Ricoh CX5 review

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

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  • Good price
  • Sleek looks
  • 10x zoom


  • Lack of RAW shooting
  • Fiddly joystick
  • Difficult to navigate menu

The latest version of Ricoh's CX compact cameras was released just a few months after its predecessor, the CX4, which in turn was only released a few months after the CX3. With a new version seemingly appearing with increasing regularity, is it worth upgrading to the Ricoh CX5 or sticking it out until the next version?

Outwardly, you would be hard pushed to immediately spot the difference between the CX5 and the older CX4. Inside, though, Ricoh boasts a faster autofocus speed, promising to be twice as quick as the CX4, thanks to a new hybrid AF system.

Another new feature is the Super-resolution function, which enables magnification of up 2x for telephoto shooting at up to 600mm equivalent.

With a full price of £250 in the UK or $219 in the US, the Ricoh CX5 isn't significantly cheaper than premium compacts such as the Canon PowerShot S95 and Panasonic Lumix LX5. But despite its sleek black appearance suggesting otherwise, the Ricoh isn't equipped with advanced features such as raw shooting.

It does boast an impressive 10x optical zoom (28-300mm equivalent), though, which could come in handy for travel photography and the like.

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