Ricoh GX-200 is not perfect, but maybe the funnest, most versitile camera.
25 May 2011
Summary: I love this camera. Bought it originally because the Ricoh was one of the cameras recommended for time lapse. In that mode it works great and recently I was teaching my sister how to ride a recumbent bicycle and I set the camera up on my bike to take pictures every 5 seconds. With the camera's inherent wide angle lens and decent 12 mp resolution, I later reviewed about 400 pictures and tossed out all but 6 great photos.
Summary: I have purchased two Ricoh GX200 cameras from Ebay. The first was brand new about 2 years ago. I purchased it to take on a trip to China with my Dad. About two months ago I launched this camera on an experimental high altitude weather balloon and the balloon got caught in high altitude winds (210 Km/hr!!!) and it got out of the 100 mi range of our telemetry unit and tragically, all was lost. I recently replaced it with a well taken care of used GX200 I purchased on Ebay.
Excerpt: I love my GX200, it has one of the nicest user interfaces and control set of any camera I have, or had. The handling and build quality is simply superb. I've had several P&S/compact cameras over the years, including the (IMO over rated) LX series from Pany and this is easily the best I've used. The lens is superb and the results in Raw are stunning for such a small sensor.
Excerpt: When I bought the GX200, it was the finest compact small-sensor camera at its price. It still is except that the Canon S90 has come out since then, and in certain areas excels. The GX200 is great for snapshots except in low light. It is also a great camera for the casual photographer who wants to start learning more photography by doing and studying the results.
Excerpt: The GX200 is a wonderful pocket camera, ideal for daylight travel and street photography, but also suitable for nightscapes and indoor photography with the right accessories. Pros: + Small size without compromising ergonomics. The grip is nicer than most compacts and the button layout is great. + Superb user interface. Very customizable and easy to use. Almost every important control can be changed in an instant. + Fast RAW writings speeds with 5 shot buffer.
Excerpt: Let's get the negatives out of the way first: this would not be my first choice for a low light, high ISO camera. You can read about that just about anywhere. But then - that's the ONLY negative. As for the positives, there are plenty: Build quality is excellent, with a magnesium alloy construction. It feels solid yet light. The design and layout is also great, and it's very comfortable to hold and to operate. The screen is brilliant.
Excerpt: The GX200 is my little travel and street photography camera. It handles very well and the zoom lens is of a very useful range and very sharp with very little distortion. This camera has unique features like electronic level, external electronic viewfinder, Snap focus. It shoots raw in DNG format or JPG or both. I usually do not bother shooting JPG in B&W but this camera has amazing B&W JPG processing engine built-in. Higher ISO B&W look film-like to me.
Excerpt: A distinct improvement from the GX100, with RAW/DNG use now a realistic option, as a consequence of the addition of a RAW buffer. Noise still a problem on higher ISO's and it is disappointing to see little improvement on this front from the GX100. I would have been happier sticking with 10MP and getting lower noise than stepping up to 12MP. The electronic level is a very nice feature for wide angle shots.