Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ LuminousLandscape (27 March’07)
The Ricoh Caplio GX100 (announced 28.03.07) is the successor to the Ricoh Caplio GX8 point-and-shoot digital camera. The camera features 10.01 million effective pixels, 3x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-72mm), Image stabilization, 2.5″ LCD display, and a removable electronic viewfinder. The camera is measuring in at 112 x 58 x 25 mm (4.4 x 2.3 x1.0 in), weighing 220g (7.8oz) and will be available at the end of April 2007 at £399.99 inc vat.
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Ricoh Caplio GX100 Reviews
LuminousLandscape reviews the Ricoh Caplio GX100 and writes;
“the Canon G9 has an edge when it comes to image noise, certainly at higher ISO’s…the lens on the GX100 is a champ. I have never yet seen equal sharpness and resolution from any pocket camera’s optical system. The camera is also generally free most forms of highlight fringing ”
OutbackPhoto reviews the Ricoh Caplio GX100 and writes;
“Very well engineered (shows some unique features and love for detail in terms of usability), 24mm is unique in such a small camera. We personally use more longer focals. Overall really fun to use”
CNETAsia reviews the Ricoh Caplio GX100 and writes;
“In our field test, we found the GX100 superbly easy to use.. we were disappointed to find it was mediocre instead. Although focus was sharp and its colors were pleasantly vibrant, the GX100 had trouble resolving detail in high-contrast scenes due to a weaker-than-average dynamic range.”
TrustedReviews reviews the Ricoh Caplio GX100 and writes;
“Overall performance is excellent, and while image quality isn’t perfect, it’s good enough for most serious hobby photography, and the RAW mode allows for a wide range of picture adjustment. The only real downside to the GX100 is its high price.”
ThinkCamera reviews the Ricoh Caplio GX100 and writes;
“Coupled with an excellent lens, very good white balance control and a wide usable sensitivity range, this makes the Ricoh Caplio GX100 closer to a 21st Century Leica than just another compact. It’s not perfect, of course; the flash has a tendency to try too hard and randomly deliver full power flash when it should be acting as fill-in flash. But when it works, it works well..”
GoodGearGuide reviews the Ricoh Caplio GX100 and writes;
“The noise jumped up sharply as we increased the sensitivity though, and by ISO 400 the pictures became largely unusable… Ricoh’s Caplio GX100 is a high end camera for experienced users. While average photographers may not fully appreciate the wide angle shooting and extremely crisp shots it produces, there is no doubt it’s a great camera if you can afford it.”
LetsGoDigital reviews the Ricoh Caplio GX100 and writes;
“The images at low ISO look very nice. Among other things, because of the excellent objective with image stabilization. There are few annoying lens errors, a fine sharpness, and just little over-exposure. Not an insignificant performance for such a powerful wide-angle. The colour reproduction is fine and the sharpness shortage can be corrected easily in Photoshop.”
CNET.UK reviews the Ricoh Caplio GX100 and writes;
“The controls have been exceptionally well designed. Key buttons (power, auto mode and playback) are highlighted in green. Most others have clear lettering, while advanced dials that may confuse novices are wisely unlabelled. A top-mounted dial provides quick access to manual, scene and movie modes, and a straightforward four-way pad controls the clear text menus.”
ePhotozine reviews the Ricoh Caplio GX100 and writes;
“The noise test gave out standard results in the lower ISO stages with ISO80 and ISO100 showing little or no noise. Sadly, the noise does start to show at ISO200 and ISO400, but doesn’t get really bad until ISO1600, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t bad at ISO800 and the colour of the petals really flourished, but then dropped off again.”
PopPhoto reviews the Ricoh Caplio GX100 and writes;
“The GX100 can capture JPEGs, as well as (three cheers!) simultaneous JPEG and RAW files…The first frame will take about 4 seconds to process, and subsequent frames only get slower. Not the setting for action shots! The GX100 is a highly competent camera that’s easy and fun for both the casual shooter and the serious enthusiast to use. We like it. But we’d like it more if it cost a little less and had less noise at high ISOs.”
PhotographyBlog reviews the Ricoh Caplio GX100 and writes;
“The Ricoh Caplio GX100’s image quality is good. The Ricoh Caplio GX100’s main drawback in terms of image quality is noise, with ISO 400 showing obvious noise and blurring of detail. The noise gets progressively worse as you go from ISO 400 to ISO 800 and finally the completely unusable 1600 setting. The noise at ISO 400 was also clearly evident in a 15×10 inch print.”
PhotoReview.AU reviews the Ricoh Caplio GX100 and writes;
“Photographers who are looking for a capable, full-featured digicam with good performance plus a high degree of user adjustability will find the Caplio GX100 meets many of their needs. It’s a pity Ricoh didn’t use a larger sensor chip and we don’t feel it necessary to compromise performance in pursuit of ever higher sensitivity ratings. That said, however, the GX100 is the nicest camera to take pictures with of the pocketable digicams we’ve tested in the past half-year and would be a good choice for situations where you don’t want to carry a bulky DSLR.”
Ricoh Caplio GX100 Samples
– Ricoh Caplio GX100 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
– Ricoh Caplio GX100 Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital
– Ricoh Caplio GX100 Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
– Ricoh Caplio GX100 Sample Photos @ PopPhoto
– Ricoh Caplio GX100 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
– Ricoh Caplio GX100 Sample Photos @ Ricoh.com
Ricoh Caplio GX100 User Manuals (PDF)
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Ricoh Caplio GX100 Firmware
– Download Ricoh GX100 Firmware Ver. 1.16 (added on 02.08.07)
1. Adjusted the exposure in bright-light shooting with a flash.
2. Modified the following display phenomena.
• If you playback a picture (3:2 or 1:1) enlarged, the location window in the right corner of the LCD may be out of alignment.
• If you assign FOCUS in the Fn button, and set to enable the STEP ZOOM, and if you switch a focus setting to the MF from the other focus settings with the Fn button, it may remain a number of zoom display on the zoom bar in the left of the LCD.
Ricoh Caplio GX100 Press Release
Tokyo – Japan. March 28, 2007 – Ricoh announces the launch of its new Caplio GX100 digital camera. The Caplio GX100 is a superior model that achieves high picture quality thanks to the high-speed F2.5 aperture and high-performance 24 to 72 mm wide zoom lens (35mm ﬁlm equivalent), 10.01 megapixel CCD, and “Smooth Imaging Engine II” packed into a compact body just 25mm thick – a ﬁrst in the digital camera category.
The new Caplio GX100 is the successor to the popular Caplio GX8, launched May 2005. Caplio GX8 was a highly practical superior model featuring comprehensive manual shooting functions and the expandability to allow system upgrades to meet various applications. The Caplio GX100 is a high-performance camera packed with advanced functions including a 24 to 72 mm equivalent high-performance wide zoom lens*1 (Caplio GX8: 28 to 85 mm equivalent) that can be expanded to even ultra-wide-angle shooting equivalent to 19 mm using the optional wide conversion lens*2, being the ﬁrst digital camera to support a removable electronic viewﬁnder (LCD viewﬁnder), and high image quality thanks to the 10.01 megapixel effective CCD (Caplio GX8: 8.24 megapixel) and popular Smooth Imaging Engine II image processing.
Main features of the new Caplio GX100
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