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Ricoh Caplio GX-200

Jun 24, 2008 at 14:42 GMT

Ricoh has today announced the GX200 digital compact camera. The new model is replacing the GX100 and inherits the old model's 24 to 72 mm (equiv.) lens, manual controls and a removable (optional) tilting electronic viewfinder. Resolution has been increased to 12 megapixels, the screen now measures 2.7 inches and the camera is controlled by the latest version of Ricoh's imaging processor - the Smooth Imaging Engine III. The GX200 will be available in the UK from the beginning of July.

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Press release:

A high-end, 24 mm super-wide-angle, optical zoom, digital compact featuring high resolution 12 megapixel CCD coupled with the latest imaging engine SIE III

Tokyo, Japan June, 24, 2008 Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president and CEO: Shiro Kondo) has announced today the development and release of the GX200. The GX200 is able to reproduce high quality images from edge-to-edge with low noise and natural gradation. This camera succeeds the award winning Caplio GX100 compact digital camera introduced in April 2007.

The GX200 inherits the popular features of the GX100 such as a 24 to 72 mm (35 mm film equivalent focal length) high-performance wide-angle optical zoom lens on a 25 mm thin pocketable compact body, a wide variety of manual shooting functions, and a removable tilting electronic viewfinder. The new GX200 achieves increased resolution via its 12 megapixel CCD and dramatic noise reduction with the addition of the new image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine III.

Already a popular part of the Caplio GX100, the high-resolution wide-angle lens unit has been further configured to enable picture taking at an even higher resolution.

With a large wide-viewing angle 2.7-inch 460,000 dots HVGA LCD and an electronic level function, for horizontal and vertical shooting, the GX200 contains extensive shooting functions to enable camera lovers to enjoy and create stunning photographs.

This model comes in two package types with different accessories. The GX200 package contains: rechargeable lithium ion battery, battery charger, AV cable, USB cable, CD-ROM, strap, and lens cap. The GX200 VF KIT package contains all the above accessories plus the electronic viewfinder.

*The lens focal lengths used in this document are the equivalent focal length for a 35 mm camera.


Main features of the new Ricoh GX200

1. Greater image quality through use of a 12 megapixel CCD, a new image processing engine and continuous RAW mode capture.

2. Large, high-resolution 2.7-inch, 460,000-dots HVGA LCD.

3. Electronic level utilizing an acceleration sensor to help keep the camera body horizontally or vertically level.

4. Extensive shooting functions and high operability.

5. Enhanced image editing functions enable images to be manipulated in the camera.
(1) Image colour tone correction (white balance compensation).

(2) Image brightness and contrast correction (level compensation).

(3) Wide range of creative monochrome possibilities.

6. Additional options further expand possibilities for camera use.

When the tele conversion lens is attached, vignetting will occur when the zoom is not set to full telephoto. *The above two options can also be used on the Caplio GX100.

7. Removable electronic viewfinder can be attached.

List of GX200 Options:

Ricoh code

Description

RRP

TC-1

Teleconverter lens

£99.99

DW-6

19 mm Wide angle lens

£99.99

LC-1

Tri-Lens Cap

£19.99

HA-2

Hood and Adapter set for DW-6 and TC-1

£34.99

VF-1

Electronic Viewfinder

£79.99

SC-45

Soft Leather case

£29.99

ST-2

Ricoh GX Neck strap

£14.99

AC-4c

Mains adaptor

£34.99

CA-1

Cable release

£29.99

*1 The VF-1 LCD view finder is included in „GX200 VF KIT“.
*2 The HA-2 hood and adapter is required when using the wide conversion lens or the tele conversion lens. When the wide conversion lens or the tele conversion lens is attached; the internal flash cannot be used because vignetting may occur.
*3 The ST-1 neck strap for the GX/GX8 cannot be used.

Ricoh Caplio GX200 Specifications

List price (EU)

• GX200 £349.99
• GX200 with electronic viewfinder £399.99

Sensor • 12.1 million effective pixels
• 12.4 million total pixels
• 1/1.7-inch primary-colour CCD
Image stabilization CCD-shift
Image sizes

• 4000×3000 [4:3]
• 3264×2448 [4:3]
• 2592×1944 [4:3]
• 2048×1536 [4:3]
• 1280×960 [4:3]
• 640×480 [4:3]
• 3984×2656 [3:2]
• 2992×2992 [1:1]

  Movie: 640×480
Movie: AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG Format Compliant)
Output formats • JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.21)
• RAW (DNG)
Image processor Smooth Imaging Engine III
Lens • 3x zoom
• Focal length: f=5.1 to 15.3 mm (24 to 72 mm equiv.)
• Step Zoom: 24 mm, 28 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 72 mm)
• Aperture: F2.5 (wide) to F4.4 (telephoto)
• 11 glass elements in 7 groups
Focus modes • Multi AF (CCD method)
• Spot AF (CCD method)
• Manual Focus
• Snap
• Infinity (with focus lock and AF aux. light)
AF assist lamp Yes
Shooting modes • Auto
• Program Shift Mode
• Aperture Priority Mode
• Manual Exposure Mode
• Scene Mode
• My Settings Mode
Scene modes • Movie
• Portrait
• Sports
• Landscape
• Nightscape
• Zoom Macro
• Skew Correct Mode
• Text Mode
Metering • Multi Light Metering (256 segments)
• Centre-weighted
• Spot (TTL-CCD metering, AE lock available)
AE Lock Yes
AE Bracketing +/- 0.3/0.5 EV
Exposure compen.

• +/- 2.0 EV
• 0.3 EV increments

Sensitivity

• AUTO
• AUTO-HI
• ISO64
• 100
• 200
• 400
• 800
• 1600

Shutter speed

180, 120, 60, 30, 15, 8, 4, 2, 1 to 1/2000 sec

Aperture values • F2.5 (wide) to F4.4 (telephoto)
White balance  • Auto
 • Outdoors
 • Cloudy
 • Incandescent Lamp
 • Fluorescent Lamp
 • Manual Settings
 • Detail White balance bracket function
Drive modes

• Single
• CONT
• S-CONT
• M-CONT
• Interval Shooting (shooting interval: 5 sec. to 3 hr., in increments of 5 sec.)

Self-timer Operation time: approx. 10 sec. / 2 sec.
LCD monitor • 2.7 inch Transparent Amorphous Silicon TFT LCD
• approx. 460,000 dots
Flash • Auto
• Red-eye Flash
• Flash On
• Flash Synchro
• Manual Flash
• Flash Off
• Range (wide): Approx. 20 cm to 5.0 m (ISO AUTO)
• Range (tele): Approx. 15 cm to 3.0 m (ISO AUTO)
• Flash Compensation: ±2.0 EV (1/3 EV steps)
Connectivity

• USB 2.0 High-Speed (mini B cable)
• Mass Storage
• Audio Output 1.0Vp-p (75Ω)
• Video OUT

Storage • SD memory card
• SDHC memory card (up to 16 GB)
• Internal Memory (approx. 54 MB)
Power • Rechargeable Battery (DB60) ×1
• AAA Dry Alkaline Battery ×2
• AAA Nickel-Metal Hydride Battery ×2
• AC Adapter (Optional)
Dimensions 111.6 mm (W) × 58.0 mm (H) × 25.0 mm (D) excluding protruding parts
Weight (with battery) Approx. 238 g