Excerpt: In matter of design, Ricoh Caplio is not much for a camera, but as performance, at the quality-price rapport, it stands out good. There’s no optical viewfinder on the Ricoh Caplio GX100 , but there’s a removable optional electronic viewfinder which might be useful. The user interface is simple, with minimum buttons, therefor, image deletion is not as easy as pressing a key.
Conclusion: 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.
Excerpt: Ricoh, that merry maverick of the camera world, has taken another step in the "luxe compact" category with the Caplio GX100 ($599, exclusively at Adorama), essentially a zoom-lensed version of the Ricoh GR Digital we tested in May 2006, with the added benefit of sensor-based image stabilization. The new camera also jumps to 10MP, from the 8MP of the GR, and it shows in our resolution tests.
Conclusion: You've got to admire Ricoh, one of the oldest names in the photo market, for taking the kind of risks bigger players aren't able - or willing - to take, producing niche products that are designed by people who obviously understand photography and the needs of the serious photographer.
Pros: Excellent resolution, fairly good corner sharpness even at 24mm equiv., Unusual and creatively versatile 24-72mm equiv. zoom range, Low distortion for such a wide lens, Fast F2.5 maximum aperture at wide end of zoom, Dual control dials and customizable interface, Superb user interface for manual controls and overrides, Program shift, Pretty effective Image Stabilization (nowhere near as good as an optical system, however), 19mm lens option, Excellent screen, Generally...
Cons: Noise and noise reduction issues at all sensitivity settings over ISO 80 - ISO 400 and up pretty much unusable for anything beyond a small print, JPEG output a little soft, especially at smaller apertures, Default settings produce rather 'over processed' results, with strong saturation and sharpening, (Very) mild Auto white balance problems, Screen can be hard to see in very bright light, Add on viewfinder isn't great, also not brilliant in bright light, No dedicated ...
Excerpt: Digital camera manufacturers have yet to produce a must-have alternative to an SLR for pros. Compact cameras tend to be almost entirely focused on consumers, emphasising gimmicks and ease of use rather than manual controls and ultimate image quality.
Summary: The thing that’s disappointed us with most high-end compact cameras is the lack of Raw capture for the more demanding user. If you’re spending £350-£400 on a compact – possibly to back up your DSLR – this is an important feature. The Ricoh GX100 has Raw shooting, along with a great wideangle lens and one of the most well-rounded specifications I have seen to date.
Pros: Raw shooting, 24mm wide end on lens, ‘My Settings’ option
Excerpt: We were suitably impressed by Ricoh's recent 8-megapixel GR-D compact camera. Not only did it feature a highly corrected and bright 28mm-equivalent f/2.4 lens, but it was offered with an optional 21mm wide-angle conversion lens as well as a removable optical viewfinder. Since its introduction we've seen both Canon and Nikon answer with rival models, both adding 2 million extra pixels and sporting zoom lenses.