Ricoh CX2

Last updated (22 November’09)
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Ricoh CX2 is a 9 Megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features 10.7x optical zoom (equivalent to 28-300 mm) with Image sensor shift method image stabilizer, continous shooting speeds from 5 frames/sec. to ultra-high-speed 120 frames/sec, ISO 80-1600 and a 3.0-inch Transparent LCD (approx. 920,000 dots). The camera measures 101.5 mm (W) x 58.3 mm (H) x 29.4 mm (D) and weighs approx. 185 g.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

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Ricoh CX2 Reviews

RegHardware reviews the Ricoh CX2 and writes;
“In terms of performance, the CX2 wasn’t bad. Noise isn’t an issue until you crank up the ISO speed to 400 and beyond. Colour and sharpness are impressive, although like the CX1, there is a tendency to overexpose.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Ricoh CX2 and writes;
“In essence the Ricoh CX2 remains a great pocket camera for the keen photographer, despite the continued lack of manual controls, and is still worthy of our coveted Highly Recommended award.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Ricoh CX2 and writes;
“Verdict: An excellent point-and-shoot camera with some unique features. Good points: Long zoom lens; good focusing; large 3in screen. Bad points: Some features didn’t work as described”
Rating: ★★★★★ reviews the Ricoh CX2 and writes;
“On the design and feature fronts, the Ricoh CX2 doesn’t do too badly, but the lens just isn’t up to the job. It might be alright in the centre, but the soft edges undermine all of this camera’s clever features, with the result that the CX2 is much less desirable than it could otherwise be”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Ricoh CX2 and writes;
“The Ricoh CX2 is undoubtedly a machine for the more advanced user, but offers image quality to match for those that know what they’re doing and is easy enough to use”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCAdvisor reviews the Ricoh CX2 and writes;
“For those of you looking for a compact camera with a big zoom that’s capable of producing vibrant images, the Ricoh CX2 is ideal. Its images are definitely sharp and their colours are accurate, and there are no problems with chromatic aberration.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Ricoh CX2 and writes;
“The Ricoh CX2 is a very accomplished camera from one of the veteran names in the industry. It combines excellent build quality, a versatile specification, class-leading performance and superb image quality with a range of innovative features and easy-to-use handling, all for a very reasonable price, and even includes a two-year warranty. It’s impossible not to be impressed.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Ricoh CX2 and writes;
“The review camera took just over two seconds to power up and extend its lens and slightly less to shut down. We measured a consistent average capture lag of 0.5 seconds, which reduced to 0.1 seconds with pre-focusing. It took 0.7 seconds on average to process each high-resolution JPEG file.”
Rating: ★★★★½

GoodGearGudie reviews the Ricoh CX2 and writes;
“Despite some issues with noise, the Ricoh CX2 is an admirable compact camera. It has a huge 300mm lens, captures vibrant and sharp images, has useful scene modes, and is reasonably priced. Put it on your shopping list if you want a point-and-shoot camera with a versatile lens..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Ricoh CX2 User Manual (PDF)

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Ricoh CX2 Features

With a 10.7x optical zoom lens (28-300 mm) in a compact body only 29.4 mm thick, the CX2 shoots freely all the way from wide-angle to telephoto.

* Ricoh’s original retracting lens system made it possible to fit the newly developed high magnification 10.7x optical wide-angle zoom lens in a 29.4 mm body that is both easy to carry and easy to operate.
* With 28 mm wide-angle to 300 mm telephoto coverage, this high magnification zoom lens can handle a wide range of shooting situations, including powerful telephoto shots as well as wide-angle shooting of both expansive landscapes and interior scenes with limited distance between camera and subject.
* The zoom function can be switched to high-speed zoom by continuing to turn the zoom lever.

More advanced high-speed continuous shooting* functions enable you to get the shot you want.

* With the enhanced continuous shooting mode, it is possible to do high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 5 frames/second for still images with the maximum number of pixels.
Continuous shooting speed will vary depending on shooting conditions, card type, card condition, etc.
* For the M-continuous plus shooting function, which saves consecutive images shot before the finger is removed from the shutter release button, a mode has been added that makes it possible to shoot at the maximum number of pixels. To fit the scene being photographed, you can select from two modes: M-Continuous Plus (9M) for 15 images (5 frames/sec.) taken in as little as three seconds and M-Continuous Plus (2M) for 30 images (30 frames/sec.) taken in about one second.
M-Continuous Plus (9M) image size is fixed at N3456 (9M).
M-Continuous Plus (2M) image size is fixed at N1728 (2M).
The consecutively shot images are recorded as a single MP file (a file format with multiple still images in a single file).
* With ultra-high-speed continuous shooting, the CX2 shoots 120 images (120 frames/sec.) during an interval of about one second after the shutter release button is pushed, or 120 images (60 frames/sec.) during an interval of about two seconds.
Image size is fixed at N640 (VGA).
The consecutively shot images are recorded as a single MP file (a file format with multiple still images in a single file).

High image quality from Smooth Imaging Engine IV and a high-resolution CMOS sensor.

* The CX2 has the image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine IV and a high-speed image processing CMOS sensor. Together they can shoot high-quality images with high resolution and low noise.
* Residing on a customized circuit of the image processing engine, the pixel output interpolation algorithm reduces whiteout in high-contrast situations, thereby recreating beauty as seen.
* Dynamic range double shot mode makes it possible to record images with an almost naked-eye impression; it has a new AUTO option where the camera automatically defines the optimal exposure difference. Now it is even easier to enjoy the benefits of dynamic range expansion of up to 12EV.
* Multi-pattern auto white balance makes it possible to recreate natural as-seen colours even in people-photography scenes that were difficult to shoot with past auto white balance functions, such as scenes with both shadow and sunlight and scenes mixing flash and natural light (or fluorescent light, etc.).

