7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The best compact camera I could find!,
This review is from: Ricoh GX200 with View Finder Kit (Electronics)
I was looking for a compact camera which could do good panoramic shots. This is quite a demanding task because it requires a wide angle lens and a very good clear detail at the same time.
It could be said that the compact cameras are the last choice of cameras to be used for panorama because of their noise/grain in images when zoomed to 100%, this is the result of the very small sensor usually used in them.
However, Ricoh GX200 performs so well that it could compete with many big DSLRs. There is no significant noise or grain even when the photo is enlarged 100% which makes it an ideal small panoramic camera and perhaps the best compact camera on the market. The images are incredibly sharp, there is no smudged details even grass and trees looks natural when zoomed in.
However, it cannot compete with big DSLRs when taking night photography - so far I could not make it come up with a low noise image even with low ISO when taking night shots.
The attachable viewfinder is very useful, manly in two situations: when taking photos from unusual angles and when the sunlight obliterates the screen. One thing you must be careful about: if you use flash and lift the viewfinder entirely up it will push the flash down! This is not a problem but something one needs to be aware of. It is good to have a bag big enough to keep the viewfinder always on, for this camera has a real advantage with its viewfinder attached, appart from taking very sharp photos, over other compact cameras.
It looks "dodgy", but in the end it is the image that counts. This is a professional compact camera which has quite an amazing array of features, including beautifully clear display. It can also work on 2 AAA batteries.
A perfect compact camera for me would be the one which could do as sharp ultra wide photos as Ricoh GX200, have 10x optical zoom, make good night photos, record HD videos, have an external stereo microphone input, be able to run on USB power for the very long video or time-laps recording. Am I asking too much? No!