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Image quality was better than a cell phone
on May 5, 2016
First of all, I bought what I thought was a new camera, but when I got it I found that it had someone else's copyright info programmed into it. I was able to find him online. He said that he returned the camera in 2014. I bought this camera as new from this page in April of 2016. I wonder how many times this camera has been returned? I thought it was okay at first, small and stealthy, auto focus not very fast, but usable and decent file sizes.
I took it around all day today in the city and found a problem with the meter. Every once in a while the images come out black because the camera metered wrong and shot at too high of a shutter speed. Upping the EV to +2 would fix it for a bit and then it would start overexposing at +2 EV so I would have to set it back to 0 EV. At first I thought it was due to my metering method but the same problem kept coming up even in full auto mode and in every type of metering mode. Another problem is this camera gets the white balance wrong on every shot using auto white balance. Image quality is almost as good as my full sized aps-c cameras (D40 D90 and two D7100), but only l after I edited them for white balance and a few other things, then the pictures were much better.
The battery life was very poor so one would need to carry several batteries. I recharged my camera with my USB battery, but the camera cannot be used while it is charging via the USB battery, so one really does need to buy extra batteries and then figure out how to charge them as the camera does not come with a charger. Also the USB cord for the camera is proprietary, so you have to buy replacements or extras from Ricoh for a pretty penny.
I really wanted to like this camera. Maybe I just got a dud, but I'm not willing to take another chance with this brand now. I wanted a small and quiet camera for street photography and this camera is small and quiet but it has too many issues.