|Ricoh GX100 digital compact camera
The way the Ricoh Caplio GX100 lies in the hand is good and your fingers will fall in the right spot automatically. Because the lens has to slide out a bit, starting up takes a little time. Nevertheless, the camera is ready after about one second, this is an average and fine performance. If you only want to review the images, you can start the camera with the green play button, this way the lens will remain inside the camera. If you press the release button, the lens will slide out after all. Exactly like it's supposed to be as far as I'm concerned.
Ricoh Caplio GX100 - Focussing
The speed of the auto focus is strikingly quick. Even more important, of course, is that the focus is also accurate. After all, there is nothing more annoying than blurry pictures. For the focus, the Ricoh GX100 possesses 17 fields. You can also choose your own fields, so you can put the focus wherever you want, even though you will have to deal with a reasonable depth of field. Not only because of the wide-angle but also on account of the small image sensor. With little light, an assistance illuminator can offer consolation, although it is prominent and the surprise of taking a spontaneous picture will be gone.
Ricoh GX100 - Automatic & Manual settings
You can set the Ricoh GX100 completely automatic or manually. With the small setting dials on the front and back of the camera you can set the aperture and the shutter speed. In addition, the dial on the back has a double function. By pressing the dial, you can quickly change a few important settings. There you will find the white balance, the exposure correction, sensitivity and quality standard. By using the menu you can change this to your own liking. You can also give the function button on top of the camera another setting, standard you can use this button to switch from manual to auto focus. In practice I noticed that this button was pressed a few times accidentally, which made me wonder why no sharp image appeared in the (EVF) viewfinder.
|Ricoh GX100 - Lens hood & Wide-angle converter
To mount the lens hood or the optional wide-angle converter, you will first have to remove the accessory ring. Be sure to keep the ring in a good place, or you will lose it quickly. After this you can place the plastic adaptor and on that the lens hood or converter. You will now have a camera with a large construction and it will not really be compact anymore. Because it is too much of a hassle, I mainly photographed without the lens hood and I have to say that even then the lens performs fine, even with back lighting. With the lens attachment also comes a rubber lens hood. It is a bit of a limp construction and to my opinion it is to the disadvantage of the camera itself. Nevertheless, 19mm is very fun to work with. Addicting even, especially for the scenery or street photographer.
Ricoh Caplio GX100 - Optional viewfinder
The only accessory which I kept on the camera standard is the optional viewfinder. Although I am usually not very enthusiastic about electronic viewfinders, I think it works very well on the Ricoh GX100. By working with an electronic viewfinder, you need to keep the camera against your face, which will also give you more stability, and the people around you will less likely notice that you are working with a digital camera. You can see all the data in the viewfinder, which is a big advantage; this way you will not need the screen on the back, although the LCD's quality is just a little better. The electronic viewfinder can be turned in 90 degrees, this is very handy. This way you can actually look into the camera from above, it's like you are working with an old fashioned dual-eye camera. This can be extremely useful with low standing positions, for instance when photographing a flower.
Ricoh Caplio GX100 - Digital camera buffer
The biggest flaw of the Ricoh Caplio GX100 is the buffer. It is pretty restricted and you will notice this especially when working in the popular RAW format. You have to wait a few seconds after each recording before you can take another picture. This will not be a problem with the majority of the photos, but if you quickly want to photograph a series of pictures, you cannot use RAW. This is a pity, a missed chance!