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Ricoh CX5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 131 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and usability. The portability and performance are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the value for money, while some have doubts about the flash and manual image adjustments.

responsiveness, performance, portability, usability, design

features, manual adjust., flash

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Ricoh CX5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 131 reviews)

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Ricoh CX5


How is it possible to take a compact digital camera that for most people is already perfect and improve upon its stellar features? It seemed as if this line had reached its pinnacle with the CX4, but in true Ricoh style, they weren't about to let good...

Super-fast; HDMI output; Eye-Fi compatible

Rating: 5

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Lab Test: Ricoh CX5 Digital Camera Review


Ricoh CX5  brings impressive image quality and performance, but falters with video implementation

Slim, stylish good looks ; Very good image quality ; Packed with great features

Plain and clunky looks ; Lacks manual controls ; Poor video quality and implementation

The Ricoh CX5 is an interesting, even quirky, compact camera that offers very good image quality, a very fast hybrid auto focus system, and generally impressive performance to point and shoot photographers. Its exact audience remains an enigma to us...

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Amazon review summary for Ricoh CX5


alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Ricoh CX5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

value for money, sensor, portability, usability, size

93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.


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Ricoh CX5 review


Is the CX4 upgrade an expensive point and shoot camera, or does it offer something extra?

Good rice ; Sleek looks ; 10x zoom

Lack of RAW shooting ; Fiddly joystick ; Difficult to navigate menu

As with its predecessors, the Ricoh CX5 is basically a high-end point and shoot camera that will appeal to those looking for high quality images from a pocket and budget-friendly camera. Particularly impressive are its sleek looks and the 10x zoom range.

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Ricoh CX5 camera


There are not a lot of differences between the new Ricoh CX5 camera and the Ricoh CX4 that preceded it. Both cameras enjoy a 10-megapixel CMOS sensor ...

10.7x optical zoom, strong build quality, excellent macro capability, fun creative modes, supports EyeFi SD cards

Tracking autofocus was a little too jumpy, auto white balance wasn't always accurate, noticeable noise above ISO 400

The Ricoh CX5 is a little bigger than a typical compact camera, but it packs a versatile 10.7x zoom lens that's also great for macros. We love the CX5's build quality and controls, and its 3in screen is super-sharp and bright. It can take clear and...

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Ricoh CX5 review


The Ricoh CX5 is a digital camera with a 10Mp sensor, strong image quality and some subtle upgrades from its predecessor. Updated, 8 June 2011

The Ricoh CX5 is better built than some of its rivals, and we can’t argue with the responsive focus and zoom. However, this camera is outclassed by both the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 and can't handle low-light situations...

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Ricoh CX5 Review


A solid, dependable and versatile superzoom compact, but doesn't do enough to outshine big name rivals

Ricoh might not be the la-di-da big name in the camera world, but it has been turning out lovely compact snappers for years – and this new superzoom is no exception.The fifth model in the CX series,

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Ricoh CX5


The Ricoh CX5 is a well-built camera with a few design and implementation flaws that might dissuade newcomers to the brand from picking up an otherwise good device.

Quick, effective AF ; Excellent macro performance ; Eye-Fi compatibility ; Now has HDMI-out

No RAW ; No manual controls ; ISO performance over 200 needs work ; Design flaws mean the camera slips out of hand easily

Ricoh is most definitely a niche camera brand, and it appeals to a particular sub-section of photographers. Class-leading features like quick autofocus and a bright screen don't always make up for the lack of other essential options like RAW capture...

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Ricoh CX5 Digital Camera


A company perhaps better known for photocopiers and large printers but they have produced digital cameras for a while. However this is the first of their units to have come my way, but all decent recent units have similar features.

The Ricoh CX5 is available from the link below for £247.95 with free delivery

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Ricoh CX5


A minor upgrade to the CX4 model with faster autofocusing, three new scene pre-sets and two new colour options.Aside from cosmetic modifications, nothing much has changed in Ricoh's CX series of slimline digicams since the CX3 was released early last...

From a subjective viewpoint, the CX5's overall performance was almost indistinguishable from the CX4's, although its autofocusing system was slightly faster and more accurate. However, it tended to hunt when shooting close-ups of moving subjects,...


Product Specifications


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: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready / WITH EYE-FI

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-100
Battery Type:Ricoh DB-100


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