Feature 1: The power of natural representation
To fully experience the beauty of photographic expression.
A super wide-angle high performance 24-72 mm/f2.5 (wide) – f4.4(telephoto) zoom lens with superb optical performance comparing favorably to SLR interchangeable lenses. Attach the unique tilting electronic viewfinder, linked to the focal distance to zoom and frame your subject with the feel of an SLR or medium format camera and add GX200 host of versatile accessories to enter a wider realm of creative photography. For the photographer who knows the depth and joy of photographic expression, the GX200 transcends the limitations of a compact camera.
Evolved 24-72 mm zoom lens for controlling flare.
The optical 3x super-wide zoom lens, effectively controls curvature aberration, boasts superior resolution and high contrast.
It is the “eye” of the GX200, achieving both compactness and depiction ability at a high level by employing aspheric, special low-dispersion glass and high refractive index low-dispersion lens elements.
Through fine tuning, it controls flare that can occur when shooting backlit subjects compared to GX100.
Superior optical performance is exhibited regardless of lighting conditions and focal length.
A new imaging engine with great resolution and greatly reduced noise.
Sharp images all the way to the picture’s edge with natural gradations and coloration even in high-sensitivity shooting situations: that is the power of the Smooth Imaging Engine III image processor. With thorough noise reduction measures in both its circuit design and algorithms, the GX200 effectively eliminates noise without sacrificing resolution or saturation.
Effective 12 megapixel CCD boasting high resolution and a high S/N ratio.
A 1/1.7" CCD with 12 megapixels faithfully reproduces the world as seen. The result is superb images high in resolution and low in noise, with rich gradation expression from highlight to shadow.
Noise reduction setting switched depending on sensitivity.
The noise reduction function can switch settings according to the shooting environment. Since the noise reduction can be set to turn on at a specific ISO sensitivity level-such as ON for ISO401 and above-noise reduction can be fine tuned to the photographer’s style.
For easy close-ups, the macro function shoots as close as 1 cm.
The macro function brings the camera to the subject, with a minimum distance of 1 cm in wide angle and 4 cm in telephoto. Not just point and shoot those flowers and insects large, the GX200 offers a wide range of creative intentions, such as emphasizing perspective using wide-macro and making the theme conspicuous by blurring the background using tele-macro. There is also a zoom macro capability for greater magnification than is possible with standard macro functions. Convenient for fine tuning focus and exposure when a tripod is used, the AE/AF target shift function greatly expands the pleasures of close-up photography.
AE/AF target shift that allows for creative flexibility.
The AE/AF target can be shifted in both macro and normal shooting. Focusing and exposure setting can be done independently by shifting either the AE or AF target to the position anywhere on the screen you want it. And spot AE at the focused position is also possible by shifting the AE and AF targets simultaneously. This function comes in handy when the camera is fixed to a tripod.
Feature 2: Functional beauty and operability
Advanced digital technology changes creativity.
Large, vivid high-resolution 2.7-inch 460,000 dots HVGA LCD display.
The new high-resolution LCD display vividly presents image detail. The wide field of view (160 degrees both vertically and horizontally) gives the feel of “free angle” shooting, and the high contrast gives great visibility even outdoors. The 1/20-size image display function looks great on the high-definition screen and is convenient for quickly finding one image among many.
Up to three “My Setting” mode options can be defined.
With “My Setting” mode, frequently used shooting settings can be preset and switched to in an instant. With the GX200, the number of options has been expanded to three. It is also possible to change the shooting mode from the shooting menu, so there is no need to go to the trouble of revising custom settings each time.
Function button for one-push switching between functions.
Two Fn (function) buttons enable direct changes reflecting the photographer’s preferences. One-push mode change functions are assigned to each button. For instantaneous switching, pre-select and register frequently used functions such as picture quality mode and AF mode. Don’t let sudden photo chances get away.
[ Fn button settings possible ]
AF MF (combined with AF lock) / Snap AF/AE Lock / JPEG=> RAW / Color=> B&W (TE) / target shift / Various photography settings menu (exposure compensation, white balance, WB compensation, ISO, picture quality, focus, picture settings, metering, continuous shooting, auto bracketing, light intensity adjustment, manual flash)
Electronic level enables fast and precise camera levelling.
Keeping the camera level with respect to the subject is a basic requirement for making full use of a wide-angle lens. That’s why the GX200 has an internal electronic leveller which lets you view the horizontal or vertical indicator while watching the LCD display. The photographer can quickly ensure that shots are aligned horizontally and vertically. The level indicator can also be viewed with the electronic viewfinder (in both normal and tilted positions). This makes it possible to concentrate on shooting without taking your eye off the subject.
Continuous shooting functions for fast reaction.
With its new high-volume buffer memory, the GX200 can do exposure auto bracketing and continuous shooting of up to five images, even in high-image-quality RAW, giving shooting abilities approaching SLR levels.
Select playback screen for smooth image checking.
For playback mode, it is possible to define in advance where to first display the image: on the electronic viewfinder or the LCD display. Even when checking images without taking your eye from the camera to eliminate the influence of ambient light, there is no nuisance of having to use the VF/LCD button each time to make a switch.
Auto rotate display function makes it easy to review images.
Horizontal or vertical? The camera position is detected during shooting and that information is added to the image. This makes it possible to automatically rotate the image to the correct orientation for the position of the camera during playback.