Features & Controls


Ricoh's 10.7x optical zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent of 28-300mm and is 1/3 of their Pure Image Quality Technology. The lens itself is made up of 10 elements in 7 groups. It retracts when the camera is powered down for protection. To assist in your handheld shooting, Ricoh has included a sensor-shift image stabilization with the equivalent of 3.7 shutter speed stops.

Focus Range:
Normal: 30 cm - infinity (Wide), approx. 1.5 m - infinity (Telephoto)
Macro: 1 cm - infinity (Wide), approx. 28 cm - infinity (Telephoto), approx. 1 cm - infinity (Zoom Macro)

ricoh_cx4_flash.jpgThe small built-in flash is useful in close quarters, but with a maximum range of up to approx. 13ft. at ISO 1600, it will not do you much good over a large open area. When it is useful, the flash operates in Auto, Anti Red Eye, On, Off and Slow Synchro modes.

ricoh_cx4_back.jpgFraming and viewing your images is done on the 3.0-inch, 920,000 dot LCD screen. This high of a resolution screen is great for showing you all of the fine details and gradients of your image. Normally this quality of LCD is found on much more expensive interchangeable lens cameras and dSLRs. Ricoh has included several special coatings on the screen to prevent dirt, scratches and glare, making it a pleasure to look at in all lighting conditions.


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.


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 CX4 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.

IMG_5444.jpgThe CX4 is capable of storing its images on any SD/SDHC memory card up to 32GB. There is also an internal storage of approx. 85MB, which isn't much but could save you in a jam. With the camera's burst and HD video capture capabilites, we recomend that you use at least a class 4 card to get the most from these features. The camera is shown here with a class 6, 16GB ADATA SDHC card.

Approx. Storage Capacities:

Mode Image Size Internal
1GB 2GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB
Still 10M 4:3F 22 242 491 965 1973 3953 7930
10M 4:3N 37 414 842 1653 3379 6769 13579
9M 3:2F 24 272 553 1087 2222 4452 8930
7M 1:1F 29 321 653 1284 2624 5257 10546
7M 16:9F 29 323 653 1284 2624 5257 10546
5M 4:3F 34 373 758 1490 3045 6101 12238
3M 4:3F 53 581 1182 2321 4744 9503 19063
1M 4:3F 96 1059 2118 4160 8505 17039 34181
VGA 4:3F 394 4316 8778 17237 35231 70579 141581
(When [Focus] is set to [Multi-target AF])
10M 4:3F 22 240 487 957 1957 3922 7867
10M 4:3N 37 408 830 1631 3333 6678 13396
9M 3:2F 24 269 548 1077 2202 4412 8851
7M 1:1F 29 318 647 1270 2596 5202 10435
7M 16:9F 29 319 647 1270 2596 5202 10435
5M 4:3F 33 368 749 1471 3008 6026 12089
3M 4:3F 52 570 1159 2277 4654 9324 18704
1M 4:3F 92 1023 2047 4022 8221 16471 33042
VGA 4:3F 345 3776 7681 15082 30828 61759 123888
Text 10M 4:3 37 414 842 1653 3379 6769 13579
3M 4:3 97 1078 2194 4309 8809 17647 35402
Movie HD 1280 16sec. 3min.
VGA 640 49sec. 8min.
QVGA 320 1min.
M-Cont Plus 10M 4:3N 37 414 842 1653 3379 6769 13579
2M 4:3N 127 1404 2792 5484 11211 22460 45056
Speed Cont VGA 4:3N 691 7553 15359 30159 61643 123489 247716

ricoh_cx4_battery.jpgPowering the CX4 is a 3.7V, 950mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Ricoh claims that the battery is able to supply enough power to capture up to 330 images on a single charge (CIPA), when the LCD Dim feature is on. Above you can see the compact, portable quick charger that allows you to charge anywhere. It is also great for keeping a spare battery charged and on hand at all times.

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Compatible with Olympus SZ-31MR iHS, TG-820 iHS, SZ-12, VR-350, SP-810UZ, SZ-11, SZ-20, SZ-30MR, TG-810, SZ-10, XZ-1, SP-800UZ, Stylus Tough 8010, Stylus Tough 6020, Stylus Tough ...
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