|Ricoh GX100 - RAW format support
Ricoh deserves a big praise for supporting RAW in a compact camera. Professionals also use compact cameras and this group wants to be able to correct as much as possible if anything would go wrong. Ricoh has joined with the DNG format, the RAW format which Adobe has introduced to guarantee that you will be able to open the file years from now. This embellishes Ricoh, but at the same time it lowers the development costs for a proprietary RAW file and a corresponding converter. Ricoh's files can be used in the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop / Elements without any problems. The RAW format can also be used in the 2:3 ratio, which is a very thought -out solution. Nevertheless, a JPEG will be stored with every RAW image, which is not quite necessary to my opinion. I would rather make my own choice in this case.
Ricoh Caplio GX100 - Sharpening
A JPEG from the Ricoh Caplio GX100 is very useful. Standard, a very low sharpening will be set; on that account the images can look a bit blurry. By using the Smart Sharpen or Unsharpen Mask feature in Photoshop to uplift the sharpness, you will notice that the images are sharp after all. You can also increase the sharpening a little inside the camera, but it will be better to have a little less sharpness than too much. Just like with the GR Digital, Ricoh uses the term Color Depth to indicate saturation. This is not correct, these are two different terms. Nevertheless, the standard saturation is alright, just like the contrast.
Ricoh Caplio GX100 - White balance
The white balance is surprisingly neutral, even with artificial light, although a manual white balance is better nevertheless. Setting a manual white balance is very simple. Point the camera towards a white field and press the DISP button. If you press OK after this, not only will the white balance have been made, but the Ricoh Caplio GX100 will also switch to that manual white balance. This is very pleasant to work with.
Ricoh Caplio GX100 - ISO sensitivity
Sensitivity with the Ricoh Caplio GX100 goes up to ISO 1600. This may look nice in the brochure, but it is not really useful. At lower sensitivities, the camera performs well. At ISO 200 we cannot really speak of noise yet, although mainly the shadow parts don't look truly clean. After that, it goes downhill quickly, and in my opinion ISO 400 is the maximal feasible. At ISO 800 the image contains too much noise, not even to speak of ISO 1600.
|Not only the noise is a problem for the camera, the blurring because of the noise reduction is also a huge spoiler. This is a big letdown for a camera of which I had rather high expectations when it comes to photography in existing light. Unfortunately, for Ricoh also goes that marketing and realistic design don't go together; the application of a high ISO value surpasses the necessary quality completely. The competition shows that Ricoh is not an exception in this matter. Except for one exclusion, Fujifilm with its Super CCD design, the complete competition scores outright average to badly in the use of high ISO in a compact camera.
Ricoh Caplio GX100 - Program modes
In addition to a trio of light measuring methods (multi-segment metering, centre weight metering, spot metering), the Ricoh Caplio GX100 has a few program modes. A green mode and a few scenes with which the camera arranges everything automatically, aren't missing. However, most photographers will ignore these modes and choose the P, A or M mode. With P, the camera itself manages the shutter speed and aperture, but you will be able to set more than with the green mode. It is advised to choose the P mode over the green mode. Strangely, a shutter priority is missing. Fortunately, the Ricoh Caplio GX100 does have an aperture priority, because with the aperture you manage the depth of field, which is a graphic medium. You can displace an accent, although it won't have much effect because of the small sensor. The most used settings can be stored in My1 or My2, so you will have the camera in the right settings immediately for the two most occurring circumstances. It is a handy and welcome addition!
Ricoh GX100 - Optical image stabilisation
The Ricoh has standard activated the image stabilization. It works so inconspicuous that at first I did not even notice that the camera has been equipped with this technique. No jittering viewfinder image, no strange sound with the lens...nothing. Only sharp images, even with little light. I might say that Ricoh's image stabilization works very well. I couldn't find any reason to turn it off. The lens itself delivers fine images as well. Purple fringing is barely visible and the overall sharpness is good. Nevertheless, the corners stay behind a bit in the utmost wide-angle setting. Distortion remains within limits, which is an exception for such a wide-angle. With the GR Digital, Ricoh has already proven to be able to built a good wide-angle, with the Ricoh Caplio GX100 they now also show it in a zoom lens.