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Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh CX5

Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
34
Overall
36
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 front
 
Ricoh CX5 front
Portability
92
Imaging
34
Features
35
Overall
34

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh CX5 Key Specs

Panasonic SZ5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 136g - 104 x 58 x 21mm
  • Revealed July 2012
Ricoh CX5
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-300mm (F3.5-5.6) lens
  • 205g - 102 x 59 x 29mm
  • Released July 2011
Photography Glossary

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh CX5 Overview

Below is a detailed assessment of the Panasonic SZ5 versus Ricoh CX5, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Panasonic and Ricoh. There exists a sizeable gap among the sensor resolutions of the SZ5 (14MP) and CX5 (10MP) but both cameras boast the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The SZ5 was announced 13 months later than the CX5 making them a generation apart from one another. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a simple view of how the SZ5 grades versus the CX5 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ5 over the Ricoh CX5

 SZ5 CX5 
ReleasedJuly 2012July 2011More recent by 13 months

Reasons to pick Ricoh CX5 over the Panasonic SZ5

 CX5 SZ5 
Manual focus More precise focus
Display resolution920k230kCrisper display (+690k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic SZ5 and Ricoh CX5

 SZ5 CX5 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display measurement
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither features Touch friendly display

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh CX5 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to lug around your camera frequently, you have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Panasonic SZ5 enjoys outer measurements of 104mm x 58mm x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") having a weight of 136 grams (0.30 lbs) and the Ricoh CX5 has measurements of 102mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 205 grams (0.45 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have chosen at that time. Below is a front view overall size comparison of the SZ5 against the CX5.

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh CX5 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the SZ5 and CX5 is 95 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh CX5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh CX5 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's difficult to visualize the contrast in sensor measurements merely by viewing a spec sheet. The photograph underneath will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the SZ5 and CX5.

As you can see, both of those cameras come with the identical sensor size but different MP. You should anticipate the Panasonic SZ5 to render extra detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop images a good deal more aggressively. The newer SZ5 provides an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh CX5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh CX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh CX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic SZ5
Portrait photography with Ricoh CX5
34
good MP (14MP)
features face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
28
has manual focus
no external flash support
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 Street photography information
Ricoh CX5 Street photography information
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (136 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (205g)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 Sports photography highlights
Ricoh CX5 Sports photography highlights
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14 megapixels)
features tracking focus
low fps (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
25
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
max frames per second low (5.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 Travel photography information
Ricoh CX5 Travel photography information
70
lighter than others (136g)
good MP (14MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
great reach (250mm)
missing Timelapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
66
lighter than competition in class (205 grams)
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
long reach (300mm)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 as a Landscape photography camera
Ricoh CX5 as a Landscape photography camera
42
fairly wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14MP)
lack of manual focus
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
manual mode not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
missing Timelapse recording
45
has manual focus
really wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic SZ5 Vlogging information
Ricoh CX5 Vlogging information
32
fairly wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect autofocus
lighter than others (136 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone jack
30
really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (205g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing microphone socket
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Panasonic SZ5 vs Ricoh CX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic SZ5 and Ricoh CX5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5Ricoh CX5
General Information
Make Panasonic Ricoh
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 Ricoh CX5
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2012-07-18 2011-07-19
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Smooth Imaging Engine IV
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 10MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Peak resolution 4320 x 3240 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Highest enhanced ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 23 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-250mm (10.0x) 28-300mm (10.7x)
Largest aperture f/3.1-5.9 f/3.5-5.6
Macro focusing range 5cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech TFT Screen LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 8 seconds 8 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.60 m 4.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720p ( 30,25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4 Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 136 gr (0.30 lb) 205 gr (0.45 lb)
Physical dimensions 104 x 58 x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") 102 x 59 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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
Other
Battery life 250 photos -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID - DB-100
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $195 $399