Ricoh Caplio digital camera - Unique features
The Ricoh Caplio GX8 is a different digital camera. Different because of its design and different because of a number of unique features. The Ricoh Caplio GX8 is a digital compact camera with the shortest interval of release ever. It belongs to the cameras with the highest amount of pixels and it certainly is one of a few with the highest ISO setting. Besides that, the camera stands out because of its real wide angle and its remarkable continuous mode. It makes the Ricoh Caplio GX8 a great and astonishing camera, one that you have to like whether you want it or not!
Ricoh Caplio GX8 - Comments
At some points Ricoh drops a few stitches. The recording speed is somewhat slow, which diminishes the super fast response of the camera somewhat. The Ricoh GX8 only features three aperture values; a camera in this class should have had a more enhanced range. ISO range is impressive, however, because of digital noise only a few are functional. The rather strong compression and the enhanced clearness ask for an adjustment of the default settings of the Ricoh Caplio GX8 by softening the clearness for example. On top of it the RAW mode is missing, which partly gets covered by the availability of TIFF, however RAW is more or less a standard nowadays and has more advantages. Something else that could be improved is the set of standard AA batteries that come with the camera. It would look good on Ricoh if they also delivered some sort of Ricoh Caplio GX8 kit, inclusive a powerful Lithium Ion battery and a (quick) charger.
Ricoh GX8 - Performance
The positive performance of the Ricoh Caplio GX8 definitely includes the lens. It is an excellent lens. Not only because of its real wide angle, but also because of its quality. Distortion stays within reasonable limits and purple fringing and corner shading only appear in a rather extreme setting (wide angle with maximum aperture). A stunning achievement of this lens! The ultra short interval of release is a pleasure to work with and it does actually serve you in practice too. I am also very pleased with the user-friendliness of the Ricoh Caplio GX8. The camera has a very quick startup time and everything on the camera is neatly arranged. No superfluous buttons or complicated menus and everything lies within reach. Finally, the camera is nicely compact and housed in a firm and steady body.
Ricoh Caplio GX8 digital camera - Conclusion
Concluding I can say that the Ricoh Caplio GX8 is a beautiful digital camera for the photographer who exactly knows what he wants. A comprehensible camera with a number of interesting features and qualities. The Ricoh Caplio GX8 deserves to be considered as your next camera and it certainly offers sufficient possibilities to achieve beautiful results.
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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.