Ricoh Japan has announced the successor to the Capilo GX, the GX8. This has to be one of the most powerful compact cameras ever conceived of capable of a massive 8.2 megapixels, besting some bulkier digital SLRs such as the Nikon D50. The GX8 weighs around 200 grams with dimensions of 114 x 29 x 58mm
The GX8 boasts a 28mm wide-angle 3x zoom lens with an 18 x 24 mm Macro mode and a 1.8″ LCD screen. It turns on in 1.3 seconds and auto-focuses in 0.1 seconds. Shots can be repeated every 1.7 seconds and in continuous shooting mode this is increased to 16 consecutive shots in roughly two seconds.
Exposure lengths are variable from 30 down to 1/,2000 seconds and an Auto Bracket function can automatically take three shots of different exposure levels for use in tricky lighting conditions. Connectivity to a computer is handled by USB 2.0 and it uses an SD memory card, however the supplied card only has a measly 26MB capacity and so will probably need to be upgraded quickly. However, given that the camera is set to cost just £299.99, that doesn’t seem too unreasonable. Ricoh’s Capilo GX 8 will be available from next month.