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Ricoh CX2 vs Sony WX70

Portability
93
Imaging
32
Features
35
Overall
33
Ricoh CX2 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70 front
Portability
97
Imaging
39
Features
46
Overall
41

Ricoh CX2 vs Sony WX70 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
  • Announced August 2009
Sony WX70
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.6-6.3) lens
  • 114g - 92 x 52 x 19mm
  • Announced January 2012
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Ricoh CX2 vs Sony WX70 Overview

Its time to look closer at the Ricoh CX2 versus Sony WX70, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Ricoh and Sony. There exists a huge gap among the image resolutions of the CX2 (9MP) and WX70 (16MP) but they feature the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The CX2 was announced 3 years before the WX70 which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving through a in depth comparison, below is a simple summation of how the CX2 scores against the WX70 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh CX2 over the Sony WX70

 CX2 WX70 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus

Reasons to pick Sony WX70 over the Ricoh CX2

 WX70 CX2 
AnnouncedJanuary 2012August 2009Newer by 29 months
Display resolution922k920kCrisper display (+2k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Ricoh CX2 and Sony WX70

 CX2 WX70 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Ricoh CX2 vs Sony WX70 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to travel with your camera regularly, you'll need to factor in its weight and volume. The Ricoh CX2 provides exterior measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs) and the Sony WX70 has sizing of 92mm x 52mm x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7") along with a weight of 114 grams (0.25 lbs).

Take a look at the Ricoh CX2 versus Sony WX70 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are employing during that time. Underneath is the front view measurement comparison of the CX2 versus the WX70.

Ricoh CX2 vs Sony WX70 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the CX2 and WX70 is 93 and 97 respectively.

Ricoh CX2 vs Sony WX70 top view buttons comparison

Ricoh CX2 vs Sony WX70 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be difficult to envision the contrast in sensor dimensions merely by researching technical specs. The picture here should provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the CX2 and WX70.

As you have seen, both cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You should expect to see the Sony WX70 to provide you with greater detail with its extra 7 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop images a little more aggressively. The more aged CX2 will be behind in sensor tech.

Ricoh CX2 vs Sony WX70 sensor size comparison

Ricoh CX2 vs Sony WX70 Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh CX2 vs Sony WX70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Ricoh CX2 Portrait photography factors
Sony WX70 Portrait photography factors
25
manual focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (9MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
34
good resolution (16 megapixels)
provides face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Ricoh CX2 Street photography features
Sony WX70 Street photography features
61
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than average in class (185 grams)
no moving screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
68
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features focus via touch
lighter than others in class (114g)
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Ricoh CX2 Sports photography features
Sony WX70 Sports photography features
26
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution low (9MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
44
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Ricoh CX2 Travel photography factors
Sony WX70 Travel photography factors
66
lighter than average in class (185 grams)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
very long reach (300mm)
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
71
lighter than others in class (114g)
features focus via touch
good resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
does not have Timelapse function
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Ricoh CX2 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony WX70 as a Landscape photography camera
42
manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
sensor resolution low (9MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
43
decently wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.6)
manual exposure not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh CX2 Vlogging factors
Sony WX70 Vlogging factors
30
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than average in class (185 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of microphone support
36
decently wide (25mm)
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others in class (114g)
slow max aperture (f2.6)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have microphone jack
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Ricoh CX2 vs Sony WX70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh CX2 and Sony WX70
 Ricoh CX2Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70
General Information
Manufacturer Ricoh Sony
Model type Ricoh CX2 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2009-08-20 2012-01-30
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Smooth Imaging Engine IV BIONZ
Sensor type CMOS BSI-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 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3456 x 2592 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 12800
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-300mm (10.7x) 25-125mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.5-5.6 f/2.6-6.3
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 920k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech - XtraFine TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed - 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.00 m (ISO 400) 5.30 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 185 grams (0.41 pounds) 114 grams (0.25 pounds)
Dimensions 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") 92 x 52 x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7")
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 life - 240 shots
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery ID DB-70 NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2, 10 or Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Retail price $341 $242