Ricoh CX5 Review: Features Worth The Price Tag

When it comes to cameras we have reported on quite a few recently, to name a few the JVC GC-PX1 which cannot make up its mind if it’s a camera or a camcorder, the Nikon Coolpix S8100 and OSM’s Mike Smith reviewed the Olympus XZ-1.

Now we are having a look at a different camera, this is the Ricoh CX5, an inexpensive point and shoot camera with plenty of features for you to take advantage of. The specs aren’t bad, it has 10 megapixels with 3”CMOS sensor, a 3” LCD, it has an SD card slot which is compatible with SDHC and Eye-Fi cards(x2 series) and it has 40MB of internal memory. Head over to the official Ricoh website for the full specifications.

The price of the device is £205 including VAT so let’s have a look at some of the features you can get for your hard earned cash. They have something that is being described as pure image quality technology, this means that it doesn’t have just high image quality but it also has what is perceived as the quality of the naked eye. They achieve this type of quality by the concatenation three technologies, an imaging engine that can reproduce images in minute detail, a low distortion lens that has true-to-life image properties and finally an image sensor that has an extremely high sensitivity. Why not check out some of its sample images?

Another great feature is the Super Resolution, this can produce an image using the optimal settings and it can allow the camera to take pictures like none of its predecessors. Check out the image below, on the left hand side it shows the image with the Super-resolution turned off and on the right it has the same image with Super-resolution turned on. You can head over to the photographyblog.com where Mark Goldstein has written an in depth article on the device.

What do you think of the camera? Are you impressed with it? Have they upgraded enough since its previous model from 6 months ago the CX4? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.