Ricoh GX100

March 28, 2007 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras | 29 Comments | |

Ricoh GX100The Ricoh GX100 digital camera features a 10.01 megapixel CCD, fast 24-72mm wide zoom lens and a removable electronic view?nder. The new GX100 is the successor to the popular Caplio GX8. The Ricoh GX100‘s hot shoe accepts an electronic view?nder, an external ?ash, or an external view?nder, and the optional hood and adaptor allow use of the 19 mm wide conversion lens or other 43 mm diameter accessories. There’s also a RAW and RAW + JPEG shooting mode. The Ricoh GX100 with electronic view?nder will be available at the end of April 2007 at £399.99 inc vat.

Ricoh Press Release

Tokyo, Japan, March 28, 2007. Ricoh (President and CEO: Masamitsu Sakurai) announces the launch of its new Caplio GX100 digital camera. The Caplio GX100 is a superior model that achieves high picture quality thanks to the high-speed F2.5 aperture and high-performance 24 to 72 mm wide zoom lens (35mm ?lm equivalent), 10.01 megapixel CCD, and “Smooth Imaging Engine II” packed into a compact body just 25mm thick - a ?rst in the digital camera category.

The new Caplio GX100 is the successor to the popular Caplio GX8 (launched May 2005, open priced). Caplio GX8 was a highly practical superior model featuring comprehensive manual shooting functions and the expandability to allow system upgrades to meet various applications. The Caplio GX100 is a high-performance camera packed with advanced functions including (1) a 24 to 72 mm equivalent high-performance wide zoom lens (Caplio GX8: 28 to 85 mm equivalent) that can be expanded to even ultra-wide-angle shooting equivalent to 19 mm using the optional wide conversion lens, (2) being the ?rst digital camera to support a removable electronic view?nder (LCD view?nder), and (3) high image quality thanks to the 10.01 megapixel effective CCD (Caplio GX8: 8.24 megapixel) and popular Smooth Imaging Engine II image processing.

Main features of the new Caplio GX100
1. 24 to 72 mm high-performance wide zoom lens in a compact body.
• The newly developed 24 to 72 mm wide zoom lens (35mm ?lm equivalent) features a generous con?guration of 11 elements in 7 groups, including aspheric surface lenses and high-refractive-index, low-dispersion lenses. This optimal con?guration restricts distortion, chromatic aberration, and light falloff at edges for wide-angle operations while delivering aperture light settings from F2.5(Wide-angle) to F4.4(Telephoto).
• The body size of 25mm is the smallest that can accommodate* a zoom lens of 24 mm or longer, making it easy to carry and enjoy photography anywhere.

*Smallest volume as of 27th March 2007.

• The 7 blade iris aperture enables ?ne tuning and achieves beautiful blurred backgrounds.
• The optional wide conversion lens enables users to shoot 19 mm ultra-wide-angle photography (but note a separate optional hood and adaptor set is required).

2. Removable electronic view?nder.
• This is the ?rst camera to support a tilted and removable electronic view?nder.
• Offers 100% view?nder coverage without parallax and multi information display similar to a LCD monitor.
• Great for photography in bright outdoor environments. Take photographs as though using a conventional ?lm camera.
• The electronic view?nder is included in the „Caplio GX100 VF KIT“.

3. The 10.01 megapixel CCD combined with an advanced image-processing engine achieves high picture quality with low noise.
• The 10.01 megapixel effective CCD combined with the popular unique image-processing engine “Smooth Imaging Engine II” achieves low noise as well as high picture quality precisely reproducing even details.

4. Twin dials and other controls offer wide array of functions such as simple manual operations.
• The Mode Dial on top of the body, the Up-Down Dial at the front of the body, the ADJ lever at the rear of the body and function buttons on the upper part of the body, etc. allow a wide array of manual settings such as aperture-priority AE settings, manual exposure settings, white balance adjustment, and ISO sensitivity selection while holding the camera in one hand.
• Directly select “My Settings” on the Mode Dial to take photos using the arbitrarily allocated settings.
• New features such as the square mode with a 1:1 aspect ratio and the sepia mode further enhance the range of expression.

