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Ricoh Upgrades CX1 After Less Than Six Months

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Ricoh Upgrades CX1 After Less Than Six Months

We loved the Ricoh CX1, in fact so much I bought one, but technology stands still for no-one...

This week sees Ricoh launch the 'CX2' just five months since the release of its predecessor. So what makes it a worthy upgrade? In short: rather a lot. The 9.1MP count stays the same, but we see the zoom upgraded from 7.1x to an extremely impressive 10.1x and full resolution continuous shooting gets a speed boost from four to 5fps.

On top of this face detection is added to easy shooting mode and newbies should benefit from new Pre-AF and Continuous AF functions. There are also new scene modes including 'high contrast B&W' and 'minaturize mode', plus the addition of an Auto option for automatically defining the range expansion effect in dynamic range double shot mode.

Aside from this the CX2 stays true to what we loved about the CX1: it's ultra fast Smooth Imaging Engine IV, and HDR shooting capability. The Ricoh CX2 will go on sale in September with an RRP of £299.99 and it's fair to say we're a little bit in love...

Link:

Ricoh CX2 product page

purephase

August 21, 2009, 6:57 pm

I nearly stumped up for a CX1 - glad I didn't now! I will definitely be taking this out for a test.

Coffee_With_Bailey's

August 21, 2009, 8:55 pm

I'm very tempted by the thought of this.





Got a Ricoh GR Digital (and wide angle lens kit) for landscape scenes and interior photography - and have been really pleased with it.





I might just find a gap in my camera bag for the CX2 - a simple + desirable 'point & shoot' camera with the versatility to do a lot of other really creative stuff.





I look forward to the TR review of this camera with great anticipation!

Gordon394

August 21, 2009, 9:04 pm

@Bailey's_Coffee - have to admit, I'm a bit of a Ricoh fan. Very under the radar brand to the casual customer, but I prefer its compacts over just about anyone at the minute. The CX1 also fixed my primary issue with them: slow autofocus time, so the CX2 should really be something. We'll get Cliff on it ;)

miha

August 21, 2009, 9:37 pm

Gordon, that would be ~10.7x Zoom (not 10.1), if my calculator is to be trusted ;)

joose

August 21, 2009, 9:47 pm

@Gordon - Also a Ricoh fan (another GR Digital owner) but while I think the CX2 improves an already great camera, feel features such as 'minaturize mode' are more (while nice) gimmick's than useful. I would like Ricoh to attempt a sweep panorama as the the Sony HX1 with the CMOS sensor. Hopefully with a software update later perhaps?

Ripsnorter

August 22, 2009, 3:50 am

The CX2 has an interval timer, something I could really use, but does not shoot HD video, something I would very much like. Guess I'll have to wait for the CX3.

Coffee_With_Bailey's

August 22, 2009, 8:06 am

@Ripsnorter - why not use the interval feature to capture a long sequence of stills, then use almost any decent video editing software to combine the stills into a 9 megapixel 'HyperHD' (you heard it here first) movie?

Ripsnorter

August 22, 2009, 5:58 pm

@ Bailey's_Coffee - I think that wouold be way beyond my technical skills. In fact, I'm still trying to work out if that wouldn't produce some kind of Frankenstein film! I really don't understand why other manufacturers don't offer interval timining since it's only a matter of software programming. I have an older Canon that takes great photos but I would like to upgrade soon and HD videos, along with an interval timer, would seal the deal. The Ricoh is a lovely camera, although maybe also a touch on the large size when compared with some of the Canons, and is still high on my list. I just can't help feeling, and hoping, the next iteration will be the one.

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