I bought a Ricoh camera (the R4) about a month ago and it's turning out to be a really great camera for close ups and daytime photos. Unfortunately, it's not so great for night photos, but - at the moment anyway - that's okay, as I'm generally using it as a daytime camera. In some situations it takes passable night time photos, but not if it's overly dark or the lighting is a little bit odd - both of which produce disappointing results. But the closeups! Clicking on the macro setting enables close-ups as close as 1cm, which is really good for a compact and reasonably-priced camera.
Anyway... if you have any information about Ricoh cameras in general, I'd be interested in hearing it. Drop me a line or two.
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon