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Category: Compact Cameras

Ricoh launch Caplio GX8 - Ricoh's Caplio GX8 is an 8-megapixel successor to the Caplio GX. The GX8 combines a 28mm wide-angle zoom digital camera in a sleek and compact aluminum die-cast body, featuring the signature rubber handgrip.

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Ricoh Caplio GX8
Ricoh launch Caplio GX8
In addition to offering fast operation and astounding macro mode capabilities that have long distinguished Ricoh digital cameras, the Caplio GX8 boasts superb flexibility, connecting to a wide array of accessories and instruments, such as wide conversion lens, external shutter release, and even a telescope. With such a plethora of tools on board, the photographic possibilities are limitless.

More Pixels
Equipped with an 8.24-megapixel (effective) CCD in a slim 29 mm package weighing a 205 grams without battery, strap and SD Memory Card. The 8-megapixels is enough resolution for prints up to A3 size, and Ricohs proprietary image processor Smooth Imaging Engine ensures accurate colours, quick response and low noise levels.

Go Wide
A 28mm wide-angle zoom lens ideal for landscapes or street shots complements the 8.24 megapixel CCD. Composed of 9 glass elements in 7 groups this lens is claimed to deliver sharp, clear pictures without distortion or aberration even at wide-angle operations, as well as 12x zoom capability combining a 3x optical zoom with a 4x digital zoom to hone in on even the smallest detail of a distant object.

Lightning fast response time
Boasting the fastest response times the Caplio GX8 is always ready to capture those precious moments where speed is of the essence. The Caplio GX8 takes only 1.3 seconds from start up (with flash off) to taking the first shot. Incorporating a hybrid auto-focus system, the shutter instantly focuses on the object and shoots in 0.10 seconds. Moreover, the Caplio GX8 is ready to take the next shot in 1.7 second intervals (fine mode, resolution 3264 x 2448) until the memory card (high speed SD Memory Card, 10MB/s) is full. In continuous shooting mode, the Caplio GX8 can shoot 16 consecutive images in roughly two seconds with one press of the shutter. This feature could come in handy for checking a golf swing frame by frame, or for creating a slide show of a toddlers precious first steps.

Unmatched expandability
Featuring unrivaled versatility, the Caplio GX8 exceeds the limitations of a regular compact digital camera: it acts more like an advanced single-lens reflex camera, connecting with a vast array of both Ricoh and non-Ricoh brand accessories and instruments. No other compact digital camera offers such a range of opportunities in digital photography.

By attaching a Ricoh optional wide conversion lens (with adapter), the wide-angle capability of the Caplio GX8 further expands to an incredible 22mm. An external USB equipped cable release allows for self-portraits as well as preventing camera shake during long exposures In situations where a flash or strobe unit is required, the interval time between shots can be shortened significantly by using an external strobe mounted to the Caplio GX8s dedicated hot shoe instead of the built-in flash. Furthermore, the Caplio GX8 is compatible with a broad range of external finders, field scopes, microscopes, and even telescopes, for astrophotography.

Naturally, the Caplio GX8 connects directly to a personal computer or a PictBridge* printer with a USB connector, so pictures stored in the Caplio GX8 can be downloaded or printed with the greatest of ease..

1cm Macro!
With greatly enhanced focus precision, a little imagination is all that is needed to take professional-looking macro pictures. The Caplio GX8 automatically measures the closeness, size, and contrast of the object and captures even the tiniest details of an object as small as 18mm x 24 mm to reveal an world of intricate beauty normally unseen by the naked eye. Even with the camera on a tripod, the focus point can be freely shifted within the frame without moving the camera using AF Target Selection. Additionally, the Caplio GX8 is outfitted with a special flash capable of illuminating objects even 15cm away without producing any of the washed out effects present with regular flash.

Creative control
The Caplio GX8s aperture priority and manual exposure modes allow photographers to explore creative possibilities and produce quality images that go beyond pixel resolution. Aperture priority mode allows control of depth of field, very useful for portraiture.
In addition to aperture priority, the Caplio GX8 provides other greatly improved auto exposure functions. For added control, exposure compensation is possible in 1/3EV steps over a range of 2.0EV. Shutter speed can be adjusted manually from a very fast 1/2000 seconds to 30 seconds for night exposures. Moreover, the Caplio GX8 LCD monitor provides live feedback of current exposure levels with a histogram, so the necessary adjustments can be made before taking a shot. In especially difficult lighting, the Auto Bracket function automatically takes three consecutive shots at three different exposure levels so that the best shot can be selected without re-shooting.

