Ricoh CX5 review

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

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As with its predecessor, the Ricoh CX5 may be a little shortcoming in its handling, but thankfully it delivers some pretty decent results. Colours are bright and punchy without looking unrealistic, and in auto scene mode, the camera does a good job of recognising what's in front of it.

Creative filters are always a welcome addition to any compact camera, and those on offer here are the same as in the Ricoh CX4: Dynamic Range Double Shot, Miniaturize, High Contrast B&W, Soft Focus, Cross Process and Toy Camera. All are well worth a play and work reasonably well. Miniaturize mode does a decent job of recreating a tilt and shift lens and will work well when photographing from a high vantage point.

Sensitivity can be altered from ISO 100 through to ISO 3200. Low-light performance is very good on the camera, with images remaining virtually noise free from ISO 400 and below, beginning to creep in at 800-1600 and even coping relatively well at 3200. For a compact at this price range it's an impressive performance.

In our tests, chromatic aberration was kept to a minimum, with virtually no examples of purple fringing in photos - a great bonus for travel and holiday photographers who want to take photos of architecture, landscapes, buildings and so on.

In fully Auto scene mode, white balance proved to be spot on most of the time, with the odd exception – this is always worth keeping an eye on when shooting with a camera that is incapable of shooting raw images.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
Product FamilyCX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom10.7x
Digital Zoom4.8x
Brand NameRicoh
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Weight (Approximate)176 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 ModelCX5
Product NameCX5 Compact Camera
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number175629
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

I wonder what fun little surprises are out there waiting for me today. If I take my camera out with that kind of attitude, I know the way I look at the things around me will change somehow. I relax, loosen up, and let my heart take over as I press the shutter. And the picture that emerges is sure to capture the scene that moved me. Casual, creative, compact-the CX5. Good opportunities don't just sit around waiting for you. That's why you have to grab onto those special moments whenever they come along.

Package Contents
  • CX5 Compact Camera
  • USB Cable
  • AV Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card