5. Excellent expandability with a broad range of accessories for both exclusive use and general purpose.
• The Caplio GX100‘s hot shoe accepts an electronic view?nder, an external ?ash, or an external view?nder available on the market.
• The optional hood and adaptor allow use of the 19 mm wide conversion lens or other 43 mm diameter accessories, such as various ?lters available on the market.
• An optional cable switch is also available.
• The Caplio GX100 can meet the diverse needs of professional photographers, high-end amateurs and commercial uses.

6. Wide-view-angle LCD panel.
• A crystal-clear 2.5-inch 230,000 LCD panel with a wide 170° view angle.

7. Powerful macro functions.
• Retaining the conventional popular macro mode that focuses down to 1 cm (on the wide side), the Caplio GX100 permits macro photography using the blur effect down to 4 cm even on the telephoto side.

8. Compatible with three different power sources: high-capacity rechargeable batteries, AAA batteries, and AC adaptor.
• The Caplio GX100 gets approximately 380 exposures with the included high-capacity rechargeable batteries or approximately 35 exposures using AAA dry batteries. The optional AC adaptor, which is convenient for indoor shooting, can also be used as a third power source.

9. Images can be captured in various combinations of resolution and compression. RAW compression and RAW with JPEG can be selected for ultimate quality.
• RAW compression and RAW with JPEG can be selected for ultimate quality.

10. An aspect ratio of 3:2 and 1:1 can be selected.
• Ratio of 3:2 is the same aspect ratio as 35mm and most digital SLR‘s that allows images to be printed in standard sizes without cropping.

11. Vibration Correction function, based on a CCD shift method
• When camera movement from hand shake is detected, the vibration correction system, based on Ricoh’s own CCD shift method, moves the CCD in the opposite direction to make corrective adjustments. This results in the ability to take clear, sharp telephoto shots at high zoom magni?cation, macro shots, and indoor shots without the negative effects of blurring.

*1 The VF-1 LCD view?nder is included in „GX100 VF KIT“.
*2 The HA-2 hood and adapter is required to use the wide conversion lens. While the wide conversion lens is attached, the internal ?ash can‘t be used because vignetting may occur.
*3 The ST-1 neck strap for the Caplio GX/GX8 cannot be used.

List of Caplio GX100 Options
Rechargeable batteries DB-60, Battery charger BJ-6, AC adapter AC-4c, LCD view?nder*1 VF-1, Wide conversion lens*2 DW-6, Hood and adapter HA-2, Soft case SC-45, Neck strap*3 GS-1, Cable switch CA-1

Accessories included
Rechargeable Battery DB-60, Battery Charger BJ-6, Lens Cap, USB Cable, AV Cable, Handstrap, Software CD-Rom, Manual

GX100 with electronic view?nder included will be available at the end of April 2007 at £399.99 inc vat.

Ricoh Caplio GX100 – Major Speci?cations

Effective 10.01 million pixels (total 10.30 million pixels ), 1/1.75-inch primary-colour CCD

Focal length f=5.1 to 15.3 mm (equivalent to 24 to 72 mm for 35 mm ? lm cameras)
Aperture (F value): F 2.5 - F9.1 (Wide-angle) , F4.4 - F15.8 (Telephoto)
Lens structure 11 glass elements in 7 groups

Vibration Correction Function:
CCD shift method

Digital Zoom:

Object Distance:
Approx. 0.3 m -? (wide and telephoto)

Macro Object Distance:
Approx. 0.01 m -? (wide), approx. 0.04 m -? (telephoto) Approx. 0.01 m - ? (Zoom macro mode)

Shutter Speed:
Still image: 180, 120, 60, 30, 15, 8, 4, 2, 1 to 1/2000 sec. / Movie: 1/30 - 1/2000 sec.