Specifications
CCD Effective 8.24 million pixels (8.50 million pixels), 1/1.8-inch primary-color CCD
Lens Focal length 5.8-17.4mm (equivalent to 28-85mm for 35mm film cameras)
Step-zoom intervals 4 steps (28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm)
Aperture f/2.5 (W)- 4.3 (T)
Lens structure 9 glass elements in 7 groups
Optical Zoom 3.0x (up to 12.0x in combination with 4.0xdigital zoom)
Object Distance Approx. 0.3m- (Macro: Approx.0.01m- ,Telemacro: Approx. 0.10m - )
Shutter Still 30,15,8,4,2,1-1/2000 sec. (electronic/mechanical shutter ), During long-term exposure, has noise Elimination function.
Motion 1/30-1/ 2000 sec.(electronic shutter)
Pixels Still 3264 x 2448, 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Text 3264 x 2448, 2048 x 1536
Motion 320 x 240, 160 x 120
Picture Mode Fine, Normal, Non-compression
ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO64, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600
Flash Auto, Red-eye Reduction, On, Slow Synchro, Off
Distance: Approx. 0.2-5.0m (W), 0.15-2.9m (T)
Focus Auto focus, Manual Focus, Fixed Focus (Snap), (includes AF auxiliary light)
Exposure Adjustment TTL-CCD photometric system: Multi (256 segments), Center Weight, Spot
Exposure Compensation Manual compensation (+2.0- -2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps), Auto-bracket (-0.5 EV, 0, +0.5 EV)
White Balance Auto/Fixed (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light, One Push, White Balance bracket)
Recording Media SD Memory Card(32/64/128/256/512MB/1GB), Multi Media Card, Built-in Memory 26MB
Storage Capacity (No of Pictures) (Internal 26MB Memory) Still 1 (3264 x 2448 Non-compression), 8 (3264 x 2448 Fine), 14 (3264 x 2448 Normal), 23 (2592 x 1944 Normal), 36 (2048 x 1536 Normal), 64 (1280 x 960 Normal), 280 (640 x 480 Normal)
Storage Capacity (Time)
(Internal 26MB Memory) Motion 39 seconds (320 x 240), 2 minutes 27 seconds (160 x 120)
Sound 57 minutes 26 seconds
Storage Data Capacity (File Sizes) Still Approx. 15.2MB (3264 x 2448 Non-compression), Approx. 2.83MB (3264 x 2448 Fine), Approx. 1.63MB (3264 x 2448 Normal), Approx. 1.04MB (2592 x 1944 Normal), Approx. 672KB (2048 x 1536 Normal), Approx. 356KB (1280 x 960 Normal), Approx. 83KB (640 x 480 Normal)
Recording Mode Still (Continuous, S-Continuous, M-Continuous), Aperture-Priority/ Manual exposure, Scene (Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Night Scene, Text, High-Sensitivity), Motion, Sound
Recording Format Still JPEG (Exif ver. 2.21) DCF compliant, TIFF (non-compression YUV)
Text TIFF (MMR system ITU-T.6)
Motion AVI (Open DML Mot ion JPEG format compliant)
Sound WAV (Exif ver. 2.21 law)
View Finder Real-image optical zoom finder
LCD Monitor 1.8 inch low temperature polysilicon TFT LCD (approx. 130,000 pixels)
Self Timer 10sec or 2 sec delay
Interval Timer Shooting interval: 5 sec. - 3 hours (5 sec. steps)
PC Interface USB2.0 (Hi-Speed USB), (choice of Ricoh original or mass storage driver*10)
AV Interface Audio Out, Video Out
Video Signal Method NTSC /PAL
Dimensions (W x D x H) 113.6 x 29.0 x 58.0mm (excluding projections)
Weight Body: approx. 205g With AA batteries (included), SD Memory Card, and hand strap (included): approx. 261g
Power Source rechargeable battery (DB-43) x 1, AA battery (alkaline/NiMH rechargeable battery) x 2, AC adaptor (AC-4a)
Shooting Capacity Based on CIPA standard Using DB-43: Approx.400 pictures (normal)
Using AA alkaline batteries: Approx. 80 pictures (normal)*12
Operating Temperature 0 - 40deg


The GX8 will be available at SRP 299.99

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