Ricoh GX200 Review

Review Date: June 26th 2008
Author: Mark Goldstein

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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Design
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Specifications
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Conclusion

Specifications

CCD:
Effective 12.1 million pixels (total 12.4 million pixels), 1/1.7-inch primary-colour CCD

Lens:
Focal length: f=5.1 to 15.3 mm (35 mm film equivalent focal length 24 to 72 mm. With Step Zoom set, the following fixed focal lengths possible: 24 mm, 28 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 72 mm) Aperture (F value): F2.5 (wide) to F4.4 (telephoto)

Shooting Distance:
Normal shooting: Approx. 30 cm to infinity (wide-angle), approx. 30 cm to infinity (telephoto) (from the front of the lens) / Macro shooting: Approx. 1.0 cm to infinity (wide-angle), approx. 4.0 cm to infinity (telephoto), approx. 1.0 cm to infinity (zoom macro) (from the front of the lens)

Lens Construction:
11 glass elements in 7 groups

Zoom Magnification:
Optical zoom: 3x (35mm film equivalent focal length 24 to 72 mm) Digital zoom: 4x, up to 12x (288 mm equivalent) in combination with optical zoom Auto resize zoom: 6.3x, up to 18.9x (450 mm equivalent) in combination with optical zoom (VGA image)

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

Exposure Adjustment:
Exposure Metering Mode: Multi Light Metering (256 segments) / Centre-weighted / Spot (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. 20 cm to 5.0 m (wide-angle), approx. 15 cm to 3.0 m (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: *2
F (Fine) / N (Normal) / RAW (DNG file format)*3

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: 640×480, 320×240 / Text: 4000×3000, 2048×1536

Recording Media:
SD memory card, SDHC memory card (up to 16 GB), Internal Memory (approx. 54 MB)

Storage Capacity*4 (No. of Pictures) (Internal 54 MB Memory):
Still image: 4000x3000 (RAW: 2 / F: 11 / N: 20), 3984x2656 (RAW: 2 / F: 13 / N: 23)
2992x2992 (RAW: 3 / (F: 15) / N: 27 3264x2448 (N: 30) / 2592x1944 (N: 48)
2048x1536 (N: 74) / 1280x960 (N: 133), 640x480 (N: 497)

Storage Capacity (Time) (Internal 54 MB Memory):
Movie:*5 640x480 / 30 frames/sec. (41 sec.), 640x480 / 15 frames/sec. (1 min. 22 sec.),
320×240 / 30 frames/sec. (1 min. 22 sec.), 320x240 / 15 frames/sec (2 min. 40 sec.)

Recording File Format:
Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.21)DCF*6, 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.)*7, Colour Bracket, B&W (TE), Noise Reduction, Histogram, Grid Guide, Electronic Level, Hot Shoe

Other Major Playback Functions:
Auto Rotate, Grid View, Enlarged View (maximum 16x), Resize

Interface:
USB 2.0 High-Speed (mini B cable), Mass Storage*8 / Audio Output 1.0Vp-p (75) / Video OUT

Video Signal Format:
NTSC /PAL

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:*9
Based on CIPA Standard: DB-60 usage: approx. 350 pictures / AAA alkaline battery usage: approx. 30 pictures*10

Dimensions:
111.6 mm (W) × 58.0 mm (H) × 25.0 mm (D) excluding projecting parts

Weight:
Approx. 208 g (excluding battery, SD memory card, and strap) Accessories: approx. 30 g (battery and strap)

Operating Temperature:
0ºC-40ºC

* 1: The shutter speed upper and lower limits vary depending on the shooting mode and flash mode.
* 2: The picture quality mode that can be set varies depending on the image size.
* 3: A JPEG file in Normal 640 or in Fine/Normal mode with the same size as the RAW file is recorded at the same
time. The DNG file format is a RAW image file format and is the standard format of Adobe Systems.
*4: The estimated number of pictures that can be recorded or the estimated recording time.
*5: The maximum movie length that can be recorded at one time is either 90 minutes or 4 GB.
*6: Compatible with DCF and DPOF. DCF is the abbreviation for “Design rule for Camera File system,” a JEITA
standard. (Full compatibility with other devices is not guaranteed.)
*7: When the flash is set to [Flash Off].
*8: Mass storage mode is supported by Windows Me, 2000, XP, Vista, Mac OS9.0-9.2.2, and Mac SX10.1.2-10.5.2. *9: The number of remaining shots is based on the CIPA standard and may vary depending on usage conditions.
This is for reference only.
*10: Using Panasonic AAA alkaline batteries.


Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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