Ricoh CX6 review

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

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Our results from the lab have been compared against the Samsung MV800, Canon IXUS 230 HS and Nikon Coolpix S8200.

Our analysis shows that the Ricoh CX6 produces good results for both signal to noise ratio and dynamic range. For signal to noise ratio the CX6's results are on par with Canon IXUS 230 HS and Nikon Coolpix S8200 up to a sensitivity of ISO 800, above this value the CX6 out performs the others, showing less noise at the higher sensitivities. Dynamic range results again show that the CX6 just has the edge across the whole sensitivity range.

Signal to noise ratio

Ricoh CX6 review Signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Ricoh CX6 compare well against the Canon IXUS 230HS and Nikon Coolpix S8200 up to a sensitivity of ISO 800. From ISO 800 the results remain consistent showing noise is kept to a minimum at the higher sensitivities and out performing the other cameras.

Dynamic range

Ricoh CX6 review dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Ricoh's JPEGs have at least a 1EV higher dynamic range than the Canon IXUS 230HS and Nikon Coolpix S8200 at ISO 100. Although results between sensitivities of ISO 400 and 1600 are similar to the Canon IXUS 230HS, at the highest sensitivity setting the Ricoh again gains a better result.

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