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Nikon L610 vs Ricoh CX2

Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
33
Overall
37
Nikon Coolpix L610 front
 
Ricoh CX2 front
Portability
93
Imaging
32
Features
35
Overall
33

Nikon L610 vs Ricoh CX2 Key Specs

Nikon L610
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-350mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 240g - 108 x 69 x 34mm
  • Revealed August 2012
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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Nikon L610 vs Ricoh CX2 Overview

Here is a comprehensive analysis of the Nikon L610 versus Ricoh CX2, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by rivals Nikon and Ricoh. There is a sizable difference between the sensor resolutions of the L610 (16MP) and CX2 (9MP) but both cameras offer the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The L610 was revealed 3 years later than the CX2 and that is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving straight to a detailed comparison, here is a short view of how the L610 matches up against the CX2 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L610 over the Ricoh CX2

 L610 CX2 
AnnouncedAugust 2012August 2009Fresher by 37 months

Reasons to pick Ricoh CX2 over the Nikon L610

 CX2 L610 
Manually focus Very accurate focus
Display resolution920k460kClearer display (+460k dot)

Common features in the Nikon L610 and Ricoh CX2

 L610 CX2 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display sizing
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither contains Touch friendly display

Nikon L610 vs Ricoh CX2 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to carry your camera regularly, you'll need to think about its weight and proportions. The Nikon L610 has got external measurements of 108mm x 69mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") and a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs) while the Ricoh CX2 has measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon L610 versus 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 select at the time. Below is a front view size comparison of the L610 versus the CX2.

Nikon L610 vs Ricoh CX2 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the L610 and CX2 is 90 and 93 respectively.

Nikon L610 vs Ricoh CX2 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L610 vs Ricoh CX2 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very difficult to visualize the contrast between sensor sizing simply by looking at specs. The photograph below will help give you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the L610 and CX2.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras come with the identical sensor size but different resolution. You can expect to see the Nikon L610 to give you greater detail because of its extra 7MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The more recent L610 provides an advantage in sensor technology.

Nikon L610 vs Ricoh CX2 sensor size comparison

Nikon L610 vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L610 vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon L610
Portrait photography with Ricoh CX2
30
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
25
you can focus manually
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
low MP (9MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon L610 Street photography information
Ricoh CX2 Street photography information
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (240 grams)
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
61
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others in class (185 grams)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L610 Sports photography advice
Ricoh CX2 Sports photography advice
45
excellent zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
high shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery (120 per charge)
no phase detect autofocus
26
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (9 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L610 Travel photography details
Ricoh CX2 Travel photography details
66
lighter than competition (240g)
good megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
very long zoom (350mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
bad battery (120 CIPA)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
66
lighter than others in class (185 grams)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
long zoom (300mm)
low MP (9MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L610 as a Landscape photography camera
Ricoh CX2 as a Landscape photography camera
41
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
manual exposure not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
bad battery (120 shots)
lack of Time Lapse function
42
you can focus manually
rather wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
low MP (9MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon L610
Vlogging with Ricoh CX2
33
relatively wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (240 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
lack of external mic port
30
rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others in class (185g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
missing external mic support
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Nikon L610 vs Ricoh CX2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L610 and Ricoh CX2
 Nikon Coolpix L610Ricoh CX2
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Ricoh
Model Nikon Coolpix L610 Ricoh CX2
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2012-08-09 2009-08-20
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - 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 16 megapixels 9 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 3456 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 3200 1600
Min native ISO 125 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
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
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-350mm (14.0x) 28-300mm (10.7x)
Maximal aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.5-5.6
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 460k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 8s
Highest shutter speed 1/6000s 1/2000s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 3.00 m (ISO 400)
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video file format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 240g (0.53 lbs) 185g (0.41 lbs)
Physical dimensions 108 x 69 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") 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 life 120 photographs -
Battery style AA -
Battery model 2 x AA DB-70
Self timer - Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $150 $341