The new Ricoh Caplio R7 replaces the R6 after just six months on the shelves

Product Overview

Overall rating:

88%

Ricoh Caplio R7

Overall score:88%
Features:85%
Value:85%
Image Quality:85%
Performance:95%
Design:90%

Pros:

  • Lightning fast in use, Noise control, Wideangle zoom

Cons:

  • Image softening at edges of the frame

Product:

Ricoh Caplio R7 Review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£230

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In December 2007, the new Ricoh Caplio R7 replaced the R6 after just six months on the shelves. Improvements are, at face value, minimal. The LCD screen gains 0.2in from 2.5in to 2.7in, while the sensor is pumped up from 7MP to 8MP. The notable improvements come inside the camera, in the form of the new Smooth Imaging Engine III image-processing engine. The design of the R7 maintains all of the positive features from the R6, such as the tough feel, simple layout and super-slim body. In use, the R7 is lightning-quick during start-up, focusing, shooting and zooming.

Image quality is good, with massive noise control improvements giving manageable images up to ISO: 800. Images soften at the edges, yet colours and exposures are consistent.

Verdict

A well-built and lightning-fast wideangle update to the R6.

Full Specification

Power:
Lithium ion
Connectivity:
USB 2.0

Memory Card:
SD, SDHC + 24MB int memory
Flash Modes:
6

White Balance:
5 modes
ISO Range:
64-1600

Metering System:
TTL 256-zone
Exposure Modes:
Auto + 12 scene modes

Shutter Speeds:
8 -1/2000sec
File Formats:
JPEG

LCD:
2.7in
Lens:
28-200mm

Sensor:
8MP
Dimensions:
99.6 x 55 x 23.3mm

Weight:
161g
Other:
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