Tasco Sales (Australia) will release the new Ricoh Caplio GX200 compact digicam in late July.


June 27, 2008: Tasco Sales (Australia) will release the new Ricoh Caplio GX200 compact digicam in late July.
A successor to the Caplio GX100, the new model features a 24 to 72mm (35mm film equivalent focal length) high-performance wide-angle optical zoom lens in a 25mm thin pocket-sized body. It has a 12-megapixel imager and features the latest SIE III imaging engine, which includes improved noise reduction. It also provides a wide variety of manual shooting functions as well as supporting continuous raw file capture of up to five shots per burst. A large wide-viewing angle 2.7-inch 460,000 pixel HVGA LCD is provided, along with an electronic leveller function for horizontal and vertical shooting.
The VF KIT version of the GX200 comes with a removable tilting electronic viewfinder, which can also be used with the electronic leveller and provides full field-of-view coverage. The number of “My Settings” options on the mode dial has increased to three. (There were two on the Caplio GX100.) There are now one-push mode change function buttons both on the top surface and one on the rear-surface cross keys. These buttons can be used for customized settings to, for example, switch from JPEG to RAW or from colour to B&W.
The AF target shift function, which before could only be used in macro shooting, is now also available in normal shooting. The flash is manually raised by sliding the open switch. Flash functions on the GX200 have been expanded with a light intensity adjustment function (-2.0 EV to +2.0 EV), a manual flash function in which intensity can be set, and a flash synchro setting where flash timing can be set as “1st Curtain” or “2nd Curtain.”
Enhanced image editing functions include image colour tone correction (white balance adjustment) and brightness and contrast correction. Colour, colour density, contrast, and sharpness can each be defined on a five-level scale in Monochrome mode and sepia red, green, blue, and purple colour selections are possible.
The GX200 package contains: rechargeable lithium ion battery, battery charger, AV cable, USB cable, CD-ROM, strap, and lens cap. It will retail for $799. The VF KIT version will be priced at $899. For more information, visit www.tasco.com.au and click on the link to Ricoh products.