Ricoh Caplio R7 Digital Camera Review

Ricoh Caplio R7 digital camera offers 8.1 megapixels and a 7.1x wide zoom lens (28-200mm), meaning that it will bring you more optical zoom than any other camera in this range. On the first view, I can say it has a very solid build. Around the back are a selection of well-positioned control buttons, which prove to be responsive. One of these buttons is particularly useful: the ‘adj’ button (abbreviation for adjustments), which allows easy access to a host of useful control options such as exposure compensation, white balance control and ISO settings: the main ingredients for a technically good photo. The on-screen menu system is a doodle to navigate.

The most interesting features of this model are vibration control and face recognition technology. There’s no optical viewfinder, but the 2.7inch LCD screen is one of biggest out there and performs very well even in bright sun. On the other hand, event if Ricoh raised the ISO sensitivity up to 1600, this level is total useless.

Usually Caplio R7 is capable of some very fine shots, with a particularly good grasp of colour reproduction, but if used fully extended, some barrel distortion and less detail towards the edges will be present in the image. The rapid start up and response times of this camera are certainly the strongest plus of it next to the white balance performance. What is not so good is the flash: it is either too strong or missing.

So, if you want a strong camera with big zoom that still fits even the pockets (unlike big ultrazoom cameras which have a bigger size), Ricoh Caplio R7 is an interesting choice.

Shooting Modes: Auto, Scene, Text, Movie, My Settings 1 and 2
Scene Modes: Portrait, Face Recognition, Sports, Landscape, Nightscape, High-sensitivity, Zoom Macro, B&W, Sepia, Skew Correction
Movie Mode: 36 seconds (640 x 480: 15 frames/sec.), 70 seconds (320 x 240: 15 frames/sec.), 18 seconds (640 x 480: 30 frames/sec.), 36 seconds (320 x 240: 30 frames/sec.), AVI format
Flash Modes: Flash Off /Auto / Red-eye Flash / Flash On / Flash Synchro / Sof t Flash
Focus Modes: Multi AF, Spot AF, Manual Focus, Fixed Focus (Snap), infinity (AF auxiliary light)
White Balance: Auto/Fixed (Outdoors, Cloudy, Incandescent Lamp, Incandescent Lamp2, Fluorescent Lamp, manual settings) / White Balance Bracket
Metering: TTL-CCD metering method: Mult i (256 segments), Center Weight, Spot
Ricoh Caplio R7

Technical Data:

• 2.7 inch LCD
• 8.15 megapixels
• 7.1x optical zoom + 4.8x digital zoom
• Focal Length: f4.6-33mm (equivalent to 28-200mm for 35mm cameras)
• Aperture: F 3.3 (Wide-angle)-5.2 (Telephoto)
• ISO Range: AUTO, AUTO-HI, ISO64 / ISO100 / ISO200 / ISO400 / ISO800 / ISO1600
• Flash Range: Approx. 20cm-3.0m (W), 25cm-2.0m (T) ( ISO auto )
• Focus Range:
Normal: approx. 30cm – infinity (Wide), approx. 1.0m – infinity (Telephoto)
Macro: approx. 1cm – infinity (Wide), approx. 25cm – infinity (Telephoto)
• Exposure Compensation: +2.0 – -2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps
• Bracketing: -0.5 EV, ±0,+0.5 EV
• Continuos Shooting: Shooting interval: 5 sec. – 3 hours (5 sec. steps)
• Shutter Speed: 8, 4, 2, 1-1/2000 sec.
• Self Timer: 10sec., 2 sec.
• File Format: JPEG (Exif ver. 2.21)
• SD/SDHC – Secure Digital memory + 24MB internal memory
• Rechargeable bat tery (DB-70) x 1 – 300 pics
• Dimensions: 99.6 (W) x 55.0 (H) x 23.3mm
• Weight: Approx. 135g (without battery, SD memory card, hand strap)
Ricoh Caplio R7 Firmware

Ricoh Caplio R7 Firmware

Starting from 21-September, 2007, if you have a Ricoh Caplio R7 digital camera, you can now benefit from a firmware that includes the following improvements:
• Improved accuracy of the AF algorithm.
• Modified the following phenomenon. If you set F3:2 in picture quality/size, and if you take a picture with [WB-BKT] or [CL-BKT], a recording area will shift to the bottom and instead, the slight black line will be recorded in the top of the image.
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By Laura

I started photography as a hobby in 2005, during college. My passion slowly became a more important part of my life since 2008. Because of using a combination of my photographic knowledge, with those of internet marketing, I like to call myself a "photomarketer".

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