Ricoh PX review

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

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Ricoh px

The Ricoh PX is an interesting addition to the ever-expanding rugged digital camera market, and its build quality and ease of operation score points. It's also one of the few sub-£200 waterproof models on the market.

Sadly, it's a little on the bulky side and the position of its zoom rocker is less than convenient, while its images leave a lot to be desired.

We liked

A decent focusing system and design that separates it from many of its peers, the Ricoh PX is a solidly built camera with good underwater performance and a range of both useful and novelty functionality.

We disliked

Noise and its effects on image details is an issue with the Ricoh PX, while the awkward operation of the zoom and the basic LCD screen are equally unlikely to impress.

Verdict

Rugged cameras have been around for long enough for us to no longer be simply happy to be able to shoot in harsh environments, get shots while in the sea or skiing. While the PX does a decent job of getting the subject sharp and correctly exposed, its images are let down by a relatively low level of detail. This limits the size of the prints that can be made, which is a shame if you are looking to blow-up shots from your holidays.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedEye-Fi Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
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 Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
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