First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Ricoh Caplio GX8
- Detailed macro mode, interesting picture quality settings
- Poor quality LCD, difficult software
Ricoh has come up with a groundbreaking compact camera that we're sure will have many of you reaching for your chequebooks. It's not pretty or fun, but it's excellent value. Bear in mind that you'll need a capacious SD card.
Price$ 799.00 (AUD)
Buy now (Selling at 3 stores)
The main reason you'll want to get your hands on the Caplio GX8 is the number of pixels it packs--8.2 megapixels for just $799!
However, while the GX8 does what it says on the packaging, the execution is pedestrian. It has a rough exterior and black plastic buttons, and onscreen navigation is a bit backward. Rather than specifying the megapixel level you want, you select, say, NC3244, which equates to the excellent uncompressed 3224 x 2448 TIFF image setting. This shouldn't be confused with the F3264 setting, which takes shots as a less impressive, compressed JPEG image.
The powerful macro mode locks in on a subject as little as a centimetre away, so you can capture really fine detail. However, the LCD screen is small (1.8"), dark and not that hot at previewing colours accurately.
The GX8 powers up in less than a second and the continuous shooting mode is very fast--up to 16 shots in two seconds. In regular shooting mode, Ricoh claims a shot delay of less than 1.7 seconds and a shutter delay of 0.1 seconds. We weren't convinced by the scene mode, which optimises shots according to the lighting conditions you've specified, but you can program in your own settings.
The GX8 comes with only 26MB of internal memory, and it supports expansion using SD or MMC flash memory. It has a hot shoe, with which you can attach an external flash to use instead of using the inbuilt one. It also supports AA batteries or a rechargeable lithium ion battery.
Unfortunately, the supplied software for transferring photos to a PC isn't incredibly easy to use.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
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