ”
Rating: Recommended

PhotographyBlog reviews the Ricoh R8 and writes;
“I’d hesitate to use ISO 400, never mind 800, making the Ricoh R8 a camera for sunny, outdoor days only, unless you’re happy to live with the noise..Chromatic aberrations and purple fringing are a bit more obvious too, and there is still some softness in the corners when using the wide-angle focal lengths.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Ricoh R8 and writes;
“Overall performance has has always been a Ricoh strong point, and the R8 is no exception. It starts up in approximately two seconds, and shuts down again in about two and a half seconds, and makes a lot less noise this time. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCAdvisor reviews the Ricoh R8 and writes;
“If you want a small camera with a big lens and screen, the Ricoh R8 is worth considering, especially if you need up to 7x optical zoom from a compact camera. A much improved rear screen adds to this sturdily built camera. ”

Rating: ★★★★☆

ThinkCamera reviews the Ricoh R8 and writes;
“More importantly though, we’d use it. A lot. This is the sort of camera that invites photographers to take photographs, and is not just another snapshot camera.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Ricoh R8 and writes;
“The built-in flash had insufficient power to illuminate an average-sized room, even at the highest ISO setting. However, it tended to be overwhelming in close-up shots unless the subject background was similar to the subject itself. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ComputerActive reviews the Ricoh R8 and writes;
“The menus are clear and easy to use, with a tiny joystick to the right of the screen used for most functions..Overall:Good images, nice features and a long zoom lens ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Ricoh R8 Samples

Ricoh R8 Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
Ricoh R8 Sample Photos @ DCRP
Ricoh R8 Sample Photos @ DigicamReview
Ricoh R8 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
Ricoh R8 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
Ricoh R8 Sample Photos @ Ricoh Global

Ricoh R8 User Manual (PDF)

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– Download Ricoh R8 User Manual in English (PDF – 5.37 MB)

Ricoh R8 Press Release

Tokyo, Japan — February 19, 2008 — Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president and CEO: Shiro Kondo) has developed and introduced the new R8 compact digital camera featuring a 7.1x optical wide-angle zoom lens (28–200 mm in 35 mm focal length) and a new high-resolution 10 megapixel CCD.

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