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Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX4

Portability
93
Imaging
32
Features
35
Overall
33
Ricoh CX2 front
 
Ricoh CX4 front
Portability
92
Imaging
34
Features
34
Overall
34

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX4 Key Specs

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
  • Released August 2009
Ricoh CX4
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • 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 August 2010
Photography Glossary

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX4 Overview

In this write-up, we will be comparing the Ricoh CX2 and Ricoh CX4, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both of them are built by Ricoh. The resolution of the CX2 (9MP) and the CX4 (10MP) is relatively similar and they enjoy the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The CX2 was released 12 months earlier than the CX4 which means that they are of a similar generation. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a detailed comparison, below is a brief summation of how the CX2 scores against the CX4 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh CX2 over the Ricoh CX4

 CX2 CX4 

Reasons to pick Ricoh CX4 over the Ricoh CX2

 CX4 CX2 
ReleasedAugust 2010August 2009Newer by 12 months

Common features in the Ricoh CX2 and Ricoh CX4

 CX2 CX4 
Focus manually More accurate focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurement
Screen resolution920k920kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX4 Physical Comparison

If you're going to travel with your camera, you'll need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Ricoh CX2 provides physical measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") along with a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs) and the Ricoh CX4 has dimensions 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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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are using during that time. The following is the front view sizing comparison of the CX2 vs the CX4.

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX4 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the CX2 and CX4 is 93 and 92 respectively.

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX4 top view buttons comparison

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX4 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be tough to see the gap between sensor dimensions only by reading a spec sheet. The image here should give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the CX2 and CX4.

As you can see, the 2 cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same megapixels. You should count on the Ricoh CX4 to offer you more detail as a result of its extra 1 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop pictures a little more aggressively. The more aged CX2 is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX4 sensor size comparison

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX4 Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Ricoh CX2 Portrait photography highlights
Ricoh CX4 Portrait photography highlights
25
manual focus
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
megapixel count low (9 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
27
manual focus
manual mode not available
no external flash support
MP count low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Ricoh CX2 Street photography information
Ricoh CX4 Street photography information
61
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (185g)
no moving screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (205 grams)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Ricoh CX2
Sports photography with Ricoh CX4
26
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lack of shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (9MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
25
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Ricoh CX2 Travel photography features
Ricoh CX4 Travel photography features
66
lighter than competitors in class (185 grams)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
long reach (300mm)
megapixel count low (9 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.5)
66
lighter than competition in class (205 grams)
has built in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
great reach (300mm)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Ricoh CX2 Landscape photography information
Ricoh CX4 Landscape photography information
42
manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not available
megapixel count low (9MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
42
manual focus
fairly wide (28mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
MP count low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh CX2 Vlogging features
Ricoh CX4 Vlogging features
30
decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (185g)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
no external mic socket
30
fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (205g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no mic support
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Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh CX2 and Ricoh CX4
 Ricoh CX2Ricoh CX4
General Information
Company Ricoh Ricoh
Model type Ricoh CX2 Ricoh CX4
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2009-08-20 2010-08-19
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Smooth Imaging Engine IV Smooth Imaging Engine IV
Sensor type CMOS BSI-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 9 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 3456 x 2592 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-300mm (10.7x) 28-300mm (10.7x)
Max aperture f/3.5-5.6 f/3.5-5.6
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 920k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8 secs 8 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate - 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.00 m (ISO 400) 4.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 185 gr (0.41 lbs) 205 gr (0.45 lbs)
Dimensions 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") 102 x 59 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
Other
Battery ID DB-70 DB-100
Self timer Yes (2, 10 or Custom) Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Retail cost $341 $211