Ricoh R1s: The Perfect Pocket Film Camera?

Over the last couple of years, I’ve shot with over 60 point and shoot film cameras. You could say it’s an obsession, perhaps even an illness. 

The hunt for the perfect pocket camera led me to a brand that I’ve never shot with before: Ricoh. In the mid-90s, Ricoh brought out the super-slim GR series and the more consumer-oriented R series. Both lines were fully automatic point and shoots that gave photographers some level of control through their different modes and features. Curiosity about these Ricoh cameras led me to this excellent Ricoh R1s review brought to you by Film Is More Fun

The R1s is tiny — much smaller than your iPhone and thinner than a lot of other compact shooters such as the Olympus Stylus Epic and Contax T3. Despite its size, the R1s has an impressive reputation and a few tricks up it sleeve. 

The camera sports a wide 30mm f/3.5 lens with 4 elements in 4 groups. Flick it into panorama wide mode and the lens magically turns into a 24mm ultra-wide shooter, though at this focal length, you’re shooting at a fixed f/8 aperture. 

On paper, the R1s sounds fantastic, but here’s the plot twist: Chris didn’t initially like the camera, and it ended up in a drawer with other unused cameras. So, did he learn to love it or not? To find out why, watch the video. 

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Matt Murray is a travel, portrait and stock photographer from Brisbane, Australia.

Matt is an avid film photographer and hosts an analogue photography podcast 'Matt Loves Cameras' featuring reviews of classic film and instant cameras.

Matt also hosts a new photography YouTube channel Matt Loves Cameras.

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