Still image: 3648x2736, 3648x2432, 2736x2736, 3264x2448, 2592x1944, 2048x1536, 1280x960, 640x480 / Text: 3648x2736, 2048x1536 / Movie: 640x480, 320x240

Picture mode *1:
F (Fine) / N (Normal) / RAW *2

ISO Sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity):
AUTO, AUTO-HI, ISO80 / ISO100 / ISO200 / ISO400 / ISO800 / ISO1600

Flash Off / Auto / Red-eye Flash / Flash On / Flash Synchro / Soft Flash Flash Range*3: Approx. 0.2 - 5.0 m (wide-angle) / 0.15 - 3.0 m (telephoto)

Auto Focus, Manual Focus, Snap, ?

Exposure Adjustment:
TTL-CCD Metering Method: Multi (256 segments) / Centre-weighted / Spot Metering

Exposure Compensation:
Manual exposure Compensation +/-2.0EV (1/3EV Steps)
Auto Bracket Function (-0.3 EV, ±0, +0.3EV / -0.5EV,±0,+0.5EV)

White Balance:
Auto, Fixed (OUTDOORS, CLOUDY, INCAND., FLUORES., MANUAL) / White Balance Bracket

Memory Type:
SD Memory Card ( 32, 64, 128, 256, 512 MB, 1, 2 GB), SDHC Memory Card (4 GB), Multi Media Card, Internal Memory (26 MB)

Storage Capacity*4 (No. of Pictures) (on internal 26 MB Memory): Still image: 3648x2736 (RAW: 1 / F: 6 / N:11), 3648x2432 (RAW: 1 / F:7 / N: 13) 2736x2736 (F: 8) / 3264x2448 (N: 14) / 2592x1944 (N: 22) / 2048x1536 (N: 35) / 1280x960 (N: 62), 640x480 (N: 276)

Storage Capacity (Time) (Internal 26 MB Memory):
Movie: 640x480 / 30 frames/sec. (12 sec.), 640x480 / 15 frames/sec. (24 sec.), 320×240 / 30 frames/sec. (39 sec.), 320x240 / 15 frames/sec*5 (1 min. 16 sec.)

Storage Data Capacity:
Still image: 3648x2736 (RAW: 14.4 MB/Screen F: 3.61 MB/Screen / N: 2.07 MB/Screen) 3648x2432 (RAW: 12.8 MB/Screen F: 3.21 MB/Screen / N: 1.85 MB/Screen) 2736x2736 (F: 2.71 MB/Screen), 3264x2448 (N: 1.67 MB/Screen) 2592x1944 (N: 1.06 MB/Screen) 2048x1536 (N: 672 KB/Screen) 1280x960 (N: 356 KB/Screen), 640x480 (N: 83KB/Screen) / (Sizes are approximate.)

Recording Modes:
Still image modes (Still Image / CONT. / S-CONT / M-CONT /), Program Shift / Aperture-Priority / Manual Exposure modes / Scene modes (Portrait / Sports / Landscape / Nightscape /Skew correction / Text / Zoom macro / High Sensitivity), Movie mode / My Setting1 & 2

Recording Format:
Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.21)DCF*6, RAW (DNG) *7
Movie: AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG Format Compliant) / Sound: WAV (Exif Ver. 2.21? law)

LCD Monitor Display:
2.5-inch Transparent Amorphous Silicon TFT LCD (approx. 230,000 pixels)

Operation time: approx. 10 sec./ approx. 2 sec.

