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Ricoh Caplio GX8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the value for money and lens are generally positive. The usability and performance also get good feedback. The shutter and screen get negative opinions, while there are some mixed views about the manual image adjustments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Ricoh Caplio GX8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Ricoh Caplio GX8 Review


On paper at least the Ricoh Caplio GX8 looks like a very tempting prospect.The Ricoh GX8 is an 8 megapixel compact digital camera with a wide-angle 28-85mm lens, full creative control with Aperture Priority and Manual Exposure modes, minimal shutter...

The Ricoh Caplio GX8 is a frustrating camera. It's one of the most usable, intuitive and well-designed digital cameras that I have ever reviewed. At the same time, however, the images that it produces are some of the worst that I have ever seen. Large...

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio GX8 (Matthew888, 27 Jan 08)


Ricoh Caplio GX. No slot for the original GX so I am putting this here. My first digital camera. The feature set seemed fantastic and the performance on focus and shutter lag was better than anything else at the time. My favourite features of the...

Not usable at ISO above 400. Noise can be an issue for this camera ; Flash for macro is unreliable (so I just use external) ; Internal flash takes too long to cycle ; I would upgrade to the GX 100 but I am hoping Ricoh will bring out a model with an ;...

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio GX8 (Franz Fuchs, 18 May 07)


Ich besitze die GX8 seit Dez. 2005 und bin davon ganz begeistert. Es dauerte anfangs einige Zeit, bis ich mit den vielen Einstellmöglichkeiten zurecht kam. Vor allem störte mich das Bilderrauschen bei schwachen Lichtverhältnissen im höheren ISO Bereich...


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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio GX8 (Prognathous, 8 May 07)


Altogether - a great camera. Construction - feels great in the hand, but the plastic tripod thread should have been metal. Features - no other pocket camera in existence offers a 28mm wide angle lens, a built-in optical viewfinder and a flash...

Nothing major so far. I would be happy if the Sharpness=Soft setting would mean Sharpness=Off, but the camera does apply some level of sharpening even in this setting

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio GX8 (will foreman, 1 Apr 07)


I have been using my GX8 for over a year now, and to be honest have had lots of fun with it and still do. The 1600 ISO setting is largely useless for "normal" photography but absolutely brilliant for weird effects, especially night shots. Have noticed...

When are Ricoh going to give us a really useful update? Why can't we have B/W? The grey scale is already there in text mode anyway, just processed out...ever had an RR30? Manual aperture settings don't make enough difference to depth-of-field. Video...

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio GX8 (chris_dillon, 7 May 06)


I have been using the GX8 for 11 months now and I am impressed with the quality and features this little box has to offer. Apart from being very fast to boot and get a good photo in an instant, the manual options for such a small camera are fantastic....

The flash bounces off the addon lens creating shadow on the subject. You can use the shoe flash to get around this ; Software it comes with sucks ; Just download Picasa2 from Google it works great ; Tripod is required in low light to stop blurring

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio GX8 (etagimbo, 14 Feb 06)


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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio GX8 (duluxstar, 1 Jan 06)


I am extremely disappointed with the quality of small CCD and I will never trust 1/1.8 with resolution over 6M. sometimes you can not torlerate noise even on ISO100. I bought Fujifilm 9500 with 9M pixs and I have sold it because the noise at low light...

Really bad quality of pics

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio GX8 (Bryxon, 4 Oct 05)


I'm using this camera for some time, it is not my first one but the previous was quite as a toy for todays standards (Mustek GsmartII 1,3mpix)... so here is my opinion: Advantages: - very fast start (the most important one for me) - good grip and...

safety ring around lenses - that enables acces to thread for extra covers/wide lenses - seems to be self-unscrewing sometimes. I am afraid to lose it - but I am not able to screw it harder with fingers

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Owners Opinion: Ricoh Caplio GX8 (Neulander, 25 Aug 05)


I bought this camera via internet and my decision to buy it was completely based on the specifications and features. It's probably the first compact 8mp camera in the market with SD card storage. Now after few weeks of intense use i could say that i'm...

During summer trip i've made over 400 pictures and some of them are below my expectations. There are my main problems ; 1) images are too dark (levels diagram in PS reflects that. But i haven't try to print them yet, it might be that its ok for...

Product Specifications

It has arrived. A compact digital camera with the power to capture the essence of beauty. The power to bring your vision alive. The Caplio GX8 with 8.24 effective megapixels. Stunning image quality. Vivid colors and deep gradation. For the love of photography. The Caplio GX8's advanced technology for stunningly vivid photography fits inside a remarkably compact body. The CCD, the camera's core imaging unit, is 8.24 effective megapixels. And Ricoh's superior Smooth Imaging Engine image processing system achieves high-speed processing of high-resolution images while suppressing image noise. Even in large-sized prints, images are vivid and beautifully clean and sharp. Bring your creative vision alive in landscapes and portraits with Aperture Priority mode. With precise control over depth of field, you can put beautifully focused attention on a foreground subject, or maintain sharp focus throughout the scene. Also, the Caplio GX8 gives you control over the shutter speed, which ranges in Manual Exposure mode from 1/2000 to 30 seconds. Approach scenes with extreme difference in brightness between your subject and the background like a pro. The Caplio GX8 lets you avoid over- or underexposure by making EV adjustments in 1/3 steps within a range of

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Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Low light / Night scene / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Text


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Ricoh Caplio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.5-4.3
Max Focal Length:17.4mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8.2Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical