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Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX5

Portability
93
Imaging
32
Features
35
Overall
33
Ricoh CX2 front
 
Ricoh CX5 front
Portability
92
Imaging
34
Features
35
Overall
34

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX5 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
  • Revealed August 2009
Ricoh CX5
(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
  • Revealed July 2011
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Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX5 Overview

Here, we will be comparing the Ricoh CX2 versus Ricoh CX5, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both of them are sold by Ricoh. The resolution of the CX2 (9MP) and the CX5 (10MP) is relatively similar and both cameras provide the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The CX2 was unveiled 23 months before the CX5 which makes them a generation apart from each other. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a short highlight of how the CX2 grades against the CX5 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh CX2 over the Ricoh CX5

 CX2 CX5 

Reasons to pick Ricoh CX5 over the Ricoh CX2

 CX5 CX2 
RevealedJuly 2011August 2009More recent by 23 months

Common features in the Ricoh CX2 and Ricoh CX5

 CX2 CX5 
Focus manually Dial accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurements
Screen resolution920k920kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch screen Neither contains Touch screen

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX5 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to lug around your camera, you are going to need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Ricoh CX2 has got outside measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") having a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs) whilst the Ricoh CX5 has measurements of 102mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") with a weight of 205 grams (0.45 lbs).

Take a look at the Ricoh CX2 versus Ricoh CX5 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you select at that time. The following is a front view physical size comparison of the CX2 vs the CX5.

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX5 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the CX2 and CX5 is 93 and 92 respectively.

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX5 top view buttons comparison

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX5 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's hard to envision the contrast between sensor measurements purely by going over specifications. The visual here may offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the CX2 and CX5.

Plainly, both of those cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit not the same megapixels. You can count on the Ricoh CX5 to offer you more detail having an extra 1 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop photographs way more aggressively. The older CX2 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX5 sensor size comparison

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Ricoh CX2 Portrait photography information
Ricoh CX5 Portrait photography information
25
you can focus manually
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (9MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
28
you can focus manually
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Ricoh CX2 Street photography info
Ricoh CX5 Street photography info
61
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (185g)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
61
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (205g)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Ricoh CX2 Sports photography advice
Ricoh CX5 Sports photography advice
26
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (9MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
25
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Ricoh CX2 Travel photography highlights
Ricoh CX5 Travel photography highlights
66
lighter than competitors in class (185 grams)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
long zoom (300mm)
megapixel count low (9 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
66
lighter than competition in class (205g)
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
great zoom (300mm)
megapixel count low (10MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Ricoh CX2
Landscape photography with Ricoh CX5
42
you can focus manually
fairly wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
megapixel count low (9 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
45
you can focus manually
relatively wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh CX2 Vlogging highlights
Ricoh CX5 Vlogging highlights
30
fairly wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (185 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
no external mic socket
30
relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (205g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone port
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Ricoh CX2 vs Ricoh CX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh CX2 and Ricoh CX5
 Ricoh CX2Ricoh CX5
General Information
Brand Name Ricoh Ricoh
Model Ricoh CX2 Ricoh CX5
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2009-08-20 2011-07-19
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Smooth Imaging Engine IV 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 9MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 3456 x 2592 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-300mm (10.7x) 28-300mm (10.7x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-5.6 f/3.5-5.6
Macro focus distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 920 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8s 8s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed - 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 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 metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 185g (0.41 pounds) 205g (0.45 pounds)
Physical 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 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 model DB-70 DB-100
Self timer Yes (2, 10 or Custom) Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Retail price $341 $399