Interval Timer:
Shooting interval: 5 sec. to 3 hours (5 sec. steps)*8
PC Interface:
USB2.0 High-Speed ( mini B cable ), Choice of Ricoh original or Mass Storage driver*9

AV Interface:
Audio Out, Video Out

Video Signal Format:

External Dimensions:
111.6 mm (W) x 58.0 mm (H) x 25.0 mm (D) (excluding projections parts)

Approx. 220 g (excluding batteries, Memory Card, strap), Accessories: approx. 30 g (battery, strap)

Rechargeable battery DB-60 x1 / optional AC adaptor AC-4c / AAA battery (alkaline/oxyride/NiMH) x2
Shooting Capacity:*10
Conforms to CIPA standard: using the DB-60, approx. 380 pictures (Using AAA alkaline batteries: approx. 35 pictures *11)

Operating Temperature Range:

*1: Settable picture modes depend on image size.
*2: Simultaneous recording with same size Fine/Normal modes or Normal 640 mode JPEG image
*3: When the ?ash range is set for ISO AUTO or ISO 400
*4: Estimated number of still images it is possible to record
*5: Max. recording time of 184 min. 57 sec. with 4GB SD Memory Card.
*6: Conforms to DCF, compatible with DPOF. DCF is the abbreviation for the JEITA Design Rules for
Camera Files System. (It does not guarantee perfect inter-camera compatibility.)
*7: The DNG ?le format is a raw image ?le format. It is a standard ?le format of Adobe Systems Inc.
*8: With ?ash OFF.
*9: Mass Storage driver is compatible with Windows Me/2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS9.0-9.2.2, and, Mac
OSX10.1.2-10.4.8. It is not compatible with Windows 98SE or Mac OS 8.6.
*10: Battery performance measured under conditions conforming to CIPA standards. These values are
guidelines only. The actual performance may vary according to usage conditions and the battery
*11: With AAA alkaline batteries manufactured by Matsushita Battery Industrial Co., Ltd. (under the logo of

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#1 Chema

Yessss 24mm (135 eq)

wide angle compact cameras are becoming so rare!

Lets hope the images are better than the GX8! On paper it looks just what a lot of us where waiting for.

12:08 pm - Wednesday, March 28, 2007

#2 Toven

yea, if 100 like GX8, then things look bad...

2:42 pm - Wednesday, March 28, 2007

#3 Camry

>Max. recording time of 184 min. 57 sec. with 4GB SD Memory Card.
!!!!! GOOOD.

2:48 pm - Wednesday, March 28, 2007

#4 AA

Who makes the sensor? Panasonic? It is Panasonic, isn't it?

4:40 pm - Wednesday, March 28, 2007

#5 AA

Well I guess nobody knows then, eh?

4:55 am - Thursday, March 29, 2007

#6 arvid

I don´t know why someone should compare it to the flimsy gw8 when It´s based on the exelent GR Digital?

Couldn´t they make it a quality 6 mpxl instead of following the crappy market/consumer race with even more pixels crammed into a shitty small minisensor.

But anohow. If it outperforms the Previous GRD and keeps on par in handling and dynamic range,
I´ll still consider it.

Given though it dosen´t cost more than a defenitly better DSLR..
So I think I´ll wait a couple om years until a decent compact cam comes out.

Or perhaps the promising new Sigma DP1.

9:08 pm - Thursday, March 29, 2007

#7 Jose

"I don´t know why someone should compare it to the flimsy gw8 when It´s based on the exelent GR Digital?"


no, it's based on the flimsy gw8. And I find it a lot more unusual to compare it to the Sigma DP1, a fixed focal with aps size sensor a lot more expensive.

12:32 pm - Friday, March 30, 2007

#8 David Ourisman

The GX-100 looks like a very interesting camera. My partner is looking for something small and lightweight to replace her current digital camera. She had been considering a Samsung, but this is one she should definitely consider.

10:46 pm - Saturday, April 7, 2007

#9 arvid

Wich part is base on the GX/GX8?
The flimsy part I was talking about was mainly the housing. and the GX100 Is shurley more like the GR-Digital than the former GX

11:27 am - Sunday, April 8, 2007

#10 arvid

If you base it solely on the sentence "The new GX100 is the successor to the popular Caplio GX8"

I think thats wrong, it sureley has more similarities with the GR-D as far as external design goes..

