Ricoh Caplio R7 digital camera

8.2 MegaPaixel sensor for high resolution
7x Optical zoom
28mm wide angle capability makes it easier to fit groups of people and buildings in, when you cant easily move further back
200mm telephoto capability brings distant subjects much closer than almost any camera of this size
Optical image stabilisation
Face detection technology
Generally solid build quality
Small and slim design
Large 2.7-inch screen
More controls than you would expect on a camera of this size or price
Picture noise reasonably well controlled
Very good value for money

Autofocus often hunts before locking on, particularly at the telephoto end of the lens
Quirky physical design lacks the elegance and finish of the Canon IXUS 860 IS
Worringly, there is some slight movement in the screen at the back
Flash can struggle to correctly expose subjects brought closer by telephoto lens
Lens makes slightly off putting/concerning noise when camera is switched on

Summary This is probably the most highly specified camera of this size and price available. Ricoh have done an amazing job of fitting a 7x optical zoom into a camera of this size. However issues, such as hunting autofocus, inelegant design and slight movement in the screen mean that Ricohs R7 is not quite the world beating camera it should have been.

List price: 199.99 inc. VAT
Competitive Internet Price: c 169 inc. VAT

Star Rating: 7 stars Something of a curates egg. You may go for this cameras massive 7x optical zoom, 28mm wide angle capability and affordability; or you may go for the less well specified, more expensive but better designed Canon IXUS 860 IS.

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