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Ricoh CX1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 112 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the color and performance. The screen and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas the features and viewfinder get critical reviews. The memory and shutter get mixed views.

portability, usability, screen, performance, color

viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Ricoh CX1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 112 reviews)

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($369) is a compact metal camera featuring a 9.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, a powerful 7.1X optical zoom lens, sensor-shift image stabilization, a super-sharp 3-inch LCD, 4 frame/second continuous shooting, and a VGA movie mode (bah). Some of the CX1's...

Good exposure and color; minimal purple fringing ; 7.1X, 28 - 200 mm lens in a compact, well-built body ; Sensor-shift image stabilization ; Super high resolution 3-inch LCD display ; Quick to focus, no shutter lag, brief shot-to-shot delays ; Very...

Heavy noise reduction smudges fine details, even at base ISO ; Redeye a problem, no removal tool available ; Weak flash ; Focus distance guide in manual focus mode nearly useless ; Dated face detection and movie features ; Image stabilizer not...

Ricoh has done a good job creating a camera that has the tools that photographers want (well, except for manual controls). Unfortunately, they aren't spending enough time on the most important feature a camera can have: good photo quality. If the CX1...

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Ricoh CX1 Review at Buy-n-Shoot


Within it's price range, the Ricoh CX1 is a solid unit both literally and performance-wise that ought to be considered as a contender for your business.

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Ricoh CX1 Review: A Photographer's Compact Point and Shoot


Where most other camera companies are going for 720p video in their nicer point-and-shoots, Ricoh added more photo-centric features to the CX1: in-camera HDR, high-speed sequential shooting and razor-sharp macro. We've tested, and we like.

But the CX1 joins just a few other cameras that do it automatically. And it works


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Ricoh CX1


Good for bright outdoors high contrast situation. Downhill in low contrast shade. Very bad for hi iso indoor no flash situation. The noise reduction blurred important details when the whole chin smeared with facial details joined to the neck. Useless...

No, no problems construction or usage wise

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Ricoh CX1


I've been looking for years for a good point and shoot camera, one comparable to my old digital camera from 4-5 years ago. I haven't had any luck, because the newer cameras tend to be blurry, unsaturated, noisy - too many pixels, I think. Picture...

The only drawbacks I see to this camera are 1: don't buy it for dynamic ; range mode, you'll probably be disappointed, and 2: no way to turn off ; noise reduction, which would be nice. At high iso, noise reduction tends to ; smear the results, but the...

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Ricoh CX1


Bought it to replace a R8 which was to slow focussing compared to the R3. Overall very handy, fast, interesting high iso b&w, simply fun to use. Set wheel to EASY if you give it to s/o for p&s, and be prepared that there are A LOT of things to play and...

No- as unhappy as i was with the R8 (despite it being very well build), as happy i'm now... Only wish: a bit more influence over NR-settings

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Ricoh CX1


Same limitations as any small sensor camera, once you accept that though the CX1 shines. Its feature set, custimizations, and general usability are top notch. Combine that with great build, speed, and a best in class LCD its hard to beat as long as you...

Not great battery life but typical for this style of camera ; settings aren't stored in EXIF ; any other problems are shared by all small sensor cameras to one degree or another

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Amazon review summary for Ricoh CX1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Ricoh CX1 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

portability, size, build quality, performance, focus


62% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.


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Ricoh CX1 compact digital camera


Ricoh's CX1 is a digital camera that not only looks good but also feels great to use. Most importantly, it's capable of taking some breathtaking snaps...

Comfortable to hold, easy to use, well built, clear picture quality, excellent macros, useful manual focus

Zooming could be smoother, no manual shutter or aperture settings

Ricoh may not come to mind when contemplating a compact camera, but the CX1 is definitely worthy of some attention. It produces superb images, feels good to use and has plenty of useful features to play with.

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Ricoh CX1 compact camera review


The Ricoh CX1 looks stylish and is undoubtedly well made once you heft the all metal compact from its box, but looks otherwise unremarkable. The black liveried version we had to test has a rather simple control layout that belies the underlying...

Handling, LCD, low ISO image quality, easy to use, features, build, auto level indication

No optical viewfinder, high ISO image noise, complex menu system

Ricoh’s new CX1 features some unique new kit that combine to help create a rather special little digital compact. Image quality is excellent at lower ISOs and the high-resolution screen helps compensate for the lack of an optical viewfinder: a cracking...

Product Specifications

The CX1, a new digital camera with a 7.1x optical wide-angle zoom lens (28-200 mm in 35 mm film equivalent focal length). The CX1'sexpanded dynamic range of 12 EV equivalent makes it possible to capture high-contrast scenes in a way not possible with earlier models. With new image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine IV and a new high-speed image processing CMOS sensor installed, the CX1 achieves greater image quality while at the same time expanding dynamic range with its dynamic range double shot mode. In addition, functions such as multi-pattern auto white balance (sets white balance based on the light sources of segregated areas of the image) and multi-target AF (shoots consecutive images at seven focal distances automatically defined by the camera) enable the new CX1 to create beautiful images giving an almost naked-eye impression. The CX1 has a large 3.0-inch 920,000-dot VGA monitor and high-speed continuous shooting functions at approximately 4 frames/second that make it even easier to enjoy photography. This is a digital camera that takes the design concept "A tool you will want to use every day" to a new level of perfection. The CX1 has the new image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine IV and a new high-speed image processing CMOS sensor. In high-sensitivity shooting conditions, these enhancements result in greater resolution than previous models and also reduce noise without compromising color reproduction. The add


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:8
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Ricoh DB-70
Battery Type:Ricoh DB-70


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No