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Dennis Hissink : March 28th 2007 - 10:00 CET

Ricoh Caplio GX100

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RicohRicoh Caplio GX100 : Ricoh announces the launch of its new Ricoh Caplio GX100 digital camera. The Ricoh GX100 is a superior model that achieves high picture quality thanks to the high-speed F2.5 aperture and high-performance 24 to 72 mm wide zoom lens (35mm film equivalent), 10.01 Megapixel CCD, and “Smooth Imaging Engine II” crammed into a compact body just 25mm thick - a first in the digital camera category. The new Ricoh Caplio GX100 camera is the successor to the popular Caplio GX8 (launched May 2005, open priced). The DIWA Gold awarded Ricoh Caplio GX8 was a highly practical superior model featuring comprehensive manual shooting functions and the expandability to allow system upgrades to meet various applications.
Ricoh Caplio GX100Ricoh GX100 camera - Resolution
The Ricoh Caplio GX100 is a high-performance camera cram packed with advanced functions including a 24 to 72 mm equivalent high-performance wide zoom lens (Caplio GX8: 28 to 85 mm equivalent) that can be expanded to even ultra-wide-angle shooting equivalent to 19 mm using the optional wide conversion lens, being the first digital camera to support a removable electronic viewfinder (LCD viewfinder), and high image quality thanks to the 10.01 Megapixel effective CCD (Caplio GX8: 8.24 Megapixel) and popular Smooth Imaging Engine II image processing.

Ricoh Caplio GX100 compact camera - Body and Zoom lens
The newly developed 24 to 72 mm wide zoom lens (35mm film equivalent) features a generous configuration of 11 elements in 7 groups, including aspheric surface lenses and high-refractive-index, low-dispersion lenses. This optimal configuration restricts distortion, chromatic aberration, and light falloff at edges for wide-angle operations while delivering aperture light settings from F2.5 (Wide-angle) to F4.4 (Telephoto). The Ricoh Caplio GX100's body size of 25mm is the smallest that can accommodate a zoom lens of 24 mm or longer, making it easy to carry and enjoy photography anywhere. The 7 blade iris aperture enables fine tuning and achieves beautiful blurred backgrounds. The optional wide conversion lens enables users to shoot 19 mm ultra-wide-angle photography (but note a separate optional hood and adaptor set is required).

Ricoh Caplio GX100 digital camera - Electronic viewfinder
This is the first camera to support a tilted and removable electronic viewfinder. Offers 100% viewfinder coverage without parallax and multi information display similar to an LCD monitor. Great for photography in bright outdoor environments. Take photographs as though using a conventional film camera. The electronic viewfinder is included in the Ricoh Caplio GX100 VF KIT.

Ricoh GX100 digital compact camera - CCD sensor and File format
The 10.01 Megapixel effective CCD combined with the popular unique image-processing engine “Smooth Imaging Engine II” achieves low noise as well as high picture quality precisely reproducing even details. An aspect ratio of 3:2 and 1:1 can be selected. Ratio of 3:2 is the same aspect ratio as 35mm and most digital SLR's that allows images to be printed in standard sizes without cropping. RAW compression and RAW with JPEG can be selected for ultimate quality.

Ricoh Caplio camera - Operation and Settings
The Mode Dial on top of the body, the Up-Down Dial at the front of the body, the ADJ lever at the rear of the body and function buttons on the upper part of the body, etc. allow a wide array of manual settings such as aperture-priority AE settings, manual exposure settings, white balance adjustment, and ISO sensitivity selection while holding the camera in one hand. Directly select “My Settings” on the Mode Dial to take photos using the arbitrarily allocated settings. New features such as the square mode with a 1:1 aspect ratio and the sepia mode further enhance the range of expression.

Ricoh Caplio GX100 - Equipment and Display
The Ricoh Caplio GX100's hot shoe accepts an electronic viewfinder, an external flash, or an external viewfinder available on the market. The optional hood and adaptor allow use of the 19 mm wide conversion lens or other 43 mm diameter accessories, such as various filters available on the market. An optional cable switch is also available. The Caplio GX100 can meet the diverse needs of professional photographers, high-end amateurs and commercial uses. The Ricoh GX100 features a crystal-clear 2.5-inch 230,000 LCD panel with a wide 170° view angle.

Ricoh Caplio GX100 optional accessories
• Rechargeable batteries: Ricoh DB-60
• Battery charger: Ricoh BJ-6
• AC adapter: Ricoh AC-4c
• LCD viewfinder ; Ricoh VF-1 (Ricoh VF-1 LCD viewfinder is included in GX100 VF KIT)
• Wide conversion lens: Ricoh DW-6 (Ricoh HA-2 hood and adapter is required)
• Hood and adapter: Ricoh HA-2
• Soft case: Ricoh SC-45
• Neck strap: Ricoh GS-1 (Ricoh ST-1 neck strap for the Caplio GX/GX8 cannot be used)
• Cable switch: Ricoh CA-1

Ricoh GX100 included accessories
• Rechargeable Battery (Ricoh DB-60)
• Battery Charger (Ricoh BJ-6)
• Lens Cap
• USB Cable
• AV Cable
• Handstrap

Ricoh Caplio GX100 photo camera - Macro photography and Vibration reduction
Retaining the conventional popular macro mode that focuses down to 1 cm (on the wide side), the Ricoh GX100 digital camera permits macro photography using the blur effect down to 4 cm even on the telephoto side. When camera movement from hand shake is detected, the vibration correction system, based on Ricoh’s own CCD shift method, moves the CCD in the opposite direction to make corrective adjustments. This results in the ability to take clear, sharp telephoto shots at high zoom magnification, macro shots, and indoor shots without the negative effects of blurring.

Ricoh GX100 digital photo camera - Energy
The Ricoh Caplio GX100 camera gets approximately 380 exposures with the included high-capacity rechargeable batteries or approximately 35 exposures using AAA dry batteries. The optional AC adaptor, which is convenient for indoor shooting, can also be used as a third power source.

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