Ricoh GX200 Review

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Ricoh GX200

Review posted 10/9/2008


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Featuring a super wide-angle high performance 24-72 mm/f2.5 (wide) - f4.4(telephoto) zoom lens with superb optical performance, the GX200 compares favorably to SLR interchangeable lenses. Attaching the unique tilting electronic viewfinder which is linked to the focal distance to zoom and frame your subject, gives you the feel of a SLR or medium format camera. Adding any of the GX200's host of versatile accessories allows you to enter a wider realm of creative photography.

The GX200 achieves sharp images all the way to the picture's edge with natural gradations and coloration even in high-sensitivity shooting situations: that is the power of the SIE III image processor. With thorough noise reduction measures in both its circuit design and algorithms, effectively eliminating
noise without sacrificing resolution or saturation.

A 1/1.7" CCD with 12 megapixels faithfully reproduces the world as seen.
The result is superb images high in resolution and low in noise, with
rich gradation expression from highlight to shadow.


GX200 Features

  • 12-megapixel CCD imager
  • f=5.1 to 15.3mm (35mm film equivalent focal length 24 to 72mm)
  • Macro shooting: Approx. 1.0cm to infinity (wide-angle), approx. 4.0cm to infinity (telephoto)
  • JPEG and RAW still image file formats
  • 2.7" Transparent Amorphous Silicon TFT LCD, approx. 460,000 dots
  • F-aperture: F2.5 (Wide) to F4.4 (telephoto)
  • Auto Shooting Mode, Program Shift Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, Manual Exposure Mode, Scene Mode (Movie, Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Nightscape, Zoom Macro, Skew Correct Mode, Text Mode) My Settings Mode
  • Movie mode w/sound, 640x480 or 320x240 at 30 or 15fps
  • Cont/S-Cont/M-Cont, Self-timer (operation time: approx. 10 sec./2 sec.), Interval Shooting (shooting interval: 5 sec. to 3 hr., in increments of 5 sec.)
  • Multi Light Metering (256 segments), Center-weighted Light Metering, Spot Metering (TTL-CCD metering, AE lock available)
  • Exposure compensation: ±2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • White Balance: Auto, Outdoors, Cloudy, Incandescent Lamp, Fluorescent Lamp, Manual Settings, Detail, White balance bracket function
  • Shutter speeds of 180 seconds to 1/2000 second
  • Time-lapse interval recording
  • Selectable ISO settings from 64 to 1600
  • Standard hot shoe for external flash
  • Rechargeable Battery (DB60)×1, AAA Dry Alkaline Battery×2, AAA Nickel-Metal Hydride Battery×2, AC Adapter (AC-4c Optional) 3.8V
  • USB2.0 (High-Speed USB) Mini-B, Mass Storage, Audio Output 1.0Vp-p (75Ω)/Video OUT
  • 54MB internal memory plus SD/MMC card slot
  • Telephoto/Wide angle conversion lenses
  • External Viewfinder: Ferro-electric polarization-type liquid crystal Equivalent to approx. 201,000 dots
The Ricoh GX200 camera kit has an MSRP of US$599 or US$749 with external viewfinder, and ships with: USB Cable, AV Cable, Rechargeable battery, Battery charger, Hand strap, Lens cap, GX200 software CD-ROM

Optional accessories include:
Rechargeable batteries DB-60
Battery charger BJ-6
AC adapter AC-4c
Electronic Viewfinder VF-1
Wide conversion lens DW-6
Tele conversion lens TC-1
Hood and adapter HA-2
Soft case SC-45
Neck strap ST-2
Cable switch CA-1
Self retaining lens cap LC-1 .