11:36 am - Sunday, April 8, 2007

#11 nomen

What do you know about a price???

9:00 pm - Monday, April 23, 2007

#12 arvid

In Sweden the Eqv. of 550 euros.

2:19 pm - Tuesday, April 24, 2007

#13 nomen found GX8 in internet shop in Poland. It is cost 635 Eur, but a general distributor of Ricoh (on Poland) can not tell me a ofical cost. Hmmm.

8:05 pm - Tuesday, April 24, 2007

#14 arvid

Well 635 for a GX8 thats a total fuckn´ripoff.
Seriously, to begin with the camera is a real piece of sh*t and it retails for around 300 Euros in sweden. when it still remains in some old storages.

Avoid it.
Crappy imagequality and real shitty feel.
Buy a Canon PowerShot A640 instead.
A 3:rd of the cost and so much nicer in every aspect.
A little bigger but thats a small price to pay for a excellent camera witch will give you great pic´s and handle like a dream.

11:55 pm - Wednesday, April 25, 2007

#15 nomen

UPS! My mistake! :) 650 Euro it is price a GX100, sorry :) GX8 cost about 418 Euro.

... and my favorit is a canon G7 for excellent made, great movies and nice pictures. But I do not know why canon resign from a benefit lens 2.0 and raw format. G7 has excellent adapters ;)


1:39 pm - Thursday, April 26, 2007

#16 arvid

Well, I think that 418 Euros is a real ripoff to.

The G7 is so much more camera for the money.

9:59 am - Friday, April 27, 2007

#17 oinker

arvid is an asshole, he hasn't seen or handled the gx100 because if he had he would know what a superior camera it is. he has bought the g7 and realizes what a big mistake he made when he should have got the ricoh. sucker!

9:00 am - Saturday, May 5, 2007

#18 arvid

Well #### you Oinker!
Don´t turn this in to something personal.

I don´t own any Canons at all at the time.
(Except from my late 60´s Dial)

I have previously owned a Canon A95
And more recently tried other peoples A630 and A640.
Since the technical part in G7 is almost the same but with superior handling and feel
I think it would be a top preformer among compacts. And in a other league then the Whole Caplio line.

I own a Ricoh GR digital;
Love the feel and handling, but the imagequality is quite poor, never the less I have tried using a Ricoh Caplio GX8 and also the earlier GX

And it´s not worth the money in any aspect.
Poor pic quality, crappy plastic feel.
Slow handling exept shutterlag.
And also quite noisy.

The GR digital is almost the same but with a little betterhandling and pic quality and a far superior feel.

I also own a D50 and have previously tried working with D70, D70s, 20D, 350D, D2X, among with my aprox 20 different analog cameras.

If you like the look and handling of the GX100 buy it, if you prefer good quality pictures buy something else.

4:26 pm - Monday, May 14, 2007

#19 Fluffthecat

I been using the GX100 for three days, it's top quality from ISO 80-200. Great A3 prints from the 24mm lens. Had images accepted at Fotalia picture library which shows that it holds up well to scrutiny. Great compact size and tons of manual control. Top marks from me.

3:42 pm - Tuesday, June 5, 2007

#20 arvid

What cameras have you used before compared to the GX100?

12:29 pm - Sunday, June 10, 2007

#21 arvid

Does Fotolia have any specific qualityrequirements you have to meet to post?

Tried te read their Faq, but it was hosted as a separate free blog and wasn´t available at the moment.

12:39 pm - Sunday, June 10, 2007

#22 Paulo

"If you like the look and handling of the GX100 buy it, if you prefer good quality pictures buy something else."

Dear Arvid, is your opinion based on actually using the GX100, or is it based on air? You see, I prefer to base my opinions on actual experience, so here it goes:

Canon G7: used it for 6 months. A good camera, but the lack of RAW was not for me. I don't like the camera to make and bake the JPGs for me.

