Canon SX70 HS vs Ricoh CX2

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS front
Ricoh CX2 front

Canon SX70 HS vs Ricoh CX2 Key Specs

Canon SX70 HS
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 21-1365mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 608g - 127 x 91 x 117mm
  • Launched September 2018
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
  • Announced August 2009
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Canon SX70 HS vs Ricoh CX2 Overview

Below is a complete assessment of the Canon SX70 HS and Ricoh CX2, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by rivals Canon and Ricoh. There is a large difference between the resolutions of the SX70 HS (20MP) and CX2 (9MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SX70 HS was manufactured 9 years later than the CX2 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Canon SX70 HS being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Ricoh CX2 being a Compact camera.

Before going straight to a in depth comparison, here is a quick highlight of how the SX70 HS grades vs the CX2 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX70 HS over the Ricoh CX2

 SX70 HS CX2 
AnnouncedSeptember 2018August 2009More recent by 111 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution922k920kClearer display (+2k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Ricoh CX2 over the Canon SX70 HS

 CX2 SX70 HS 

Common features in the Canon SX70 HS and Ricoh CX2

 SX70 HS CX2 
Focus manually More accurate focusing
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing
Touch display Missing Touch display

Canon SX70 HS vs Ricoh CX2 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you will need to consider its weight and measurements. The Canon SX70 HS offers external dimensions of 127mm x 91mm x 117mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 4.6") and a weight of 608 grams (1.34 lbs) whilst the Ricoh CX2 has proportions of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") having a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs).

Take a look at the Canon SX70 HS and Ricoh CX2 in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are using at the time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the SX70 HS against the CX2.

Canon SX70 HS vs Ricoh CX2 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the SX70 HS and CX2 is 63 and 93 respectively.

Canon SX70 HS vs Ricoh CX2 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX70 HS vs Ricoh CX2 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's difficult to picture the contrast between sensor measurements simply by going over specifications. The visual below should provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the SX70 HS and CX2.

To sum up, both of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions but different MP. You can anticipate the Canon SX70 HS to offer extra detail due to its extra 11MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop photos a bit more aggressively. The newer SX70 HS should have a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon SX70 HS vs Ricoh CX2 sensor size comparison

Canon SX70 HS vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX70 HS vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Portrait photography advice
Ricoh CX2 Portrait photography advice
you can focus manually
MP count good (20MP)
includes face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (9MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon SX70 HS as a Street photography camera
Ricoh CX2 as a Street photography camera
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition (608 grams)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition (185g)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Sports photography factors
Ricoh CX2 Sports photography factors
incredible zoom range (21-1365mm 65.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20MP)
includes tracking autofocus
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Travel photography advice
Ricoh CX2 Travel photography advice
has bluetooth
MP count good (20MP)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
fairly wide (21mm)
great reach (1365mm)
more heavy than competition (608g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
lighter than competition (185g)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
great reach (300mm)
sensor resolution low (9MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX70 HS Landscape photography advice
Ricoh CX2 Landscape photography advice
you can focus manually
fairly wide (21mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
delivers RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
sensor resolution low (9MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon SX70 HS
Vlogging with Ricoh CX2
fairly wide (21mm)
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with external microphone jack
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
more heavy than competition (608 grams)
reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition (185g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
no external mic port
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Canon SX70 HS vs Ricoh CX2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX70 HS and Ricoh CX2
 Canon PowerShot SX70 HSRicoh CX2
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Ricoh
Model type Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Ricoh CX2
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2018-09-20 2009-08-20
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 8 Smooth Imaging Engine IV
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 9MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 5184 x 3888 3456 x 2592
Max native ISO 3200 1600
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 9 -
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 21-1365mm (65.0x) 28-300mm (10.7x)
Largest aperture f/3.4-6.5 f/3.5-5.6
Macro focusing range 0cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 922 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Slowest shutter speed 15 secs 8 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.00 m (at Auto ISO) 3.00 m (ISO 400)
Flash settings Auto, on, slow sync, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 608g (1.34 lb) 185g (0.41 lb)
Physical dimensions 127 x 91 x 117mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 4.6") 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Battery life 325 images -
Style of battery Built-in -
Battery ID - DB-70
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I supported) SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $550 $341