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Ricoh GX200 Specifications

Item Specifications
Number of Effective Pixels (Camera) Approximately 12.1 million pixels
Image Sensor 1/1.7" primary-color CCD (total pixels: approx. 12.4 million)
Lens Focal length f=5.1 to 15.3mm
(35mm film equivalent focal length 24 to 72mm. With Step Zoom set, the following fixed focal lengths possible: 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 72mm)
F-aperture F2.5 (Wide) to F4.4 (telephoto)
Shooting
Distance
Macro shooting: Approx. 1.0cm to infinity (wide-angle), approx. 4.0cm to infinity (telephoto), approx. 1.0cm to infinity (zoom macro) (from the front of the lens)
Lens Construction 11 elements in 7 groups
Zoom Magnification Optical zoom: 3.0 times (35mm film equivalent focal length 24 to 72mm)
Digital zoom: 4.0 times, up to 12 times (288mm equivalent) in combination with optical zoom Auto resize zoom: 6.3 times, up to 18.9 times (450mm equivalent) in combination with optical zoom (VGA image)
Focus Modes Multi AF (CCD method)/Spot AF (CCD method)/Manual Focus/Snap/Infinity (with focus lock and AF aux. light)
Motion Blur Reduction CCD shift method image stabilizer
Shutter Speed Still image 180, 120, 60, 30, 15, 8, 4, 2, 1~1/2000 seconds
Movie 1/30 to 1/2000 seconds
Exposure Adjustment Exposure
Metering Mode
Multi Light Metering (256 segments)/Center-weighted Light Metering/Spot Metering (TTL-CCD metering, AE lock available)
Exposure
Mode
Program AE/Aperture Priority AE/Manual Exposure
Exposure
Compensation
Manual Exposure Compensation (+2.0 to -2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps), Auto Bracket Function (-0.5 EV, ±0, +0.5 EV /-0.3 EV, ±0, +0.3 EV)
ISO Sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) AUTO/AUTO-HI/ISO64/100/200/400/800/1600
White Balance Mode Auto/Outdoors/Cloudy/Incandescent Lamp/Fluorescent Lamp/Manual Settings/Detail, White balance bracket function
Flash Built-in Flash Mode Auto (during low light and when subject is backlit)/Red-eye Flash/Flash On/Flash Synchro/Manual Flash (Full, 1/1.4, 1/2, 1/2.8, 1/4, 1/5.6, 1/8, 1/11, 1/16, 1/22, 1/32)/Flash Off
Built-in Flash Range Approx. 20cm to 5.0m (wide-angle), approx. 15cm to 3.0m (telephoto) (ISO AUTO/ISO 400, from the front of the lens)
Flash Compensation ±2.0 EV (1/3 EV steps)
Picture Display 2.7" Transparent Amorphous Silicon TFT LCD, approx. 460,000 dots
Shooting Mode Auto Shooting Mode/Program Shift Mode/Aperture Priority Mode/Manual Exposure Mode/Scene Mode (Movie/Portrait/Sports/Landscape/ Nightscape/Zoom Macro/Skew Correct Mode/Text Mode)/My Settings Mode
Picture Quality Mode F(Fine)/N (Normal)/RAW (DNG file format)
Number of Recorded Pixels Still image [4:3]4000�3000, 3264�2448, 2592�1944, 2048�1536, 1280�960, 640�480
[3:2] 3984�2656
[1:1] 2992�2992
Movie 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Text 4000 x 3000, 2048 x 1536
Recording Media SD memory card, SDHC memory card (up to 16 GB), Internal Memory (approx. 54 MB)
Storage Capacity/Time (internal memory 54 MB) Still Image 4000�3000 RAW: 2 pictures, F: 11 pictures, N: 20 pictures,
3984�2656 RAW: 2 pictures, F: 13 pictures, N: 23 pictures,
2992�2992 RAW: 3 pictures, F: 15 pictures, N: 27 pictures,
3264�2448 N: 30 pictures, 2592�1944 N: 48 pictures,
2048�1536 N: 74 pictures, 1280�960 N: 133 pictures, 640�480 N: 497 pictures
Movie 640�480 (30 frames/sec.): 41 sec., 640�480 (15 frames/sec.): 1 min. 22 sec.,320�240 (30 frames/sec.): 1 min. 22 sec., 320�240 (15 frames/sec.): 2 min. 40sec.
Recording File Format Still Image JPEG(Exif ver2.21), RAW(DNG)
Movie AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG format compliant)
Other Major Shooting Functions Cont/S-Cont/M-Cont, Self-timer (operation time: approx. 10 sec./2 sec.), Interval Shooting (shooting interval: 5 sec. to 3 hr., in increments of 5 sec.), Color Bracket, B&W (TE), Noise Reduction, Histogram, Grid Guide, Electronic Level, Hot Shoe
Other Major Playback Functions Auto Rotate, Grid View, Enlarged View (maximum 16 times), Resize
Interface USB2.0 (High-Speed USB) Mini-B, Mass Storage, Audio Output 1.0Vp-p (75Ω)/Video OUT
Power Source Rechargeable Battery (DB60)�1, AAA Dry Alkaline Battery�2, AAA Nickel-Metal Hydride Battery�2, AC Adapter (AC-4c Optional) 3.8V
Battery Consumption Based on CIPA Standard DB60 usage: approx. 350 pictures, AAA alkaline battery usage: approx. 30 pictures*10
Dimensions 111.6mm(W)�58.0mm(H)�25.0mm(D) excluding projecting parts
Weight Approx. 208g (excluding battery, SD memory card, and strap) Accessories: approx. 30g (battery and strap)
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)




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