The Ricoh CX6 takes high-quality photos across its wide range of settings. Whether shooting in Landscape or Macro mode, the colours produced are rich and the detail is crisp. Depth of field is also extensive.
The camera's automatic scene recognition mode works efficiently and generally assesses the scene correctly.
We found the AF system is reasonably fast and has a decent tracking system. Although this can be slow occasionally, and not great for capturing fast-moving subjects, it manages to keep up with slower subjects for the majority of the time.
The HD movie shooting mode produces detailed and clear fiootage with good audio playback. It also sustained the detail and has no distortion when using the zoom while filming, although it unfortunately does capture the sound of the zoom working.
Although the Ricoh CX6 has a noise reduction function, there is some evidence of noise creeping into the shadow areas when viewing images taken at low sensitivity settings at 100 per cent on the computer screen.
The image is not disrupted by the noise at more normal viewing sizes, though.
In images taken at higher sensitivities such as ISO 3200 the noise is a lot more apparent, as expected. The image is still usable, but wouldn't be recommended for large prints.
Chromatic aberration and distortion are mostly non-existent. We spotted one anomaly shot that has some grey fringing along the skyline, but this is more than likely down to the Dynamic Range option being activated.
In Dynamic Range mode the camera could have moved between the taking of the two exposures. Most other shots were clear and free of any noticeable problems.
The Ricoh CX6 has an accurate automatic white balance system, coping well with overcast conditions and indoor shooting conditions with artificial, natural and mixed lighting.
When the pre-set white balance settings are used, the camera copes well, although the cloudy setting can produce colours that are a little too warm.
Exposure compensation can be adjusted via a scroll bar, enabling you to adjust the parameter in both normal and creative shooting modes. This is especially useful for the high contrast black and white mode, which can become swamped by areas of deep shadow.
The metering is generally spot on, coping well with high contrast compositions.
We found that images taken with the creative filters are interesting and good quality. Soft Focus mode has strong and weak options, with the stronger setting producing a very misty soft glow. It's personal preference as to whether you want your image softened considerably or just slightly.
Toy Camera mode replicates the colours and vignetting of old toy cameras, saturating the colour and adjusting the vignetting to the desired level to give it an old-fashioned effect. This worked well on a number of different subjects.
The Dynamic Range mode also works well to produce quality images. Taking two images of two different exposures one after the other in quick succession, it produces an image that the camera deems to be correctly exposed, with lower contrast.
High Contrast B&W mode produces great photos with a lot of detail, and the grainy finish applied gives it an aged look.
This mode struggles with areas of high shadow, since it can black out a lot of the shot, but the Ricoh CX6 enables you to apply exposure compensation, lightening the areas of deep shadow.