Panasonic ZS70 vs Ricoh CX2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 front
Ricoh CX2 front

Panasonic ZS70 vs Ricoh CX2 Key Specs

Panasonic ZS70
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 322g - 112 x 67 x 41mm
  • Announced April 2017
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-TZ90
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic ZS60
  • Successor is Panasonic ZS80
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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Panasonic ZS70 vs Ricoh CX2 Overview

On this page, we are comparing the Panasonic ZS70 versus Ricoh CX2, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by brands Panasonic and Ricoh. There exists a significant gap between the sensor resolutions of the ZS70 (20MP) and CX2 (9MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The ZS70 was released 7 years after the CX2 which is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go into a in depth comparison, here is a brief summation of how the ZS70 scores versus the CX2 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS70 over the Ricoh CX2

 ZS70 CX2 
AnnouncedApril 2017August 2009More modern by 94 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1040k920kCrisper display (+120k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Ricoh CX2 over the Panasonic ZS70

 CX2 ZS70 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS70 and Ricoh CX2

 ZS70 CX2 
Manually focus More exact focusing
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurements

Panasonic ZS70 vs Ricoh CX2 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry around your camera, you'll have to factor its weight and size. The Panasonic ZS70 comes with outside dimensions of 112mm x 67mm x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") having a weight of 322 grams (0.71 lbs) while the Ricoh CX2 has specifications of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs).

Check out the Panasonic ZS70 versus Ricoh CX2 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you choose at that time. Following is a front view measurement comparison of the ZS70 versus the CX2.

Panasonic ZS70 vs Ricoh CX2 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the ZS70 and CX2 is 87 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic ZS70 vs Ricoh CX2 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS70 vs Ricoh CX2 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's difficult to imagine the contrast between sensor sizes merely by going over specifications. The picture here should offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the ZS70 and CX2.

To sum up, both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different MP. You should anticipate the Panasonic ZS70 to offer you extra detail as a result of its extra 11 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop images more aggressively. The more modern ZS70 provides a benefit in sensor technology.

Panasonic ZS70 vs Ricoh CX2 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS70 vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS70 vs Ricoh CX2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Portrait photography information
Ricoh CX2 Portrait photography information
manual focus
decent MP (20 megapixels)
comes with face detection focus
exports RAW files
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
manual focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
low megapixels (9MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic ZS70
Street photography with Ricoh CX2
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
offers touch to focus
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (185 grams)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Sports photography highlights
Ricoh CX2 Sports photography highlights
incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
silent mode (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
better than average battery power (380 per charge)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lack of shutter priority mode
low megapixels (9MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Travel photography highlights
Ricoh CX2 Travel photography highlights
better than average battery power (380 shots)
offers touch to focus
decent MP (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
reasonably wide (24mm)
long zoom (720mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
lighter than competitors in class (185g)
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
long reach (300mm)
low megapixels (9 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 Landscape photography information
Ricoh CX2 Landscape photography information
manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
exports RAW files
better than average battery power (380 CIPA)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
manual focus
really wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
low megapixels (9MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS70 as a Vlogging camera
Ricoh CX2 as a Vlogging camera
reasonably wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
good video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
lack of external mic jack
really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (185g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
low quality video (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have mic socket
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Panasonic ZS70 vs Ricoh CX2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS70 and Ricoh CX2
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70Ricoh CX2
General Information
Company Panasonic Ricoh
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 Ricoh CX2
Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ90 -
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2017-04-19 2009-08-20
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine 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 20 megapixel 9 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 5184 x 3888 3456 x 2592
Highest native ISO 3200 1600
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 49 -
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-720mm (30.0x) 28-300mm (10.7x)
Maximum aperture f/3.3-6.4 f/3.5-5.6
Macro focusing range 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 1,040k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,166k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.46x -
Lowest shutter speed 4s 8s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Highest silent shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.60 m (at Auto ISO) 3.00 m (ISO 400)
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 322g (0.71 lbs) 185g (0.41 lbs)
Physical dimensions 112 x 67 x 41mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") 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 380 pictures -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID - DB-70
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 3 shots / 10 secs) Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch price $450 $341