|The Ricoh Caplio GX is an interesting digital camera which brings Ricoh in the spotlight again. The camera is equipped with high quality optics and a functional zoom range. The wide angle is getting more and more attractive to more manufacturers and it is good to see Ricoh taking the lead. The way Ricoh lets his camera focus is magnificent! The speed and precise way in which the camera focuses, but also the speed of the shutter release are features in which the Ricoh Caplio GX distinguishes itself.
Personally I find it a missed opportunity that this Ricoh camera isn't developed just a little bit more. The restriction of freedom on the aperture priority and opposite that the freedom of shutter speed priority is rather contradictory. The ISO range of 64 – 1600 ISO seems attractive, however the amount of noise limits the use of the high ISO value. The JPEG compression seems very strong in Fine and desirable is an extra compression with a 1:2 compression. The multi media experience could be more intense with an upgraded resolution from 320x240 pixels to 640x480 pixels, which nowadays is not an exception but almost a standard. The Caplio GX seems to have more potential at which the design of the camera implicates we're dealing with a complete digital camera. The Caplio GX however is more like a combination between entry-level and serious 'photographic' camera, a digital camera with semi-professional features. A somewhat classic design, placing of a hot shoe, the high quality lens, enhancement of wide angle by means of a converter, an innovative focus method with a very fast shutter responding time are ingredients that ask for more. The camera is standard delivered with two alkaline batteries, but to be honest, the lack of a rechargeable Li-Ion battery with matching charger is a disappointment.
On the other hand Ricoh has introduced a fine and user's friendly camera. The compact size and the clearly present hand grip make working with the camera a pleasant experience. The camera's menu is well-organised and the division of the buttons leaves nothing to wish for concerning clearness. The quick selection button ADJ is placed in a useful spot. The Command Dial with the main programs also and it has a very useful division of the menu. The handy built-in scenes are a good way to make carefree snapshots not only for the starting photographer but also for the enhanced user. Beside that the manual settings offer sufficient possibilities to be photographically creative.
The overall conclusion is that the camera definitely leaves behind a good impression and that it certainly is worthwhile to have a closer look at this camera in your local photo shop!
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