Ricoh PX review

A water, dust and shockproof compact camera with a high-res sensor

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Ricoh px

Ricoh claims the PX has been designed so that it may be easily slipped in and out of a pocket, so the photographer can respond swiftly when a photo opportunity presents itself.

And this much is true. The lack of any protrusions means it slides comfortably in and out of a jeans or jacket pocket, although its bulky body means that it won't be quite at home in tighter pockets (and it's certainly too large to be discreetly carried around inside a shirt pocket).

Build quality is impressive, though, with metal used throughout its outer shell and a sturdy battery compartment door at its base.

Although the Ricoh PX's water and dustproofing capabilities are clearly marked on its top-plate, its design doesn't particularly allude to this. Admittedly its lens is sealed and its battery door is a little harder to close then usual, but all buttons travel easily when pressed.

Ricoh px

The only exception to this ease of operation is with the zoom rocker, which protrudes from the camera's top plate and is somewhat annoying to manoeuvre with the forefinger (see above).

Worse still, when the rocker is used it moves the zoom erratically, beginning at a steady pace before rushing through the rest of its range, while its ideal position on the back of the camera is occupied by a lesser-used dial that changes flash settings.

Thankfully, the otherwise pleasing operation of the camera's external controls is matched with a responsive menu system. It's long overdue a makeover, but it remains functional and lists options clearly and in full.

To make things easier on the eye, colours and images are also used to accompany scene modes and other options, but only conservatively so.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyPX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedEye-Fi Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4.8x
Brand NameRicoh
DurabilityWater Proof, Dust Proof
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)136 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height55 mm
Width100 mm
Depth21.3 mm
Product SeriesPX
Focal Length5 mm to 25 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product Model175684
Product NamePX Compact Camera
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number175684
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

I took my camera and went for a walk. I cooked with my camera at my side. My camera was with me as I played with my pet. Captured through my lens, the everyday and commonplace seem to gain added life and lustre. A sudden downpour, with its promise of fascinating new sights, is welcomed with open arms. Anytime, anywhere with anyone. The camera closest to hand, connecting you to what you love most. Always together. The RICOH PX, in your pocket today and everyday.

Package Contents
  • PX Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery (DB-10)
  • USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Plug
  • AV Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Camera User Guide