Ricoh Caplio GX200 review

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Ricoh Caplio GX200 review

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.

+ 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. Very important in a camera intended for serious use that is limited by its small-sensor IQ. With RAW it's always possible to squeeze out a bit more.
+ Hot-shoe. A great addition that makes high-ISO quality less important. It's much easier to just use low-ISO indoor and bounce a small flash (e.g. Metz 20 C-2 or Olympus FL36) to get very flattering lighting without any hand shake or subject movement issues.
+ Excellent optical image quality.
+ The best tele macro performance of any small-sensor camera, ever (at 72mm, it's possible to fill the frame with a 2cm wide object).
+ Digital level. Very useful when shooting landscapes.
+ Electronic viewfinder (EVF). Makes shooting in bright daylight easier than with the LCD, and as a bonus tilts 90 degrees up for shots from odd angles or tripod work.
+ System camera. Ricoh makes high quality 19mm and 135mm adapter lenses, a lens hood, and a cable release. Many flash units can be used.

- Noise. The GX200 is probably the noisiest P&S camera in recent years. For best results, lock the camera at ISO 64 and be done with it. Use bounce flash indoors and a mini tripod for ambient light photography or nightscapes.
- Audible noise. AF is not very noisy, but the sound is a bit annoying and feels "cheap". The stabilizer also adds its own rattlesnake-like noise. It best to just turn it off unless shooting handheld under tough ambient light.
- Low frame rate in continues mode. The GX200 can't even shoot 2 fps, while some other Ricoh digicams (CX-series and GXR) manage 4 and 5 fps.
- Slow to change shutter speeds via the ADJ lever. Ricoh should have bound shutter speed (rather than aperture values) to the front wheel.


No problems whatsoever. The GX200 is reliable and dependable.

With that said, when traveling abroad I always take along another pocket camera (Fuji F31) that complements the main weak point of the Ricoh - high ISO photography under dim lighting conditions. This also ensures that if one camera fails, the other can be used as a back up.

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Ricoh Caplio GX200
12 megapixels • 2.7 screen • 24 – 72 mm (3×)
Announced: Jun 24, 2008
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