Ricoh CX5 review

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

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The Ricoh CX5 is a camera that should especially appeal to those looking for a great holiday and travel shooter, especially when left in fully auto mode, avoiding the hassle of attempting to change settings with the joystick and poor menu navigation.

Serious photographers who might expect something along the lines of Canon's PowerShot S95 or Panasonic's Lumix LX5 may be left disappointed, because the manual controls are lacking, along with the ability to shoot in raw.

However, it shouldn't be forgotten that this retails for significantly less than those premium compact cameras the exterior imitates, so it would be unfair to expect the interior to match-up.

We liked

The impressive zoom range fits into the neat body with ease, making this camera pocket-friendly but a solid performer.

We disliked

The badly-designed menu system and fiddly joystick operation make it difficult to make changes on the fly.

Final verdict

As with its predecessors, the Ricoh CX5 is basically a high-end point and shoot camera that will appeal to those looking for high quality images from a pocket and budget-friendly camera. Particularly impressive are its sleek looks and the 10x zoom range.

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