Ricoh CX4 review

Is the CX4 an expensive point and shoot, or does it offer something extra?

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CX4 rear

Despite several shortcomings in the usability of the camera, the Ricoh CX4 actually delivers pretty good results. The colours are bright, punchy and sharp although the auto white balance can provide some odd results at times, so you might need to watch that, especially as you can't shoot RAW files and correct later.

You have the option to shoot in 4 different formats, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1 which is good for creative photographers, and the filters (miniaturisation, dynamic range, high contrast black and white, soft focus, cross process and toy camera) are quite fun and work reasonably well. Miniature mode does a decent job of recreating a tilt-shift lens effect, while cross process will gives the lomo look that is trendy right now.

Sensitivity can be altered on "My Settings" mode in one-stop increments ranging from ISO 100-3200. Noise is minimal up to ISO 400, but as with most compact cameras after this the images become increasingly noisy from 800. In fact they are virtually unusable at the highest end of 3200, unless prints are to be kept very small. Overall, it's a solid performance from a compact of this price range.

Ricoh CX4 ISO Comparison test

ISO 100 main

Ricoh CX4 - ISO 100 (Click to view full size image)

ISO 100 crop

Ricoh CX4 - ISO 100 - 100% crop (Click to view full size image)

ISO 200 crop

Ricoh CX4 - ISO 200 - 100% crop (Click to view full size image)

ISO 400 crop

Ricoh CX4 - ISO 400 - 100% crop (Click to view full size image)

ISO 800 crop

Ricoh CX4 - ISO 800 - 100% crop (Click to view full size image)

ISO 1600 crop

Ricoh CX4 - ISO 1600 - 100% crop (Click to view full size image)

ISO 3200 crop

Ricoh CX4 - ISO 3200 - 100% crop (Click to view full size image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyCX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom11x
Digital Zoom5x
Brand NameRicoh
FeaturesFace Detection, Manual White Balance, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)184 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.6 mm
Width101.5 mm
Depth29.4 mm
Product SeriesCX
Focal Length4.90 mm to 52.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelCX4
Product NameCX4 Compact Camera
Exposure Control

Programme AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number175604
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The imaging philosophy that lies at the root of all Ricoh digital cameras: not just "high image quality" but "pure image quality, true to what is perceived by the naked eye." This is achieved through three core technologies-a low-distortion lens with true-to-life imaging properties, an image sensor with superior high-sensitivity performance, and an imaging engine that reproduces images in minute detail-that have been designed and developed as a single mechanism, offering unsurpassed resolution and faithful, unaffected color reproduction.