Ricoh Australia Caplio R4
- Stylish design, Huge zoom, Low noise
- Picture quality was adequate
The R4 is a sophisticated compact with a big zoom that performs more than adequately in most regards.
Price$ 599.00 (AUD)
Continuing the trend they set with the stylish Caplio R3, Ricoh's new model, the Caplio R4, offers something a little different to the competition. Suited for those wanting a classy, high-end compact, it sports a suave design, a huge zoom and fairly decent picture quality.
Performance and Functionality
The big selling point of this model, like its predecessor, is the gigantic zoom. Despite coming in a compact form factor, the R4 packs in a massive 7.1X optical zoom. At full extension, the lens is twice the width of the rest of the camera and offers a lot more control than your average 3X zoom point and shoot model. Such a lens really comes into its own when shooting sports photography, where shorter zooms can't always keep the action in the frame.
Zoom aside, this is a fairly standard model with very basic manual capabilities. There is a rudimentary shutter speed option which allows you pick from three preset configurations. We didn't find it particularly useful, but it is nice to have the option. ISO sensitivities extend up to 800 and white balance has both presets and a custom mode. We really liked the R4's continuous shot function, which operated at a robust 3.5 frames a second. Combine this with the zoom and you've got a great sports camera in a compact body. There is also an anti-shake setting which is a big help, keeping shots jitter free at high zoom levels.
The support for quick photography is further enhanced by this model's performance in our other speed tests. With a shutter operation time of just .09 of a second and a shot- to-shot time of just over a second, you won't be missing much of the action. Power-up time was slightly slower however, making us wait 2.5 seconds for our first picture.
The R4's pictures were slightly above average, with the camera offering reasonable performance in most areas.
Scoring 10.2 in our Imatest colourchecker, we found the overall colour balance to be pretty good. The inaccuracy was spread fairly evenly across the spectrum, with the problem colours being red and blue. Despite not scoring 6-7 like some other cameras we've looked at recently, realistically you will be hard pressed to tell the difference unless the shots are placed side by side.
Its sharpness rating of 1296 was slightly more impressive. For a six megapixel sensor this is an above average score and although our pictures were not quite as crisp as we expected, they were more than satisfactory. Imatest did reveal quite a bit of oversharpening which made its presence felt. This showed itself in our test shots, with a certain cell shaded look to parts of the pictures that detracted from their realism.
Chromatic aberration was a little above normal, scoring .113% in Imatest. While this isn't at a chronic level - over .15% is considered to be bad - it still has some impact on the pictures and helps explain why our shots were slightly blurry in some parts despite the R4's solid sharpness score.
The R4 also performed well in our Image Noise check, scoring .57% at its lowest setting, which is well within the range we consider to be acceptable. With a result like this, noise shouldn't really be visible, and our clean, smooth shots confirmed this. Impressively, the R4 also continued this strong performance at higher ISO levels, achieving a 1.38% result at ISO 800. Compared to the 1.7-2.2 scores achieved by many other models at these settings, this is a great result and really cements the R4 as a wonderful choice for speedy photography.
The one area that Ricoh manages to consistently distinguish itself is in terms of design. Everything about their products, from the camera itself to the leather holster and camera bag, exhibit style and sophistication. The R4 continues this trend. It comes with a black and matte silver colour scheme and a smoothly finished, entirely metal chassis. It feels robust and solid enough to take a few knocks yet still manages to look incredible.
The controls are fairly minimalist, with a basic function switch, menu button and directional pad. We didn't like the fact that all the options are crammed into a single menu, rather than broken up for simplicity like other models. However, for a compact camera with limited controls, this is only a minor problem.
Join the newsletter!
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
cloudandco Smart Cane
Apple iPhone X
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Toys for Boys
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Bose SoundLink Micro
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Xbox One X
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 4 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
- 5 Giabyte Aorus X9 Gaming Laptop review: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Panasonic Announces Compact, Lightweight ultra-telephoto LEICA Lens
- Panasonic announce still-shooter flagship G9
- Sony Announces Development of New G Master Super-Telephoto Full-Frame E-Mount Lens
- Sony Expands Full-frame E-mount lens lineup
- Sony’s New Full-Frame α7R III Interchangeable Lens Camera promises to delivers both resolution and speed
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro review
- The Best Australian Black Friday Tech Deals That Aren't On Amazon
- Wolfenstein The New Colossus Review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCDevOps Automation SME - Telco ClientVIC
- FTSystems/Business AnalystACT
- CCPNI ConsultantVIC
- CCProcess Improvement Specialist - TelcoVIC
- TPSenior Business AnalystNSW
- TPSecurity AnalystQLD
- FTData Centre / Hosting Lead - $800 per dayOther
- FTSenior Business AnalystACT
- FTSystems ArchitectNSW
- FTIT Security Support OfficersOther
- FTETL/Data EngineerOther
- FTNetwork Lead AcrhitectNSW
- FTRobotic Process Automation DeveloperOther
- TPProject Manager - Records ManagementVIC
- CCJava DeveloperQLD
- FTIT Graduate / Junior Project AdministratorOther
- FTNetwork EngineerACT
- FTInfrastructure Architect (EUC)Other
- FTData Centre Systems EngineerOther
- FTSenior Change ManagerACT
- FTSAP FI Functional SpecialistACT
- FTICT Project Coordinator / Project ManagerOther
- CCMiddleware AdminstratorNSW
- FTApplication ArchitectOther
- CCDigital Reporting AnalystNSW