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.
The impressive zoom range fits into the neat body with ease, making this camera pocket-friendly but a solid performer.
The badly-designed menu system and fiddly joystick operation make it difficult to make changes on the fly.
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.