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Ricoh - Caplio GX100
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- Removeable electronic viewfinder included
- 10-megapixel CCD for high image quality
- 3x optical zoom
- Dimensions: 112 x 58 x 25 mm (4.4 x 2.3 x1.0 in)
- Weight (no batt): 220g (7.8oz)
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|Display Size||—||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||10 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||18.2 megapixels||20.1 megapixels|
|Has Image Stabilization||—||Yes||Yes||—|
|Item Dimensions||—||12.74 x 13.25 x 9.4 cm||—||10.55 x 4.2 x 6.09 cm|
|Item Weight||—||213 grams||5 grams||294 grams|
|Max Focal Length||—||37.1 mm||—||100 mm|
|Min Focal Length||24 mm||10.4 mm||—||24 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||10 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||18.2 megapixels||20.9 megapixels|
|Removable Memory||—||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card; Memory Stick||—||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card|
|Special Feature||—||Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||wireless||Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority|
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Ricoh hasÃ?Â built uponÃ?Â the concept of the GX8Ã?Â and now presentsÃ?Â its successor, the Caplio GX100, with an adjustable focus 24mm wide-angle lens with the performance of a 10.01-megapixel CCD sensor. Its built-in 3x optical zoom lets photographers broaden their scope for wide-angle shots or focus in closely on a particular subject. For optimum clarity in all circumstances, the Caplio GX100 includes an anti-vibration system with a CCD sensor off-setting. This system compensates for camera movement and lets you take clear pictures without a tripod in dimly-lit environments even without a flash,Ã?Â so you'll getÃ?Â more realistic renderings with excellent quality.Ã?Â Also offeringÃ?Â a high sensitivity of 1600 ISO, this camera is unbeatable in all circumstances. It is easy to handle thanks to its intuitive ergonomics: the two user-friendly toggle controls are easy to use while the 2.5? (6.35cm) LCD screen offers a 170Ã?Â° viewing angle for perfect visibility.Ã?Â In addition toÃ?Â its ingenious design, the GX100 distinguishes itself with its various optional accessories adapted to your needs, with notably the removable electronic viewfinder that fixes onto the camera clamp for use in SLR mode (as with a digital reflex) and lets you benefit from complete image coverage when shooting. Superior to its predecessor on all points, the Caplio GX100 will stimulate your creativity and let you fully express your photographic talents.
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Outstanding image quality can be achieved. You can bracket and adjust the exposure by stops, getting excellent results in challenging conditions. Works great on the auto settings but theres lots of fine tuning you can do to have maximum control.
The battery compartment will accept 2 ordinary AA batteries. Mind you battery life is amazing lasting several days on a charge. The ability to alter the flash to a soft setting is great.
Its discreet. Can be concealed in a pocket. Excellent, highly recommended I ve had superb results which I couldn't have betterd with an SLR. This is ideal for the photography I do, photographing street scenes, people in developing countries. Good low light performance I shot some series at night illuminated by street lamps, some picture noise but great results after processing and image manipulation. However, an SLR with the ability to change lenses might be more suitable for others, if you want pictures of wild animals, say, or are going all out for the perfect shot of some stunning landscape.
Only gripe is the removable viewfinder. Shows more of the image than the camera records. Or just difficult to see. The LCD on the back clearly visible even in bright sunlight. Thought I d use the removable viewfinder but found it wasn't very useful.
The downside is the pictures produced. They are very very noisy, even at ISO100. There is plenty of detail but the noise is intrusive. There is a good reason why most pictures you see taken with this camera at iso 400 and above are in black and white and that is because it hides the noise somewhat.
The fact is that at this price there are better options. My Fuji F31 takes pictures that blow this away in every possible respect. The only thing this camera has is a wide angle lens and a nice interface. Is that worth paying £200 more than the fuji? Not for me. I sold it on.
If you are not in to photography but want a compact camera that is mainly automatic and takes good Jpeg images then save some money and look at other ultra compacts, especially if you want to be able to capture video. If however you are a keen photographer looking for a compact camera that gives you full creative control and records in RAW format then it is worth considering so read on.
I had four main requirements when searching for this particular camera; it had to be pocket size, capable of shooting in RAW format, have full manual control and produce high quality images
I did quite a lot of research to find these particular characteristics in a small compact camera and I only came up with three; the Leica D-Lux 3, the Canon G9 and the Ricoh GX100. So why go for the Ricoh? Well it's cheaper than the Leica, and smaller than the G9 and I think it is much more useable creatively than the other two.
First thing to say is that I have found that the image quality of the three digital camera that I have purchased have all improved after a hundred shots or so. I don't know why but initially the images all looked a bit washed out and not very sharp. So don't panic as this does seem to improve with time.
The camera has a steel case and feels heavy and well constructed. The LCD display is of very good quality but I prefer to use the electronic viewfinder. In general the GX100 oozes quality and feels built to last.
Usability and features
What makes it more useable are the two thumb dials for changing camera settings on the fly. This feature is very reminiscent of most digital SLRs so I immediately felt at home. I would also recommend purchasing the electronic viewfinder kit and a lens hood accessory as adding these to the camera makes it feel like a small SLR and it can be held with much more stability. One problem when using the eye piece is that if fouls the pop up flash so they can't be used together. The screen is a good size and of high quality.
A couple of the 'nice' features are the ability to save two camera setups that can be selected from the camera mode dial and a short voice recording that can be added to an image, which is useful when out scouting for future locations.
As I have said it does shoot RAW but takes about 5 seconds to record to a SanDisk Extreme III SD card and this means that there is no continuous shooting option and this is a weakness. The Ricoh has some internal memory, which is next to useless and I would have like to see it used as an image buffer to reduce the lag between shots. The lens is of good quality and boasts a 24mm to 72mm equivalent lens, which is very wide for such a small camera but affords a more creative approach to a shot. I would suggest that those of you who want to capture wildlife look at a different camera (in fact get a D-SLR).
As well as some standard scene modes you have semi-automatic and full manual control. The use of the thumb wheels means that the GX100 is a great camera for street photography because you don't have to search through loads of menu options to get that fleeting shot.
The sensor is 10 megapixels and means that you can produce large format prints of high quality and using RAW and after processing, the images can be as good as those from my Nikon D80 SLR, which for those who do not know is a highly rated camera.
It is possible to adjust saturation, sharpening and contrast for jpeg images but I didn't notice a big difference between hard and normal or other combinations of settings. I don't use jpegs but they look as good as any other good quality compact so this is fine for holiday trips etc. But I would suggest that the people who buy this camera may be more interested in RAW.
It has optical image stabilisation which helps sharpen up the images and is unusual for a camera in this class.
The major problem is noise at higher sensitivities making the GX100 only useable for high quality prints up to ISO 200 and reasonable small prints can be made up to ISO 400 but beyond this the image quality is not good enough for framing. In its defence this is a problem for most compacts due to the size of the sensor. However for night scenes you can take long exposures due to the manual operation at low sensitivity, which produces very good results.
The GX100 also offers a video capture but the microphone is very poor and produces videos with terrible audio so this is an almost worthless feature.
This camera has a very narrow market and should only be considered by very keen photographers. In that role it has some major strengths including build quality, good picture quality, great usability and a lens that enables a great creative range. It however looses a star for its poor noise performance and its write time with RAW files. If I had large pockets in a financial sense I would go for a Leica, which will have superior optics. If I had large pockets in a 'size of my coat pocket' sense then I would have considered the Canon G9. Conditional recommendation.
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