Ricoh takes a wider angle

Ricoh has widened its range, dropping all new compact snapper with a massive 7.1x wide-angle zoom.

The all new R8 is the successor to the R7, and comes in the wake of a slew of new peepers offering punters ever-wider angles to take their holidays snaps.

Olympus’s SP-570 offers 20x zoom, but in a far heftier bod’ that it’d be rude to call compact. This new Ricoh model is far better suited if you’re a snap and go type photographer like us.

You’ll get 28 to 200mm from the R8, with 10-meg, snap focus and a 2.7-inch screen slapped on the back so you can see exactly what you’ve taken, whether it’s a super close up, or a vast panoramic.

Looks wise, we’re not talking Lily Cole: but then this bad boy makes your current digital memory box look pretty damn obsolete.

Price and release date are still to be confirmed, but keep it here for news as we get it.