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Nikon L840 vs Ricoh CX2

Portability
67
Imaging
41
Features
48
Overall
43
Nikon Coolpix L840 front
 
Ricoh CX2 front
Portability
93
Imaging
32
Features
35
Overall
33

Nikon L840 vs Ricoh CX2 Key Specs

Nikon L840
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-855mm (F3.0-6.5) lens
  • 538g - 114 x 89 x 96mm
  • Launched February 2015
  • Previous Model is Nikon L830
Ricoh CX2
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • 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 L840 vs Ricoh CX2 Overview

Lets take a deeper look at the Nikon L840 and Ricoh CX2, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by manufacturers Nikon and Ricoh. There exists a huge gap among the image resolutions of the L840 (16MP) and CX2 (9MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The L840 was announced 5 years after the CX2 which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Nikon L840 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Ricoh CX2 being a Compact camera.

Before delving right into a in depth comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the L840 grades against the CX2 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L840 over the Ricoh CX2

 L840 CX2 
AnnouncedFebruary 2015August 2009More modern by 67 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution921k920kCrisper screen (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Ricoh CX2 over the Nikon L840

 CX2 L840 
Focus manually More accurate focus

Common features in the Nikon L840 and Ricoh CX2

 L840 CX2 
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurement
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Nikon L840 vs Ricoh CX2 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry around your camera regularly, you will have to factor in its weight and volume. The Nikon L840 has got external measurements of 114mm x 89mm x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8") along with a weight of 538 grams (1.19 lbs) and the Ricoh CX2 has sizing of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") along with a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon L840 and Ricoh CX2 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Here is a front view over all size comparison of the L840 versus the CX2.

Nikon L840 vs Ricoh CX2 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the L840 and CX2 is 67 and 93 respectively.

Nikon L840 vs Ricoh CX2 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L840 vs Ricoh CX2 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very tough to envision the contrast in sensor sizes just by going through specs. The picture below will offer you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the L840 and CX2.

As you can plainly see, both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same megapixels. You should expect the Nikon L840 to provide more detail with its extra 7 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop photographs more aggressively. The newer L840 will have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon L840 vs Ricoh CX2 sensor size comparison

Nikon L840 vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L840 vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L840 Portrait photography information
Ricoh CX2 Portrait photography information
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decent MP (16 megapixels)
has face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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has manual focus
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor resolution not great (9 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon L840
Street photography with Ricoh CX2
51
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
heavier than competition (538 grams)
61
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others in class (185 grams)
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L840 as a Sports photography camera
Ricoh CX2 as a Sports photography camera
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long zoom range (23-855mm 37.2 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
great battery (590 CIPA)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
26
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution not great (9MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L840 as a Travel photography camera
Ricoh CX2 as a Travel photography camera
57
great battery (590 per charge)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (23mm)
long reach (855mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than competition (538 grams)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
66
lighter than others in class (185 grams)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
long zoom (300mm)
sensor resolution not great (9 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L840 Landscape photography info
Ricoh CX2 Landscape photography info
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reasonably wide (23mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
great battery (590 CIPA)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
manual mode not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse function
42
has manual focus
really wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual mode
sensor resolution not great (9MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L840 Vlogging information
Ricoh CX2 Vlogging information
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reasonably wide (23mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
doesn't have mic socket
heavier than competition (538 grams)
30
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others in class (185g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (640 x 480 pxls)
does not have external microphone support
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Nikon L840 vs Ricoh CX2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L840 and Ricoh CX2
 Nikon Coolpix L840Ricoh CX2
General Information
Brand Nikon Ricoh
Model Nikon Coolpix L840 Ricoh CX2
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2015-02-10 2009-08-20
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Smooth Imaging Engine IV
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 9MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 3456 x 2592
Highest native ISO 6400 1600
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 23-855mm (37.2x) 28-300mm (10.7x)
Highest aperture f/3.0-6.5 f/3.5-5.6
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 921 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 8 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 7.4 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.90 m (at Auto ISO) 3.00 m (ISO 400)
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 538g (1.19 lb) 185g (0.41 lb)
Physical dimensions 114 x 89 x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8") 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 590 pictures -
Style of battery AA -
Battery model - DB-70
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SC/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch price $400 $341