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Ricoh R10 review

£179 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Ricoh

Ricoh isn't known for building sleek cameras but despite the Ricoh R10's relative bulk, it has only a 2.5in display. However, Ricoh has given the R10 a 7.1x optical zoom, which we found far more critical to taking shots.

Ricoh isn't known for building sleek cameras but despite the Ricoh R10's relative bulk, it has only a 2.5in display. However, Ricoh has given the R10 a 7.1x optical zoom, which we found far more critical to taking shots.

The Ricoh R10 also has a 28mm wideangle lens and, as with other Ricoh models, there's a good-sized grip area so you can confidently take steady shots one-handed. Optical image stabilisation and the ability to lock on to faces once it's recognised them is a given.

The Ricoh R10 offers lots of in-camera editing options, including getting rid of red-eye, cropping and adjusting the contrast. Indeed, the Ricoh takes this to another level, allowing you to consult an onscreen histogram to make accurate alterations to the picture balance, to reset the white point and to see the effect in different alpha channels.

You can also bookmark ('flag' in Ricoh parlance) up to three photos from the preview gallery by pressing the Ricoh R10's Fn hardware button next to the shutter release. This could come in handy if you've taken a shot of the local bus timetable or some other crucial information you need to quickly recall. Alternatively, of course, it could be used simply to tag your most successful shots.

The Ricoh R10 is able to detect the orientation of a stored image and display it the right way up, but it can also automatically compensate for images shot at an angle, ensuring your final image makes visual sense.

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Thankfully, we didn't find ourselves spending the whole time investigating the comprehensive feature set of the Ricoh R10. It intuitively takes good, well-balanced shots that do justice to the scene before you without you having to feed it much scene or light information.

It repays use of the scene and manual modes, however. Whether simply because having selected an appropriate mode for incandescent light we were more careful over taking our shot, when using the Ricoh R10 we found a noticeable step up in sharpness and tone over the auto settings for our indoor shots. We got pleasingly clean, crisp shots even on auto settings and relished being able to thoroughly review each shot in detail, zooming in by as much as 16x.

It's a mark of how good the 10Mp lens must be that edges and fine detail look good even zoomed in by several magnifications.

Ricoh R10 Expert Verdict »

Ricoh R10 reviews verified by Reevoo

Ricoh R10Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 18 reviews
10Mp compact camera
1/2.3-inch CCD (total pixels: approx 10.30 million pixels)
f= 4.95 - 35.4mm
F3.3 (Wide) - F5.2 (Telephoto)
Optical zoom: 7.1 times (35 mm equivalent focal length 28 to 200 mm), Digital zoom: 4.8 times, up to 34.1 times (960 mm equivalent)
CCD shift method image stabilizer
2.5in LCD

The Ricoh R10 is, indeed, something of a photographer's camera. With the R10 you feel as though you're getting a 'proper' camera, with real buttons and over which you have real control over how each shot turns out.

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