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.