Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Ricoh Caplio GX Review

Personally I find it a missed opportunity that this Ricoh camera isn't developed just a little bit more. The restriction of freedom on the aperture priority and opposite that the freedom of shutter speed priority is rather contradictory. The ISO range of 64 – 1600 ISO seems attractive, however the amount of noise limits the use of the high ISO value. The JPEG compression seems very strong in Fine and desirable is an extra compression with a 1:2 compression. The multi media experience could be more intense with an upgraded resolution from 320x240 pixels to 640x480 pixels, which nowadays is not an exception but almost a standard. The Caplio GX seems to have more potential at which the design of the camera implicates we're dealing with a complete digital camera. The Caplio GX however is more like a combination between entry-level and serious 'photographic' camera, a digital camera with semi-professional features. A somewhat classic design, placing of a hot shoe, the high quality lens, enhancement of wide angle by means of a converter, an innovative focus method with a very fast shutter responding time are ingredients that ask for more. The camera is standard delivered with two alkaline batteries, but to be honest, the lack of a rechargeable Li-Ion battery with matching charger is a disappointment.

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