Reviews & hands-on

  • Cameras

    Pentax K-3 pictures and hands-on: Top-spec DSLR sticks with APS-C sensor, loads up on new features

    By 7 October 2013

    Ahead of the unveiling of the Pentax K-3 we had the chance to test out a pre-production model of this top-spec DSLR. And we like what we've seen from the top-spec camera's features. Despite various rumours Pentax has not pushed into the full-frame DSLR...

  • Cameras

    Ricoh Theta hands-on: we explore Ricoh's 360-degree, app-controllable camera

    By 7 September 2013

    The Ricoh Theta is a camera with a single purpose: it takes 360-degree panoramas and stitches them into spherical, navigable files within a few seconds. But there's no screen on this device, just two protruding wide-angle lenses that make it look like...

  • Cameras 4 out of 5

    Ricoh GR review

    By 6 August 2013

    There are high-end compact cameras and there are high-end compact cameras. The Ricoh GR most definitely fits into the latter group: there's an APS-C size sensor - the same size as found in many DSLR cameras - paired up with a fixed 28mm equivalent f/2.8...

  • Cameras 4 out of 5

    Ricoh GRD IV review

    By 23 February 2012

    The high-end compact camera market has burgeoned in recent years. Ricoh’s ongoing GR Digital series, reviewed here in its latest GRD IV incarnation, is at the forefront of the fixed-lens, medium-size-sensor compact market. It won’t be for everyone...

  • Cameras 3.5 out of 5

    Ricoh CX4 review

    By 13 September 2010

    Long before Panasonic ever incorporated a larger than standard-at-the-time 3x optical zoom into one of its pocket compacts, Ricoh was doing it to critical plaudits but less mainstream fanfare. The CX4, a fast off the blocks upgrade to the CX3, continues...

  • Cameras 4 out of 5

    Ricoh CX3 compact camera review

    By 22 February 2010

    Ricoh might not make the coolest looking digital compacts - in fact, design wise, they're uniformly rather drab. But at least the manufacturer channels its efforts towards where it matters most, namely the cameras' image quality plus useful wide-angle...

  • Cameras 4.5 out of 5

    Ricoh GXR digital camera review

    By 4 January 2010

    Ricoh's brave new release in the GXR is a camera of two halves - literally. With the intention of providing a photographic "solution" that will take digital SLR-like professional quality photographs whilst, unlike a DSLR, being small enough to fit in...

  • Cameras 0 out of 5

    Ricoh GXR digital camera - First Look review

    By 10 November 2009

    When we first heard what Ricoh was planning with the GXR we had to stifle a giggle. One of the things we like about using a DSLR is swapping components around to best suit your environment, but the idea of sliding off the front of the camera seemed a...

  • Cameras 4.5 out of 5

    Ricoh CX2 digital camera review

    By 15 October 2009

    The Ricoh CX2 is basically the same as the CX1, it looks stylish and is undoubtedly well made; once again we had the black liveried version to test, though silver and a two-tone version with a coloured top plate are available. A simple control layout...

  • Cameras 4.5 out of 5

    Ricoh GR Digital Mk III digital camera review

    By 21 August 2009

    The new Ricoh GR Digital Mk III marks a big step-up from the Mk II, previously the company’s quality compact for the enthusiast or professional needing a decent and pocketable back-up camera. The new camera has high image quality at its core, at least...

  • Cameras 4.5 out of 5

    Ricoh CX1 compact camera review

    By 7 April 2009

    The Ricoh CX1 looks stylish and is undoubtedly well made once you heft the all metal compact from its box, but looks otherwise unremarkable. The black liveried version we had to test has a rather simple control layout that belies the underlying complexity,...

  • Cameras 4 out of 5

    Ricoh Caplio 500G Wide digital camera review

    By 6 December 2006

    Six months after it was first announced, Ricoh has finally released the 500G in the UK. Ricoh has a lineage of tough cameras and the 500G is the latest and an update of the very similar 400G. Key spec on this model is a very nice 28-85mm, 3x optical zoom...

  • Cameras 3.5 out of 5

    Ricoh Caplio R5 digital camera review

    By 6 September 2006

    My first impressions of the R5 are of a svelte, compact digital compact, its all-metal body is both sturdy and nice to hold thanks to a subtle curve (accentuated by the body styling) on the right side of the body. Out of the box the machine seems to fit...

  • Cameras 4.5 out of 5

    Ricoh Caplio R4 digital camera review

    By 13 July 2006

    The Ricoh Caplio R4 builds on the R-Series range, offering a svelte, well-styled compact digital camera that provides a level of specification and shooting options akin to a much more expensive camera. A new square-pixel type, 6-megapixel sensor provides...

  • Cameras 4.5 out of 5

    Ricoh GR Digital digital camera review

    By 5 April 2006

    In October 1996, the Ricoh GR series of 35mm film cameras were born in the shape of the GR1. This camera and its later film bearing GR counterparts were some of the company's first compact cameras aimed at the enthusiast or pro snapper where image quality...