Ricoh Caplio GX100 Camera review | Storage and Energy
A compact camera asks for a small battery and a small memory card, but they both need to have sufficient capacity. For this reason it is logical that the choice has fallen on the Lithium Ion battery and the Secure Digital memory card. SD cards can be purchased in large capacities and with different speeds. Almost naturally, the new SDHC memory cards also work in the Ricoh GX100. This new platform, SD High Capacity, starts off with a storage capacity of 4GB and can grow to 32GB theoretically! Standard, the Ricoh Caplio GX100 is provided with around 26MB internal memory. Nice, but barely or not at all useful in practice.
Ricoh Caplio GX100 - Secure Digital memory card
The Ricoh GX100 has a resolution of 10 Megapixels and this means large files most of the time. Especially when you're working in RAW, something I advise to use all the time. In RAW you will have much more correction possibilities afterwards. A RAW file (including JPEG) uses about 14.5MB or one single recording in the internal memory. For this reason you should not save on the memory card's capacity and a 2GB card is advised. Personally I would purchase the 4 or 8GB SDHC memory cards. In the tabulation below you will find the amount of pictures that can be stored on a 2GB Secure Digital card.
Considering 2GB storage capacity
RAW + JPEG - 3648x2736 pixels - 105 pictures
JPEG - Fine - 3648x2736 pixels - 495 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 3648x2736 pixels - 865 pictures
RAW - 3648x2432 pixels - 118 pictures
JPEG - Fine - 3648x2432 pixels - 558 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 3648x2432 pixels - 960 pictures
JPEG - Fine - 2736x2736 pixels - 660 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 3264x2448 pixels - 1078 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 2592x1944 pixels - 1661 pictures
JPEG -Normal - 2048x1536 pixels -2671 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 1280x860 pixels - 4726 pictures
JPEG - Normal - 640x480 pixels - 20476 pictures
TEXT - 3648x2736 pixels - 865 pictures
TEXT - 2048x1536 pixels - 2671 pictures
Video - 640x480 pixels -15fps -30 min 24 sec
Video - 640x480 pixels -30fps -15 min 19 sec
Video - 320x240 pixels -15fps -94 min 11 sec
Video - 320x240 pixels -30fps -48 min 13 sec
Ricoh GX100 - SanDisk Extreme III SD memory card
The SD memory card's speed is not very important. The differences are present, but not worth naming. The Ricoh Caplio GX100 camera cannot process the images quickly, especially RAW takes up a bit of patience. This is also the case when using a faster SanDisk Extreme III card, which is also the weakest point of the Ricoh GX100. You actually want to work in RAW to get as much as possible out of your work, but it works so slowly you'd rather not use RAW. To my opinion, the buffer is only for a part accountable for this, the used processor has a larger part. Besides this, the Ricoh Caplio GX100 has an internal memory with room for just one RAW or six JPEG images. Unfortunately, this does not work very quick either. Clearly a subject to keep in mind.
Ricoh Caplio GX100 - USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface
The data's transfer may be faster when using a faster memory card, which could be an advantage, as long as the computer and the device that reads the card have been equipped with a fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface. If this is not available, it is advised to look for a card reader. This is a handy device that is connected by means of the USB port and can read a card quickly, but can also store images. The control system of a computer will read the device as an eternal hard disk. Another advantage is the saving of energy.
Ricoh GX100 digital camera - 3,7V Li-Ion battery
The battery is a 3.7V Li-Ion, but you can also use two 1.5V AAA batteries. It can be hard to remove the battery quickly sometimes, it's not easy to get a grip on it. A little spring to push the battery out a bit is also missing; a subject for improvement. There's also room for improvement when it comes to placing the battery; it is not exactly clear how to stick the battery in the camera. So Ricoh did not learn much in regards to the GR Digital, a missed opportunity. The battery has a reasonable long life, but if you travel you should not forget to bring the charger, because after 200 pictures the battery will definitely be empty.