Heads up - New boxed Ricoh Caplio 500G on Ebay
Caplio 500G have same lens and ccd as GX8 and 500SE.
This 500SE is not working. To me it looks like the zoom have got stuck at 28mm, probably after having been dropped. Get the zoom replaced would cost 199 euro and that includes shipping cost back again. Might be a nice camera for someone willy to renovate it.
Not long ago I sent one of my own 500SE in for a new zoom to since start the renovation of it.
The thread about my own little project. http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3339650
Seems to be in nice condition. Same Gps which I've for my own 500SE and it works quite well as long as one is outside.
A 500SE with GPS and a G700 in an other auction.
Inexpensive and the reason is that the lcd screen not works as it should. Just white when the camera is turned on. Probably some electronic problem and I'm not quite sure that replace the lcd screen only would solve the problem. Might be more complicated than that.
The seller said that the camera still was able to capture pictures when I asked about that. Weird he didn't publish the answer in the auction. I got the answer by mail.
May certainly be hard to change settings with a lcd screen which is constant white when turned on.
Seems like it is in great condition. The 300G is based on the Ricoh Caplio RR30 which was a popular camera in its day.
You better ask the seller to find out if the sensor still is working well in this one or not as that 3mp ccd can be very problematic.
The Ricoh Convar service can still replace that sensor if the following link is included in the RMA as well as sample images on a memory card which to prove that the problem really is there.
At least for me the problems I had with my 400G wide almost only occurred in bright daylight, sunshine and when it was warm and inside, in their labtests the problem didn't show up there.
I've had a 300G but that was for like two years ago. The lowest iso in the menu is 200. To get get down to iso 125 which is the lowest for this one as well as the 400G wide, set the Iso to Auto. Then the camera tries to stay in the range of 125- to approximately 150 or 200.
Seems to be quite well used. The 400G as well as the predecessor, the 300G both used same 3mp sensor which can be quite troublesome. At least I might guess that this 400G wide have taken many pictures so there is the chance that the sensor already is not in a very good condition.
In warm or birght daylight it should be visible however it suffer from the sensor-problem or not.
Ricoh can still replace it for free except for the cost to send it in to service but needs to find affected images on the memory card to fully understand that the problem exists. That's because the problem does usually not show up in their indoors-tests which probably not have tricky light conditions and not too warm air.
Not a Ricoh this time. But a Minolta Dimage EX 1500 Zoom
And a small guide to the Dimage EX http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/thread/2844254
This Ricoh Caplio 500G seems to be in very good condition.
Sounds like a very reasonable price considering that the GPS is included, same as I have (there is two, one smaller). You better ask the seller if he still have that removable-door whcih shall be plugged into the small hole which is left when the GPS not is being used.
Had a look at the pictures below in that auction. At least the zoom is not stuck in out position which seems to be the usual fault with this camera if it have been dropped too badly.
"I am not sure of the exact fault as we do not have the specific battery to test it with."
So it might be a find but also waste of money to gamble on buying this one. In known working condition these usually go for far more.
Seems to be an ok price considering the condition which not is too bad.
This camera and the 500SE are almost superior compared to newer rugged and waterproof cameras except for bad video mode and the somewhat bulky body. While there is no real image stabilisation in this one at least it have aperture 2.5 at the wide end which noticeably better than the norm which usually is 3.3 and more common 3.5 or or 3.9
This is also if not the last so at least one of the last old school Ricohs in terms of jpeg-look with belonging low NR whcih other better known models used, like the GRDI Caplio R3 and also GX8 which the 500G and 500SE very much is based on.
Something as rare a Black Ricoh Caplio RR30. Almost everyone else of these have silverfront and black on the back of it. I'm not going for this one myself but hope that someone else in this forum might get it http://www.ebay.de/itm/Ricoh-Caplio-RR30-3-2-MP-Digitalkamera-/181190271696?pt=DE_Foto_Camcorder_Digitalkameras&hash=item2a2fc822d0
Not sure how well priced this one is. But anyway it should be better than the Ricoh PX http://ebay.co.uk/itm/RICOH-G600-Camera-/281147988955?pt=UK_CamerasPhoto_DigitalCameras_DigitalCameras_JN&hash=item4175b9dbdb