Ricoh CX6 review

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

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The Ricoh CX6 is a good compact camera that produces photos that are rich with colour and detail. The different scene modes and filters, along with shutter and aperture priority modes, mean that there is something for everyone.

Although its physical handling could be improved by means of better button arrangement, the Ricoh CX6 handles very well.

We liked

The different scene modes and creative filters available enable maximum creativity when shooting. The fact that the filters were adjustable via exposure compensation enhanced them further.

We disliked

Both the power and video activation buttons could be better, as could the dial for switching between shooting modes.

Final verdict

The Ricoh CX6 is a light compact camera that is quick to use and enables you express your creativity and build on your skills.

The Ricoh CX6 is priced at £259.99 (around $420), and its predecessor the CX5 is still available at around £184, or $205. The extra cost could well be worth it when considering the Ricoh CX6's extra specifications, such as the advanced shooting modes, faster shooting and start-up times.

Ricoh has put a lot of thought into how the camera may be used, providing a lot of customisation. The Ricoh CX6 enables a lot of photographic creativity while remaining generally simple to use.

It's a shame is doesn't have raw file capability, but it is a good camera for DSLR users looking for a compact backup, or for compact users looking to get more serious about their photography.

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