Ricoh CX4 Review

Review posted 11/24/2010

Quick Take
  • Compact, simple design
  • 10.7x optical zoom provides excellent versatility
  • dSLR quality 3.0-inch LCD screen
  • Great overall performance
  • Excellent Image Quality
  • Image Sensor Shift Image Stabilization is equivalent to 3.7 shutter speed stops
  • 5fps image capture at 10M
  • 120fps at 640x480
  • Dynamic Range mode works well if you cant bracket your images
  • 720p HD videos
  • Lots of modes and settings, can take a while to learn where everything is
  • No dedicated video recording button
  • Small, weak flash
  • Video playback trouble on computer
Bottom Line
Ricoh's CX4 is a powerful compact digicam created with your creativity in mind. It's great quality, performance and ease-of-use leave you wanting to have it all the time. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Ricoh's CX4 is a compact featuring their Pure Image Quality Technology. A combination of the lens, image sensor and imaging engine combine to capture what the human eye sees. They have also included a slue of advanced AF modes and burst shooting options that allow you to not only capture numerous shots quickly, but also add creative modes that combine multiple shots inside the camera.

On top of these excellent features, the camera also sports a 10-Megapixel CMOS sensor, 10.7x optical zoom lens, sensor shift image stabilization, scene auto mode, 720pHD video capture and a high resolution LCD that you normally only see on dSLRs. This camera is very easy to use, allowing anyone to pick it up in S-Auto mode and shoot. At the same time, it has enough creative features and abilities to keep anyone satisfied.

Ricoh CX4 Features:
  • 10-Megapixel; 1/2.3-inch Back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • Smooth Imaging Engine IV
  • 10.7x optical zoom lens: 35mm equivalent of 28-300mm
  • Image sensor shift image stabilizer (3.7 Stop)
  • 3-Inch, 920,000 dot LCD screen
  • S-Auto (Scene Selection Auto)
  • 5fps High Speed Continuous shooting
  • Up to 120fps Bursts
  • 720p HD movies
  • Step and Auto Resize Zoom
  • AF Tracking system
  • Face-Priority AF
  • Multi-Target AF
  • Pre-AF
  • Creative Shooting modes
  • 1cm Macro shooting
  • Brightness, White Balance, Color Tone and Contrast Correction built-in
  • AE/AF target shift functions
  • Multi-pattern auto white balance
  • Electronic level
  • My Settings Mode
  • SD/SDHC compatible
  • Approx. 85MB internal memory
  • Li-Ion Battery

The Ricoh CX4 is available now with a MSRP of US $399.99.

What's in the Box?:

  • CX4 Camera Body
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Hand Strap
  • Li-Ion Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Instruction Manual

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