Ricoh CX1 Review

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Features & Controls


Ricoh CX1

Ricoh has equipped the CX1 with a 7.1x wide view optical zoom lens that covers and equivalent focal range of 28 - 200mm. This double retracting lens makes it made up of 10 elements in 7 groups with 4 aspherical elements and 5 surfaces. The maximum aperture is F3.3 (Wide) - F5.2 (Telephoto).

The contrast detection AF system has a focus range of:

  • Normal - Approx. 11.8 in. (30 cm) - infinity (Wide), approx. 3.28 ft. (1.0 m) - infinity (Telephoto) (from the front of the lens)
  • Macro - Approx. 0.39 in. (1 cm) - infinity (Wide), approx. 9.84 in. (25 cm) - infinity (Telephoto), approx. 0.39 in. (1 cm) - infinity (Zoom Macro) (from the front of the lens)





Ricoh CX1

The built in flash offers Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction and Slow Synchro modes. Flash range is 7.9 in. to 9.8 ft. wide or 9.8 in. to 6.6 ft. telephoto (20cm to 3.0m wide-angle and 25cm to 2.0m telephoto).




Ricoh CX1

On the top you'll find the Power On/Off button, Shutter release with the Zoom controls mounted around it as well as the Mode Dial with positions for: DR (Dynamic Range Double Shot), Burst, Easy, Scene, Movie, My2, My1, and Auto (Program AE). The Zoom controls also serve as the index and magnify options in playback mode.


Ricoh CX1

On the back is a large 3.0-inch wide LCD screen. This is the only viewfinder on the camera, and luckily it's a very high-quality display with approx. 920,000 dots of resolution.


Ricoh CX1

Controls on the back: At the top is the 4-way 'joystick' controller. Pressing the stick to the 'Right' in record mode changes the flash settings, and 'left' to enable/disable Macro focus. Pressing the stick inward (ADJ./OK) accepts menu selections as well as calls up the function shortcut menu. Next is the play button, allowing you to enter playback to view your images/movies. There are then 4 buttons along the side of the LCD. First is the menu button, allowing you to change the camera's settings and access its various functions. The second button is the Fn button, which in auto shooting mode allows you to set your point of focus, and in playback mode allows you to view your flagged images. Next is the Self Timer/Delete button. Finally the DISP. button controls the amount of information that is overlaid on the LCD as well as turns the display off. You can also see the built-in speaker.






Ricoh CX1

The I/O ports are on the right hand side: The USB 2.0 (high-speed) port connects the camera to a computer to download the images and movies. The CX1 is High-Speed USB, Mass storage compliant. The Audio-Video Out port lets you connect to a TV set with the supplied cable. The video signal is selectable for NTSC or PAL standard



Ricoh CX1

The CX1 is equipped with ~88MB of internal memory and also features a SD/SDHC memory card slot. Ricoh claims the camera is compatible with SD/SDHC cards up to 32GB. Shown here with our speedy SanDisk Extreme III 1GB SD card.


Storage Capacities (approximate)


ModePicture
Quality/Size
Internal
Memory
80MB
1GB2GB4GB8GB16GB32GB
StillF3456(9M)24
266 539 1058 2163 4335 8695
N3456(9M)43
461 931 1828 3737 7487 15020
F3:2(8M)28
300 608 1195 2442 4893 9815
F1:1(6M)33
355 723 1419 2902 5814 11662
N3072(7M)53
575 1159 2277 4654 9324 18704
N2592(5M)73
785 1576 3094 6325 12671 25418
N2048(3M)109
1184 2363 4640 9486 19005 38125
N1280(1M)181
1948 3840 7541 15415 30882 61951
N640(VGA)705
7553 15359 30159 61643 123489 247716
Still(When [Focus] is set to [Multi-Target AF])F3456(9M)23
255 516 1014 2073 4152 8330
N3456(9M)40
428 865 1699 3474 6960 13962
F3:2(8M)26
285 579 1138 2327 4662 9352
F1:1(6M)31
335 683 1341 2741 5491 11014
N3072(7M)48
521 1059 2080 4253 8520 17091
N2592(5M)64
694 1397 2743 5606 11231 22529
N2048(3M)91
990 1981 3892 7956 15940 31976
N1280(1M)136
1473 2926 5746 11745 23530 47202
N640(VGA)312
3357 6827 13407 27404 54898 110125
Text3456 x 259243
461 931 1828 3737 7487 15020
2048 x 1536109
1184 2363 4640 9486 19005 38125
Movie640 x 480
(15Frames/Sec)
1min
42s
18min
20s
37min
17s
76min
41s
149min
40s
299min
50s
601min
28s
640 x 480
(30Frames/Sec)
51s9min
15s
18min
49s
38min
41s
75min
31s
151min
18s
303min
31s
320 x 240
(15Frames/Sec)
4min
19s
46min
19s
94min
11s
193min
41s
378min
2s
757min
18s
1519min
7s
320 x 240
(30Frames/Sec)
2min
12s
23min
42s
48min
13s
99min
8s
193min
30s
387min
39s
777min
37s
M-Cont PlusN1728(2M)143
1548 3072 6033 12332 24706 49561




Ricoh CX1

The CX1 is powered by the included DB-70 3.6V 1000 mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion battery pack. Ricoh claims you can capture up to 270 shots using this pack with the LCD Dim function enabled. With LCD Dim off, they claim about 250 frames. The pack is charged in the handy BJ-7 AC charger, which features fold-away prongs for great portability.



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