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Ricoh Caplio GX | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
The memory slot of the GX is hidden in the hand grip. Opening the smart cover frees the slot. The camera uses the Secure Digital memory card as storage medium. The GX is standard equipped with a 16MB internal memory but of course an external memory card is necessary to be able to really use the camera. The prices of memory cards with large storage capacity have dropped drastically and this trend will go on for a longer while this year. A 256 or 512MB Secure Digital memory card will turn out well to use in combination with the Caplio GX. One should be aware of which memory card is purchased. There are standard memory cards and fast ones that could improve the read and write speed of the files enormously. Also for the Caplio GX it is recommended to use a fast memory card. Storing the photos and movie clips is considerably faster which leads to more convenience managing the camera.
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The Secure Digital memory card is available with storage capacity from 32MB until and included 1GB. The faster variants are mostly available from 256MB until and included 1GB. This type of memory card has become very popular over the past few years and the expectation is that it will only gain in popularity.

The Caplio GX features a so-called Multi-shot function with three different settings; CONT, SCONT and MCONT. The CONT function offers taking more than one image one after the other at which the image is stored every time. In high resolution (2592x1944 and F compression) it means the images are stored with intervals of some 2 seconds and a maximum of 3 images. At a high resolution and N (Normal) compression a maximum of 5 images is possible increasing to 9 images in a resolution of 640x480 pixels. The SCONT function enables a cluster of 16 images joined together in 1 image with a file size of approximately 1.7MB in the highest resolution and compression F (Fine). When a lower resolution is chosen the file size will be smaller. The MCONT function offers the possibility to keep pressing the release button and when releasing it, the last three seconds will be captured in a cluster of 16 images. This series of images in high resolution with a speed of 2 seconds can't be called remarkably fast. Managing the images could use some more power here!

Considering a 256MB storage capacity:

Resolution 2592x1944 TIFF - 26 images
Resolution 2592 x1944 F compression - 152 images
Resolution 2592 x1944 N compression - 260 images
Resolution 2048 x1536 F compression - 213 images
Resolution 2048 x1536 N compression - 416 images
Resolution 1280 x 960 F compression - 426 images
Resolution 1280 x 960 N compression - 853 images
Resolution 640 x 480 N compression - 3413 images

Voice memo – 534 minutes and 34 seconds.
The camera is equipped with a USB 1.1 connection to transfer files onto a computer. If you prefer more speed, an optional USB 2.0 card reader can be used.

The Caplio GX is standard delivered with two AA alkaline batteries. It is also possible to purchase a Li-Ion battery (DB-43) and a separate charger (BJ-2), which in fact is recommended. Using alkaline batteries should be looked upon as an emergency source, as well as the NiMH batteries which can be annoying at times. Especially when the camera recharges the automatic flash when activating the camera. The delay is annoying compared to the speed the camera offers. The time needed to recharge the Li-Ion battery is considerably shorter and further enhancing the user's convenience. The amount of images that can be taken when using the NiMH batteries is approximately 120-140 while a Li-Ion battery offers 350-400 images.

The camera has a few energy saving functions. The automatic flash is standard turned off and the camera deactivates itself after 1 minute. This can be changed into 5 or 30 minutes if desired or you can choose to skip this energy saving function. Activating the Power-Save mode in the menu of the camera will standard deactivate the LCD monitor and only function when settings have to be changed via the menu.
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