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Canon SX30 IS vs Ricoh CX2

Portability
64
Imaging
37
Features
42
Overall
39
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS front
 
Ricoh CX2 front
Portability
93
Imaging
32
Features
35
Overall
33

Canon SX30 IS vs Ricoh CX2 Key Specs

Canon SX30 IS
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-840mm (F2.7-5.8) lens
  • 601g - 123 x 92 x 108mm
  • Released September 2010
  • Succeeded the Canon SX20 IS
  • New Model is Canon SX40 HS
Ricoh CX2
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-300mm (F3.5-5.6) lens
  • 185g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
  • Launched August 2009
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Canon SX30 IS vs Ricoh CX2 Overview

Let's take a more detailed look at the Canon SX30 IS and Ricoh CX2, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by competitors Canon and Ricoh. There is a sizable difference among the sensor resolutions of the SX30 IS (14MP) and CX2 (9MP) but they use the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The SX30 IS was brought out 13 months after the CX2 making the cameras a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Canon SX30 IS being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Ricoh CX2 being a Compact camera.

Before getting straight into a detailed comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the SX30 IS matches up versus the CX2 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX30 IS over the Ricoh CX2

 SX30 IS CX2 
LaunchedSeptember 2010August 2009Newer by 13 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Ricoh CX2 over the Canon SX30 IS

 CX2 SX30 IS 
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution920k230kClearer display (+690k dot)

Common features in the Canon SX30 IS and Ricoh CX2

 SX30 IS CX2 
Manually focus Very precise focusing
Touch friendly display Neither has Touch friendly display

Canon SX30 IS vs Ricoh CX2 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to travel with your camera regularly, you'll have to factor its weight and proportions. The Canon SX30 IS has exterior dimensions of 123mm x 92mm x 108mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 4.3") with a weight of 601 grams (1.32 lbs) whilst the Ricoh CX2 has measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") along with a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs).

Examine the Canon SX30 IS and Ricoh CX2 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the SX30 IS against the CX2.

Canon SX30 IS vs Ricoh CX2 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the SX30 IS and CX2 is 64 and 93 respectively.

Canon SX30 IS vs Ricoh CX2 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX30 IS vs Ricoh CX2 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its hard to visualize the difference in sensor dimensions merely by looking through a spec sheet. The image underneath may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the SX30 IS and CX2.

As you can see, both of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different resolution. You can expect to see the Canon SX30 IS to render more detail having its extra 5MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The more modern SX30 IS should have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Canon SX30 IS vs Ricoh CX2 sensor size comparison

Canon SX30 IS vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX30 IS vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX30 IS Portrait photography info
Ricoh CX2 Portrait photography info
42
has manual focus
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
25
has manual focus
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
low MP (9 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon SX30 IS Street photography information
Ricoh CX2 Street photography information
49
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
more heavy than competition (601 grams)
61
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (185 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon SX30 IS
Sports photography with Ricoh CX2
43
great zoom range (24-840mm 35.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
low frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
26
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (9 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX30 IS Travel photography info
Ricoh CX2 Travel photography info
58
MP count decent (14MP)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
pretty wide (24mm)
long zoom (840mm)
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (601g)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
66
lighter than competitors in class (185 grams)
has built in flash
quite wide (28mm)
very long zoom (300mm)
low MP (9MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon SX30 IS
Landscape photography with Ricoh CX2
41
has manual focus
pretty wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14MP)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
missing Timelapse recording
42
has manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
low MP (9 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX30 IS Vlogging features
Ricoh CX2 Vlogging features
50
pretty wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external microphone jack
more heavy than competition (601g)
30
quite wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (185 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
missing mic jack
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Canon SX30 IS vs Ricoh CX2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX30 IS and Ricoh CX2
 Canon PowerShot SX30 ISRicoh CX2
General Information
Make Canon Ricoh
Model Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Ricoh CX2
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2010-09-14 2009-08-20
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 4 Smooth Imaging Engine IV
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 9MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 3456 x 2592
Highest native ISO 1600 1600
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-840mm (35.0x) 28-300mm (10.7x)
Maximal aperture f/2.7-5.8 f/3.5-5.6
Macro focus range 0cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15s 8s
Highest shutter speed 1/3200s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.80 m 3.00 m (ISO 400)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 601 grams (1.32 lbs) 185 grams (0.41 lbs)
Dimensions 123 x 92 x 108mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 4.3") 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery model NB-7L DB-70
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Price at launch $400 $341