Ricoh CX3 - Ricoh CX3


The CX3 is outwardly identical to the CX2, and as with previous Ricoh cameras the build quality is impeccable. It’s not a particularly small camera, measuring 101.5 x 58.3 x 29.4mm and weighing 206g including battery and card, but is roughly the same size and weight as the new Panasonic TZ10. It has excellent handling thanks to a textured plastic handgrip on the front and a shaped thumb rest on the back. It shares the same quick and easy to use control interface as the CX2, and thanks to the incredibly high resolution wide-view monitor (double the resolution of most DSLR screens) the menu is extremely sharp and easy to read. It also has the same on-screen camera level indicator, so there’s no excuse for tilted horizons.

The CX3’s new CMOS sensor is of a new type that has a couple of major advantages. Traditionally digital imaging sensor chips have been made like any other computer chip. They are constructed on a silicon wafer with the photocells embedded in it, and then connected with microscopic wires on the surface of the wafer. This works well, but it does mean that the wires partially obscure the light-sensitive photocells, reducing the efficiency of the sensor especially in low light situations. Back-illuminated sensors such as the one in the CX3 are effectively made upside down, so that the wires connect to the photocells from underneath, allowing the sensor to capture more light, which should give it better low light performance, dynamic range and colour depth.

As well as its new high-tech sensor the CX3 features 1280 x 720 HD video recording, a feature that many users were surprised to see omitted from the specification of the CX2. Video is recorded at 30fps and the audio quality is surprisingly good compared to most other compact cameras, but it is only monaural and as usual the optical zoom cannot be adjusted while recording. Digital zoom up to 2.8x is available.

Unlike its soon-to-be arch rival the Panasonic TZ10 the CX3 has no manual exposure controls, but it does have a useful selection of scene modes, including a nice high-contrast monochrome mode, a skew correction mode that automatically adjusts the angle of shots of documents, whiteboards or slideshows, and the clever “Miniaturize” mode seen on the CX2, which mimics the limited depth effects of macro photography. There is also a discreet mode which disables the flash, AF lamp and all sounds, and is sure to be popular on Japanese commuter trains. The CX3 also has the in-camera HDR mode, or “Dynamic Range Double Shot” as seen on the CX2.

More from TrustedReviews


Is this proof an N64 Classic will follow the SNES?

Agents of Mayhem preview

cats 17

Why you’ll want to download this OnePlus 5 update today

Golf rory

British Open Golf Live Stream: How to watch online for free

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for Xbox One down to under £9

Samsung Gear S3 finally gets Samsung Pay support in UK

Welcome to the all new Trusted Reviews

Netgear Arlo

Netgear Arlo Pro

Cat Amazon

Are you kitten me? Pet translation devices tipped for future smart homes

fire emblem warriors

Fire Emblem Warriors


Pokkén Tournament DX

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb 5

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb

Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay now lets you use your PayPal funds at the checkout

assassins creed origins

Ubisoft teases new games for Nintendo Switch, coming ‘quite soon’

amazon echo

Ask Vodafone: Mobile network’s first Amazon Alexa voice skill is revealed

Google Feed

The Google app’s new personalised feed might just drag you off Facebook

z2play 9

Moto Z2 Play

Mira Prism

For just $99 you can bring AR to the iPhone 7

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S9 displays may be the same, save one major new feature

movie theatre

The Netflix Effect: ‘Binge-watching’ is coming to movie theatres

Porsche MIssion E

Porsche’s latest electric car chargers put Tesla to shame

EE logo

EE’s new 20GB SIM-free deal is the best value tariff you’ll see all summer


These are the first images from the ISS – as captured by a zero-gravity drone

iMac 21.5-inch 4K (2017)

LG V30 case

LG V30 design ‘confirmed’ ahead of IFA 2017 launch

iPhone 7 vs iPhone SE

Waiting for the iPhone SE 2? Sadly, it could be a one-and-done

Google Glass Enterprise

Google Glass 2 has arrived, sort of

Denon AH-C621R

Denon AH-C621R

BBC Proms

Get ready to listen to the BBC Proms like never before

Fender Newport Monterey Bluetooth speakers

Fender’s new Bluetooth speakers look just like tiny guitar amps

Garmin Vivosmart 3

Garmin Vivosmart 3


Is the laptop travel ban dead? Electronics restrictions lifted by TSA but UK fails to follow suit

KitSound Immerse

KitSound Immerse Wireless Headphones


It’s World Emoji Day and Apple is showing off all of its newcomers

Porn Block

Privacy fears as UK plans age verification for porn sites


New WhatsApp feature could give Apple’s iMessage a run for its money

Essential Phone

Andy Rubin’s Essential phone coming to UK, likely as a network exclusive

Nokia 8

Is this the Nokia Android flagship we’ve been waiting a decade for?

game of thrones 9

Watch Game of Thrones Online For Free: Season 7, Episode 2 ‘Stormborn’ trailer revealed

Honor 9 5

Honor 9