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Ricoh Caplio GX8 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
The Ricoh Caplio GX8 is equipped with an internal memory to store captured images. You have to consider this as an emergency storage capacity because it is wiser to use an external Secure Digital memory card. These latter ones are available with large capacities which is rather necessary for an eight Megapixel camera. The cards are getting cheaper by the day, and it might be wise to purchase at least a 512MB card or: even better, 1GB cards for your Ricoh Caplio GX8. Also recommendable is the use of a fast memory card, such as the San Disk Extreme III memory card. Writing the images onto the card does take some time and speed is what you require now and in the future.
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Considering 512 MB storage capacity:
Resolution 3264x2448 pixels - TIFF - 32 images
Resolution 3264x2448 pixels - Fine JPEG - 158 images
Resolution 3264x2448 pixels - Normal JPEG - 275 images
Resolution 2592x1944 pixels - Normal JPEG - 430 images
Resolution 2048x1536 pixels - Normal JPEG - 683 images
Resolution 1280x960 pixels - Normal JPEG - 1209 images
Resolution 640x480 pixels - Normal JPEG - 5237 images
Resolution 3264x2448 pixels - Text mode - 982 images
Resolution 2048x1536 pixels - Text mode - 1654 images
Resolution 320x240 pixels - Video Clip - 12min 9sec.
Resolution 160x120 pixels - Video Clip - 46min 1sec.
Voice memo - 1073 minutes.

Ricoh Caplio GX8 - Energy
The GX8 gets its energy from some two AA batteries or from a Lithium Ion battery. This latter one unfortunately is optional and therefore we were not able to test it. The standard delivered alkaline batteries are only useful to go through the camera after purchase, but they don't have a long battery life. I advise you to work with rechargeable NiMH batteries. They are available in large capacities, and offer a longer energy boost per charge. A fully charged set of NiMH batteries will let you take approximately 150 images. Do take into account the use of the internal flash, because it eats energy and it reduces the amount of pictures that can be taken.
Ricoh GX8 - Action shots
The Ricoh Caplio GX8 offers a number of recording modes. To start with: single image, you have to press the release button time after time in order to take an image. The next image can only be made after the last one is completely stored on the memory card, which slows down the process of taking images. It takes the Ricoh Caplio GX8 approximately two seconds to store an image with the highest JPEG quality. In CONT mode you can keep pressing the release button but also here the next photo is taking after the last one is stored. A larger buffer would come in handy. SCONT and MCONT are useful and remarkable modes. SCONT combines sixteen images to one picture in the highest JPEG quality. You obtain one picture consisting of sixteen smaller ones. Also CONT combines sixteen images, but the Ricoh Caplio GX8 uses the last sixteen images made after letting go of the release button. It's a remarkable feature but I don't think it will be used too often in practice. ISO sensitivity can't be adjusted on SCONT and MCONT, so you might encounter some unappreciated digital noise.

Interface - USB 2.0 or card reader
In order to get the pictures from your camera onto the computer, the Ricoh Caplio GX8 is equipped with a USB 2.0 connection. Considering the large size of the files it is an advantage that the Ricoh GX8 is equipped with the faster interface. Also very convenient is a separate card reader with USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) or a FireWire interface, especially for those users who require speedy transfers.
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