Ricoh CX3

Last update (23 August’10):
– Review & Sample Photos @ AmateurPhotographer

Ricoh CX3 is a 10 Megapixels compact camera features 10.7x optical wide-angle zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 28-300mm), 1280 x 720 HD movie, Scene Auto Mode, and a High-definition 3.0-inch 920,000-dot VGA LCD monitor. The camera measures 101.5 mm (W) x 58.3 mm (H) x 29.4 mm (D) and weighs Approx. 206 g.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Ricoh CX3 Reviews

AmateurPhotographer reviews the Ricoh CX3 and writes;
“Yet despite the impressive automatic exposure modes, I was frustrated by the lack of manual exposure controls. That said, the improvements in handling noise make this a camera that performs as handsomely as it looks.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

AlphaMountWorld reviews the Ricoh CX3 and writes;
“Overall to my eyes the image quality is good and colors are nicely rendered. They dynamic range was better than many and I had a lot less issues with blowouts than some other cameras I have used, so it’s possible the new sensor has some other advantages too.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Ricoh CX3 and writes;
“The Ricoh CX3 is a very different sort of superzoom. It’s aimed at keen and knowledgeable users, and packed with tools that aren’t just aimed at grabbing headlines. But the gap between what the camera can do and what the sensor can do is slightly too large”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DigicamReview reviews the Ricoh CX3 and writes;
“The Ricoh CX3 improves on the CX2 with a back-lit CMOS sensor by extending the useable ISO range. The changes introduced on the CX3 further enhance the photographic experience the CX2 introduced. If you can look past the seemingly high price then you could perhaps own the last camera you will ever need. Ricoh continue to improve their cameras year on year, and the CX3 is no exception. .”
Rating: ★★★★½

StuffTV reviews the Ricoh CX3 and writes;
“the CMOS delivers some truly impressive results. Even as the ISO is nudged ever higher, noise seems to rarely affect picture quality – things stay sharp, even when you switch off the flash and shoot a dimly lit scene. This should endear the CX3 to those fond of snapping away at parties, pubs and similar shindigs.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Ricoh CX3 and writes;
“The good: HD video recording; excellent LCD display; good macro mode. The bad: No manual exposure controls and RAW image capture. The bottom line: Ricoh has finally hit the nail on the head with the CX3 which has the right balance between features, performance and affordability.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Ricoh CX3 and writes;
“CX3 is only a minor upgrade of the CX2, but the improved performance, HD video recording and marginally better image quality ensure that it can still compete with its more popular rivals. Build quality, handling and ease of use are all excellent, performance is fantastic and picture quality is up there with the best.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCadvisor reviews the Ricoh CX3 and writes;
“Ricoh’s CX3 isn’t much of an upgrade over the CX2 but it does offer HD video recording, which makes it a useful hybrid for people wishing to shoot stills and video with the same camera. Its pictures are a little noisy and it can struggle in bright light, but overall its image quality is very good.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Ricoh CX3 and writes;
“Despite the noisiness at ISO 400 and beyond (which is similar to what we saw in the Ricoh CX2), the CX3 is still a fun camera to use. It can take great macros, has a manual focusing feature that is much better than most compact cameras, and for the most part it will take clear and natural looking photos. We also like its build quality and the way the camera feels.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Ricoh CX3 and writes;
“Just as with the CX2 though, the Ricoh CX3 remains a great pocket camera for the keen photographer and continues to be worthy of our coveted Highly Recommended award.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Ricoh CX3 and writes;
“Video quality was quite good with the 720p resolution setting…. Resolution remained relatively high up to ISO 200 and then began a gradual decline at ISO 400 although, at ISO 3200, it remained above the ISO 400 levels we’ve obtained for most small-sensor digicams we’ve tested.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Ricoh CX3 Sample Photos

Ricoh CX3 Sample Photos @ AlphaMountWorld
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Ricoh CX3 Sample Videos


Ricoh CX3 User Manual (PDF)

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– Download Ricoh CX3 User Manual (English PDF – 3.66MB)

Ricoh CX3 Firmware

Ricoh CX3 firmware update version 1.06
Modified the following phenomenon: With preview by date, after choosing one image listed in the page 2 or in the following pages, if you press the ADJ.OK button to show the selected image, another image will be displayed.


Ricoh CX3 Features & Specifications

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2 Responses to “Ricoh CX3”

  1. klein says:

    Ricoh just closed its European offices and does not directly guarantee its cameras anymore. Its French agent, Vilma, refuses to repair my still guaranteed Ricoh camera which has the lens blocked in open position (letting the dust getting inside the lens). New cameras from Sony (HX5), Canon (Powershot 210) and Panasonic seem to offer much better performances and, because of the lack of guaranty from Ricoh, I would advise to avoid this camera.

  2. cx3_OWNER says:


    Tested the Sony HV5x, Casio fh100, Pana TZ7-8-10, Nikon S8000, and finally i had to travel far to find a CX3.

    First remakr; all the other cams are plastic, this one is alu, so the initial feeling is big, secondly; all the buttons and dial are very solid, the TZ7 almost switches by itself when your touch it(dial change dposition from the 7 to the8/10).

    than i took some pics….and then you see the difference.

    My idea; Ricoh makes cameras to make great pictures, all other make cameras with great technology…

    my advice; don’t stare at the spec differences on paper, go out to dealers and actually test the cams side by side, if you do so, i ‘m sure more people will buy Ricoh.

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