Ricoh CX6 review

Exciting filters, a speedy AF and quality images from a compact camera

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  • Excellent image quality
  • Easy to navigate menus
  • Variety of filters and shooting modes


  • Poorly placed buttons
  • Hard to use dials
  • Grey fringing on one shot

The Ricoh CX6 is an updated version of its still available predecessor, the Ricoh CX5. It adds aperture/shutter priority, continuous AF shooting modes, plus faster start-up and shorter shot-to-shot times.

Aimed at those looking for a high quality compact camera to act as a second camera, the Ricoh CX6 has aperture and shutter-speed priority modes for more control. It also has a noise reduction function, designed to produce high-quality images.

It stands against quite a few market competitors, such as the Nikon Coolpix S8200, Samsung WB750 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V, to name just a few.

They all have physically similar sized CMOS sensors and are cheaper than the Ricoh CX6, which is priced at £259.99 (around $420) in the UK.

Ricoh CX6 review

The Ricoh CX6 is a 10MP camera with a 10.7x optical zoom, equivalent to 28-300 mm on a 35mm film camera. There is also a digital zoom facility that extends up to 2880mm.

As well as having a far-reaching zoom, the camera benefits from a close macro distance of 1cm. You also have the option of choosing between eight fixed lengths using the step zoom.

Images are captured on the back illuminated CMOS sensor, processed by the Smooth Imaging Engine IV and can be reviewed on the 3-inch 1.23 million dot high-resolution LCD screen.

Ricoh CX6 review

This Ricoh camera has a 5fps high-speed continuous shooting mode, with a theoretical capacity of 999 pictures.

You can easily switch to shooting HD movies or Snap Movies - films that can be 60 seconds long.

Ricoh claims the CX6 achieves fast AF focus times of 0.1 sec, and it also benefits from a wide range of focus options: Multi AF, Spot AF, Face-priority Multi AF, Subject-tracking AF, Multi-target AF, Manual Focus and Snap.

Ricoh CX6 review

There are also three metering modes to choose from; multi, centre-weighted and spot.

For precise composition, three grid guide displays are provided: 3 x 3 grid, centred subject grid and a clear view grid.

Perhaps one of the camera's most attractive features is the wide array of shooting modes and creative filters. It includes all the regular scene modes, such as Landscape, Pets, Portrait and Night Portrait, as well as more dynamic modes such as Skew Correct, Golf Swing Continuous and Cooking, for subject-specific shooting, as well as more advanced shutter and aperture priority modes.

The camera's creative filters include Dynamic Range Double Shot, Miniaturise, Bleach Bypass, High Contrast B&W, Soft Focus, Cross Process and Toy Camera.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
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
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)180 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS, REACH
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.9 mm
Width103.9 mm
Depth28.5 mm
Focal Length4.90 mm to 52.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelCX6
Product NameCX6 Compact Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number175714
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The CX6 boasts a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor combined with advanced Smooth Imaging Engine IV image processing. Poorly-lit indoor or night scenes are rendered in pure, unblemished quality, as of course are brightly-lit subjects. An output pixel interpolation algorithm residing in dedicated logic circuits in the imaging engine reduces loss of detail in highlights to faithfully recreate high-contrast scenes exactly as they appear to the naked eye.

Package Contents
  • CX6 Compact Camera
  • USB Cable
  • AV Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery(DB-100)
  • Battery Charger (BJ-10)
  • Instruction Manual(Camera User Guide)
  • Warranty Card