Excerpt: Ricoh has joined the megapixel race across its line of advanced compacts, and here's the upgrade of the GX series of wide zooms, the GX200 ($495, direct, camera only; $597 with VF-1 viewfinder). The new rig gets a boost to 12MP, up from the 10MP of its predecessor, the GX100, plus an assortment of tweaks and tuneups.
Conclusion: It appears to be the case that smaller, more manually controlled and capable compacts favouring 35mm and rangefinder stylings are becoming more and more popular across the market and although Ricoh may not initially be a brand that springs to mind when camera shopping, if the GX200 is anything to go by, there is certainly no reason why it shouldn’t be.
Excerpt: Physical Views The GX200 compared to a standard CD disc. Continue on to Features & Controls Ricoh GX200 Specifications Item Specifications Number of Effective Pixels (Camera) Approximately 12.1 million pixels Image Sensor 1/1.7" primary-color CCD (total pixels: approx. 12.4 million) Lens Focal length f=5.1 to 15.3mm (35mm film equivalent focal length 24 to 72mm.
Summary: This camera has a lot going for it. It feels like it has been made by serious photographers for serious photographers. The electronic viewfinder is a useful accessory. And for anyone content to stick with ISO speeds under 100 it produces good images, well exposed and with very good white balance and lovely skin tones.
Pros: The wide angle lens is ideal for travellers. Distortion is reasonably well controlled and there is a Distortion Correction function that almost, but not quite, eliminates barrel distortion. The RAW recording ability should be a plus but we found that the JPEG output was almost as good.
Cons: This camera suffers from extreme image noise. Even with noise reduction turned on full-time we couldn’t get the graininess under control, except at speeds below ISO100. Unfortunately the shadow noise coagulates into ugly black clumps.
Summary: : More and more it seems like you have to buy a Digital SLR in order to get manual controls - not so with the Ricoh GX200 - it features full manual controls and more customisable buttons than most Digital SLRs! With this camera you can have all the great Digital SLR features, without the size, with the GX200 neatly fitting into coat pockets.
Pros: Good image quality, Image stabilisation sensor, Excellent 2.7" screen - very good resolution, Robust, compact metal body, Good battery life, Excellent macro mode, 1:1 Aspect ratio (Square format) available, Electronic level, Numerous customisable quick access adjust / function buttons, Three "MY" custom modes on the dial, Full manual controls
Cons: Auto closing lens cap an optional extra (and not standard)., Zoom control a little small., A lot of noise at ISO400 and above., Electronic viewfinder quite small especially if you wear glasses.
Excerpt: There are few compact cameras that deserve to be tucked in your dSLR kit but the new Ricoh GX200, with its removable electronic viewfinder, could just be the one. Ricoh has taken all the elements that photojournalists love ” a slick 24-72mm lens, compact size and full manual control ” to make a camera that is a delight to hold and use.
Summary: As a portable alternative to a dSLR, the GX200 is an incredibly competent camera for serious photographers. Some noise and styling issues aside, Ricoh has clearly put an incredible amount of thought into this little package.
Pros: Fast lens and pleasing apertures, Great LCD screen, Quirky and useful viewfinder attachment
Cons: Love it or hate it styling, Noise above ISO 400 is very noticeable