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Ricoh CX1 - Test Shots - Detail and Lens Performance

By Cliff Smith



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Ricoh CX1


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A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.


Here's the usual detail test shot of the West Window of Exeter Cathedral, for you to compare with other cameras. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture.


The lens and sensor work well together, producing lots of fine sharp detail.


The lens produces almost no barrle distortion at wide angle.


Centre sharpness is superb.


Very good corner sharpness, although there is a tiny hint of chromatic aberration.



July 2, 2009, 3:58 pm

That extended dynamic range feature is remarkable and ingenious! This is a definite contender to replace my ageing and slightly temperamental Ricoh R6.


July 2, 2009, 4:25 pm

This looks to me like it might be a good value alternative to the LX3. Can anyone comment how the CX1's dynamic range trickery compares with the LX3s inherent goodness in this department?

Cliff Smith

July 2, 2009, 5:19 pm

ChrisC - In terms of dynamic range I'd say that the LX3 is better on highlight detail, but the CX1 has the advantage in the shadows. However do bear in mind that the CX1 has none of the LX3's manual exposure functions, so it's not really an alternative.


July 2, 2009, 5:27 pm

@ John - I would hardly go so far as to call it either remarkable or ingenious. Nearly every other high-end camera on the market has has such a feature, and many provide more significantly improved results than I see in the test shots with this camera (although this may be down to the poorly calibrated monitor I'm currently using).

Cliff Smith

July 2, 2009, 6:58 pm

smc8788 - In fact the majority of enhanced DR features work by adjusting the tone curve of the image to improve shadow detail. The CX1 is the first compact camera to actually use instant in-camera HDR to extend dynamic range. I'd call that pretty ingenious myself.


July 2, 2009, 9:30 pm

How does the Ricoh CX1's image quality and dynamic range compare to that of the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR?


July 2, 2009, 9:39 pm

Hmmm, OK then, I'll give it ingenious as it hasn't been done before, but if it isn't any better than its rivals it's perhaps not a remarkable solution just yet.

Out of interest, how fast does it take the different exposures for the HDR imaging feature? Does it struggle with moving subjects that would result in ghosting, for example?

Martin Daler

July 3, 2009, 12:34 am

@ Cliff Smith - "The CX1 is the first compact camera to actually use instant in-camera HDR to extend dynamic range"

Well, apart from the Fuji F200 EXR, about which you said:

"In high-contrast situations the sensor splits, capturing two images simultaneously at different sensitivity settings. These are combined in the camera to produce a single image with greater dynamic range", which amounts to the same HDR thing as here, only without the time difference.


July 3, 2009, 1:38 am

@Martin Daler - the Fuji F200 EXR takes a different approach in that it captures two images simultaneously rather than taking two successive images with different exposures. The details of the EXR sensor can be found here:


Ron 1

July 3, 2009, 11:54 am

How does this compare to the Panasonic TZ7?

jens s

July 3, 2009, 2:38 pm

Like smc8788 I'm not impressed by the dynamic range test shots.

Does it have settings for dynamic range?


July 4, 2009, 12:41 am

Ugly as hell though!!

Vic Barnes

July 6, 2009, 9:45 pm

Not another damn camera without a 'proper' viewfinder. Imagine trying to shoot action pics in bright sunlight and a strong wind. I actually like the camera's shape but don't like the noise control -- it should be better. I'm looking for a non-DSLR with the CX1's spec, but it won't be this camera.


July 28, 2009, 5:46 pm

I do love my R6 but this is making my mouth water and my palms itch. The problem I have is how much better than my super reliable R6 is it gonna be? Also will she let me buy this when the R6 has been more than adequate. The R6 has struggled with crisp winter views in Skye. But then all cameras of similar age and price are the same. The combination of clear sky, sea, mountains and snow make it impoeeible to "get the shot" but it has been so good. It has proven itself at the F1 as well, dificult though with the speed obviously.

God I want this model but not sure if I can justify it


August 6, 2009, 8:36 pm

@Trusted Reviews. I've just tried to show somebody this review (through digital cameras, search by brand, Ricoh and this doesn't show up. Just letting you know.

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