GX100: intuitive twin dial controls, just like professional SLRs (I control the GX100 just like I control my EOS 1V). Top quality lens, for a compact camera. And RAW files that I can convert to 16 bit TIF; this in turn allows much more tonal control and much less posterization for the discerning photographer.

You can see some GX100 photos from my "Cyclone Gonu" portfolio in my website (linked above).


12:00 pm - Monday, June 11, 2007

#23 Paulo

Ok, here is the link:

12:02 pm - Monday, June 11, 2007

#24 arvid

Dear Paulo!
My opinion is based on the GX, GX8 and the GR wich i now used when my D50 is to heavy to take with me.

I really like the GR contrary to the Gx /GX8
Wich felt like crap.

Although the picturequality is quite poor.
For B/W Photos I like its grainy high ISO feel. But for colorprints anything less then 64 ISO pictures in well lit enviroments don´t hold up to my quality needs.

To date their is no camera with a small sensor that comes near the dynamic range of a "APS" or full framed one.

Of the ones I tried the canon is by far the best.
Ricoh sadly wihle well built barely make it to the top five.

THis is just my opinion based on expirience and also some advice from other photographers.

If you think the GX100 stands up to your requirements go ahead and buy it.
Its truly a pleasure to handle.

But in no way it can compete with a larger sensor, to bad.

1:06 pm - Monday, June 11, 2007

#25 JohnG

OK, I was seduced by the Ricoh GX100. I too needed something as a carry around instead of my DSLR. The image quality 'out of the box' reminds me of a Casio I bought (and quickly returned) a year ago. My wife's Canon Ixus 700 gets me running from shame when we compare! Yes, I'm sure if you shoot RAW and spend time on each shot, run the TIFFS through NI or Ninja, you can extract something decent. I'm willing to do that for any stock submissions, but not for my personal 'snaps'. IMO, the in box JPEG engine is not too good. I do like the build quality and ergonomics, although I still feel the GRD wins there. My advice to anybody considering this camera is to take some shots at the shop on your memory cards and take the home BEFORE buying.

12:11 pm - Tuesday, June 12, 2007

#26 Arvid

I totaly agree with you.
If someone feels the pic quality stand up to their needs bouy it.
It´s a awesome camera to handle.

Is the RAW processing as slow as in the GR-Digital?

3:14 pm - Tuesday, June 12, 2007

#27 JohnG

RAW write speeds I found varied with the card. On a lexar 40x card, the green 'write' led flashed 12 times (around 6 seconds), a Sandisk ExtremeIII (both 1Gig), 8 times (around 4 seconds). Quite tolerable really, but I can't compare with a GRD. Still, not as good as it should / could be, but not too bad. Max JPGs were less than 1 second. The cards clearly make a difference though. My retailer has very kindly agreed to take my GX100 back in exchange.

3:50 pm - Tuesday, June 12, 2007

#28 Geza (aka Wilsing)

I stumbled upon this blog inadvertently. Looking through thw comments I am amazed at how much hot air is being branded about seemingly based on technical spec rather than actual experience.

I own a GX100 for almost a year now and - in my view - its a fantastic camera.

I will ask only that you visit this 'site' look at the proof for yourself and then decide.

I own a Nikon D80 with a variety of quality lenses. On several instances when using both (particularly closeup shots) the GX100 came out better.

I can think of only one limitation, the zoom range is rather restricted.

BTW as to the robustness of it. The other day foolishly I managed to drop it from about 80 cm. It hit my shoe first than the pavement. There is no scratch and it works perfectly.

I would be very sad if it did not.

3:11 am - Wednesday, June 4, 2008

#29 Philg

Have just bought the GX100 and have found the Raw photo`s are poor even after post production. Looks a bit smudged when photograph includes the sky,maybe a dirty sensor out of the box?
Anyone have any ideas?

6:22 am - Thursday, January 22, 2009