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Panasonic FZ200 vs Ricoh CX2

Portability
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Imaging
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Features
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Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 front
 
Ricoh CX2 front
Portability
93
Imaging
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Features
35
Overall
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Ricoh CX2 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ200
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Released July 2012
  • Superseded the Panasonic FZ100
  • Newer Model is Panasonic FZ300
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
  • Introduced August 2009
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Ricoh CX2 Overview

Following is a complete assessment of the Panasonic FZ200 and Ricoh CX2, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by manufacturers Panasonic and Ricoh. There is a sizable difference between the sensor resolutions of the FZ200 (12MP) and CX2 (9MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The FZ200 was launched 2 years after the CX2 which is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic FZ200 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Ricoh CX2 being a Compact camera.

Before getting straight into a thorough comparison, below is a simple view of how the FZ200 grades versus the CX2 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ200 over the Ricoh CX2

 FZ200 CX2 
IntroducedJuly 2012August 2009More modern by 36 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Ricoh CX2 over the Panasonic FZ200

 CX2 FZ200 
Screen resolution920k460kCrisper screen (+460k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FZ200 and Ricoh CX2

 FZ200 CX2 
Manually focus More exact focusing
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Touch friendly screen Neither features Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FZ200 vs Ricoh CX2 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to carry around your camera frequently, you'll have to consider its weight and volume. The Panasonic FZ200 enjoys external dimensions of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") and a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) and the Ricoh CX2 has sizing of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") with a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic FZ200 and Ricoh CX2 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you select at that moment. Underneath is the front view size comparison of the FZ200 compared to the CX2.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Ricoh CX2 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the FZ200 and CX2 is 65 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Ricoh CX2 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Ricoh CX2 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be hard to imagine the contrast between sensor sizes simply by reading through specs. The pic here may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the FZ200 and CX2.

All in all, both of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different resolution. You can count on the Panasonic FZ200 to give you more detail utilizing its extra 3 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop pictures much more aggressively. The younger FZ200 should have a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Ricoh CX2 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ200 vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Portrait photography features
Ricoh CX2 Portrait photography features
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focusing manually
flash sync is higher than normal (1/4,000s)
comes with face detect focus
supports RAW formats
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
25
you can focus manually
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Street photography info
Ricoh CX2 Street photography info
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screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
heavier than competitors in class (588g)
61
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others (185 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FZ200
Sports photography with Ricoh CX2
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excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking focus
great battery pack (540 shots)
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 as a Travel photography camera
Ricoh CX2 as a Travel photography camera
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great battery pack (540 CIPA)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
pretty wide (25mm)
long reach (600mm)
no Time Lapse recording
heavier than competitors in class (588g)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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lighter than others (185 grams)
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
great zoom (300mm)
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Landscape photography info
Ricoh CX2 Landscape photography info
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focusing manually
pretty wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
great battery pack (540 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
megapixel count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no Time Lapse recording
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you can focus manually
really wide (28mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual mode
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FZ200
Vlogging with Ricoh CX2
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pretty wide (25mm)
selfie friendly display
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have mic jack
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than competitors in class (588g)
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really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than others (185g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
missing external mic socket
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Ricoh CX2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ200 and Ricoh CX2
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200Ricoh CX2
General Information
Make Panasonic Ricoh
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Ricoh CX2
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2012-07-18 2009-08-20
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine VII FHD Smooth Imaging Engine IV
Sensor type CMOS 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 12 megapixel 9 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 3456 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 3200 1600
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 23 -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 28-300mm (10.7x)
Max aperture f/2.8 f/3.5-5.6
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,312k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 8 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 12.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 13.50 m 3.00 m (ISO 400)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/4000 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (240, 120, 30, 25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 588 grams (1.30 lb) 185 grams (0.41 lb)
Dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 37 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 19.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light score 114 not tested
Other
Battery life 540 shots -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model - DB-70
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $499 $341