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Ricoh CX4 review




Our Score:



  • Easy to handle
  • Fast and accurate
  • Good build quality


  • Inconsistnent exposure
  • Chromatic Aberration
  • Disappointing lens

Key Features

  • f/3.5 – f/5.6 10.7x zoom lens
  • 10.0 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 920k three-inch LCD monitor
  • 10.7x optical zoom
  • 4.8x digital zoom
  • Manufacturer: Ricoh
  • Review Price: free/subscription

Although most people seem to consider the Panasonic TZ series to be the definitive long-zoom travel camera, in fact the currently popular format of a compact camera with a flush-folding long-zoom, wide angle lens was actually invented by Ricoh with its innovative Caplio R-series cameras, starting in 2005 with the Caplio R1. That design has evolved over the years through a series of progressively more advanced Caplio R and CX models, culminating in today's review camera, the new CX4. Ricoh has been launching new CX models at an incredible rate; it's only just over a year since we reviewed the CX1, with the CX2 following this time last year. Earlier this year we took a look at the excellent CX3, so what's new for the CX4?

The answer, unfortunately is 'not much'. Ricoh has long had a policy of incremental upgrades, but comparing the specification charts for the CX3 and CX4 is like playing a game of “spot the difference”. They have the same f/3.5 – f/5.6 10.7x zoom lens (28-300mm equiv.), the same back-illuminated 10.0 megapixel CMOS sensor, the same ultra-sharp 920k three-inch LCD monitor, and the same box-like all metal body with almost identical dimensions. In fact the body design hasn't changed significantly since the R8 launched in 2008.

In fact there are a few significant differences between the CX3 and the CX4, but you have to look pretty hard to find them. They include the addition of a subject-tracking autofocus mode, a couple of extra Creative Effects modes and “Night Landscape Multi-shot” to the scene mode menu, and the sensor-shift image stabilisation system has been improved. In a highly competitive market it's easy to see why a camera company would want to keep its products up to date. Many of the latest travel cameras have added features such as high quality lenses, stereo audio recording or built-in GPS tracking with viewable maps and landmark databases, but it seems that with the CX4 Ricoh has launched a new model to add just a couple of fairly trivial features to the menu, something that other manufacturers might have done with a firmware update.


September 27, 2010, 9:56 pm

Hmm. S95 review pretty please?


September 28, 2010, 3:09 am


The images quality(IQ) looks a like washout when compared to the a lot of medium price P&S cameras in the market. Personally I won't buy it if I am a new buyer.

I don't think it deserves a rate of 8 in terms of the IQ ratings.


October 2, 2010, 12:37 am

This camera is beyond me! Just what, or who, is its target market? People who like spending enough to buy something really good but prefer spending it on something mediocre?

tean is spot on, objecting to the 8 for IQ.

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