The Ricoh GX8 features a wide angle 3x optical zoom lens, an 8 megapixel sensor, and a 1.8″ screen. The GX8 is available from around £240, making the GX8 extremely good value for money. The camera offers full manual controls and is quite compact - the 3x optical zoom lens is equivalent to 28-85mm on a 35mm camera. The camera is enclosed in a black aluminium die-cast body. It records unlimited 320 x 240 / 30fps videos with sound. The camera’s quite compact (it will fit in trouser pockets), takes AA batteries and measures: 113.6 x 29.0 x 58.0mm (without protruding parts), and weighs 205g (without the battery and memory card)
The camera is compact and is designed well - the camera feels very comfortable in my hands. The camera is compact considering the amount of manual controls and expansion posibilities. The camera is easy to use, the menu system is easy to use and there is a good layout of buttons and controls. There is a good choice of features and options, for example manual focus, manual shutter / aperture settings, manual white balance, ISO64 - 1600, etc. The camera speed is good, with an okay switch on time, good focusing time, good shutter response, althought an occasionally slow flash recharge time depending on batteries. The camera seems like a very complete package including scene modes for beginners, audio recording, and full manual controls for people looking for complete control.