|Ricoh GX100 compact camera with wide-angle
When Ricoh announced the GX100, I waited impatiently for my turn to review the camera. It has everything I am personally looking for in a compact camera. A true wide-angle but also zoom, RAW support, image stabilization, a fine resolution and a sturdy housing. In addition, the Ricoh Caplio GX100 also has a very nice ISO range. These are all things that interest me. I love taking pictures in existing light and like to photograph my subjects from up-close. So, on paper, an ideal camera.
Ricoh GX100 - Compact digital camera
The first impression is very good. A nicely designed compact camera , that lies in the hand excellently, and above all built very sturdy. Do I really have my ideal camera in hands? The operation is exemplary. The Ricoh GX100 starts up fast and the auto focus works quicker than I thought. In addition, thanks to the programmable buttons, all functions can be found quickly, among other things. I can store the most favorite settings in My1 and My2. I don't really care about the menu not being available in my own language, the English menu works just fine for me.
Ricoh Caplio GX100 - Standard travel mate
The Ricoh Caplio GX100 soon becomes my standard travel mate on the bicycle or during a stroll through the city. The camera fits in my pocket with ease and with the wide-angle I can photograph what I want. If I want more I can use the lens attachment, although it usually stays in the bag because mounting it is hard and the camera gets too big. Nevertheless, the stick-on viewfinder stays on the camera at all times. It provides a nice image and looking into the camera from above offers a fresh view on the world.
Ricoh Caplio GX100 - RAW storage format
I choose RAW as storage format, even though the camera gets too slow then. For the faster work, I have a top digital SLR camera as replacement, so I'm not worried about the wait here. I am only missing the speed for one case, eventually. For many ways of photographing it really does not matter. But I have to admit that the prolonged transfer does get on my nerves at times. I truly hope that Ricoh is going to do something about this, for the GR Digital already had the same problem.
Ricoh Caplio GX100 - ISO values
The images at low ISO look very nice. Among other things, because of the excellent objective with image stabilization. There are few annoying lens errors, a fine sharpness, and just little over-exposure. Not an insignificant performance for such a powerful wide-angle. The colour reproduction is fine and the sharpness shortage can be corrected easily in Photoshop. Only when the camera is set on ISO 400 or higher, my enthusiasm turns into disappointment. The share of noise increases quickly, even though Ricoh uses a potent noise reduction. The reduction also causes a decrease of detail and this does not make the image prettier. I can understand how this would be a reason for a certain group of photographers not to purchase the Ricoh GX100. Those who like to photograph under difficult and/or bad lighting situations, can hardly work without higher ISO values. The image stabilizer makes up for some of the flaws, but because the lens is not very fast you will soon be limited.
Ricoh GX100 digital camera - Unique top model!
On the other side, if you are mostly photographing in sufficient light, the Ricoh Caplio GX100 will definitely please you. With its specifications, its waywardness and fine quality it is almost impossible not to fall for the camera. Nice to look at, good to work with and, if you know how to dodge the limitations, with fine results. The Ricoh Caplio GX100 is a unique top model among the digital compact cameras, a recommendation for a special group of users.
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