New modes to stimulate creative photography.

* As the name implies, “high-contrast B&W mode” shoots images with higher contrast than normal black & white mode. This makes it possible to record images with a grainy feel such as that created by using ultra-high-sensitivity film in a film camera or by push processing film at the development stage.
* The new “miniaturize mode” shoots scenes with the top and bottom areas of the image blurred. This makes it possible to shoot actual scenes but record images that recreate the impression given when photographing miniatures.
* The new “manner mode” enables you to turn off the flash, the AF auxiliary light, and operation sounds without changing the camera settings. This is convenient when shooting in museums and other public buildings.

Easy shooting mode which can be enjoyed by a simple operation now has a function for automatic face recognition.

* When faces are detected during shooting, the CX2 shoots the image with the focus, exposure, and white balance optimized for the faces. Compared to the previous model, there have been increases in recognition speed and number of faces detectable. A maximum of eight subject faces can now be detected.
* When shooting subjects up close, the camera automatically switches to macro mode so macro photography can now be enjoyed without the inconvenience of having to switch modes.

Pre-AF and Continuous AF functions quickly and accurately focus on the subject.

* With Pre-AF, the camera automatically adjusts the focus even when the shutter release button is not half-pressed. Quick shooting is possible since the focus is adjusted in response to subject movement.
* With Continuous AF, if subject movement is detected while the shutter release button is half-pressed, the camera automatically adjusts the focus to match the subject movement.

High-definition 3.0-inch 920,000-dot VGA LCD monitor.

* The large, high-resolution LCD monitor has a wide viewing angle and high contrast. The screen has a fluorine coat to prevent soiling, a hard coat to prevent scratches, and an anti-reflection coat to give excellent visibility even outdoors in bright sunshine.
* With sRGB comparison of 100% for colour reproduction range, the monitor vividly reproduces image colours.

A wide range of functions inspired by the “A tool you will want to use every day” concept.

* With the macro photography functions you can get as close to the subject as 1 cm for wide-angle** and 28 cm for telephoto.
* A comfortable and easy-to-hold grip shape.
* Electronic level utilizing an acceleration sensor.
* Image sensor shift blur reduction function to reduce hand-motion blurring.
* Three grid guides useful for framing images while shooting.
* Image flag function to enable the quick display of specific images from among those in the camera. The maximum number of flags has been increased from 3 to 20.

Ricoh CX2 Specifications


• 1/2.3" Type CMOS
• 9.29 million effective pixels

• 10.29 total pixels

Image sizes

• 3456 x 2592

• 3456×2304
• 3072×2304
• 2592×2592
• 2592×1944
• 2048×1536

• 1728×1296
• 1280×960
• 640×480

Movie clips • 640 x 480 [L]
• 320 x 240 [M]
Text* • 3456×2592
• 2048×1536
File formats

• JPEG (Exif v2.2)

• CIPA DC-X007-2009 Multi-Picture Format
• AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG Format compliant)
• WAVE (Sound Files)


• 28 – 300mm (35mm equiv)
With Step Zoom set: 28 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 85 mm, 105 mm, 135 mm, 200 mm, and 300 mm
• f = 4.9-52.5 mm
• 10.7x optical zoom
• F3.5-5.6

• Lens Construction: 10 elements in 7 groups (aspheric lens: 4 elements and 5 surfaces)

Digital zoom up to 4.8x
Focus • Multi
• Spot
• Continuous*
• Multi-Target AF

• Manual
• Fixed
• Infinity

Focus distance Closest focus distance 1 cm
Metering • Multi (256 segments)
• Centre Weighted Light Metering

• Spot

ISO sensitivity • Auto
• Auto HI

• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800

• ISO 1600

Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Auto Bracketing +/- 5EV
Shutter speed • 8 sec-1/1200 sec

• Movie : 1/30 – 1/2000 sec.


• Auto
• Easy

• Dynamic Range Double Shot
• Continuous Shooting
• Scene
• My Setting
• Movie

Continuous Shooting Modes • Continuous
• M-Continuous Plus

• Ultra-High-Speed Continuous

Scene modes

• Portrait
• Sports

• Night Portrait
• Landscape
• Nightscape
• High Sensitivity
• Manner*

• Zoom Macro
• High-Contrast B&W*
• Miniaturize*
• Skew Correction

• Text

White balance • Auto
• Multi-Pattern

• Outdoors
• Cloudy
• Incandescent
• Incandescent 2
• Fluorescent

• Manual
• White Balance Bracket

Self timer

• 2 or 10sec

• Custom

Continuous shooting • Approx 5 fps

• Auto, Red-eye-Reduction, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
• Range : Approx. 20 cm – 3.0 m (Wide), approx. 25 cm -3.0m* (Telephoto) (ISO Auto ISO 400)
• Flash Compensation (+/-2.0EV (1/3EV Steps)

LCD monitor • 3.0" TFT
• 920,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB Hi-Speed
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
Storage • Internal memory 88MB
Power Rechargeable Battery DB-70
Weight (no batt) 185 g
Dimensions 102 x 58 x 29 mm

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