Ricoh CX4 vs Samsung NX30

Ricoh CX4 front
Samsung NX30 front

Ricoh CX4 vs Samsung NX30 Key Specs

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
  • Announced August 2010
Samsung NX30
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 375g - 127 x 96 x 58mm
  • Announced January 2014
  • Superseded the Samsung NX20
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Ricoh CX4 vs Samsung NX30 Overview

Its time to look more closely at the Ricoh CX4 vs Samsung NX30, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless by manufacturers Ricoh and Samsung. There is a sizeable difference between the image resolutions of the CX4 (10MP) and NX30 (20MP) and the CX4 (1/2.3") and NX30 (APS-C) use totally different sensor dimensions.

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The CX4 was revealed 4 years before the NX30 which is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Ricoh CX4 being a Compact camera and the Samsung NX30 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting straight into a full comparison, below is a simple view of how the CX4 grades versus the NX30 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh CX4 over the Samsung NX30

 CX4 NX30 

Reasons to pick Samsung NX30 over the Ricoh CX4

 NX30 CX4 
AnnouncedJanuary 2014August 2010More modern by 41 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1036k920kCrisper screen (+116k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Ricoh CX4 and Samsung NX30

 CX4 NX30 
Manually focus Very accurate focus
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen sizing

Ricoh CX4 vs Samsung NX30 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry around your camera, you are going to need to take into account its weight and size. The Ricoh CX4 provides outside dimensions of 102mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") with a weight of 205 grams (0.45 lbs) whilst the Samsung NX30 has specifications of 127mm x 96mm x 58mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.3") and a weight of 375 grams (0.83 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are working with at that moment. Below is the front view dimensions comparison of the CX4 against the NX30.

Ricoh CX4 vs Samsung NX30 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the CX4 and NX30 is 92 and 75 respectively.

Ricoh CX4 vs Samsung NX30 top view buttons comparison

Ricoh CX4 vs Samsung NX30 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be tough to envision the difference between sensor sizes just by looking at specs. The picture below will offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the CX4 and NX30.

All in all, the two cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The CX4 having a tinier sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field harder and the Samsung NX30 will resolve greater detail because of its extra 10MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The more aged CX4 is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Ricoh CX4 vs Samsung NX30 sensor size comparison

Ricoh CX4 vs Samsung NX30 Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh CX4 vs Samsung NX30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Ricoh CX4 Portrait photography info
Samsung NX30 Portrait photography info
manual focus
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
focusing manually
decent MP (20MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Ricoh CX4 as a Street photography camera
Samsung NX30 as a Street photography camera
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition (205g)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
screen can move to multiple angles
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
provides touch focus
great high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Ricoh CX4 as a Sports photography camera
Samsung NX30 as a Sports photography camera
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
max fps low (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
decent MP (20MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
comes with phase detect autofocus
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Ricoh CX4 Travel photography details
Samsung NX30 Travel photography details
lighter than competition (205g)
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
great reach (300mm)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
provides touch focus
decent MP (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
lack of Timelapse function
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Ricoh CX4
Landscape photography with Samsung NX30
manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not possible
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
focusing manually
swap lenses (Samsung NX mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
great high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
does not have image stabilization
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh CX4 Vlogging information
Samsung NX30 Vlogging information
relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition (205 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external mic jack
selfie friendly display
built-in touchscreen
comes with face detect autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have microphone support
does not have image stabilization
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Ricoh CX4 vs Samsung NX30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh CX4 and Samsung NX30
 Ricoh CX4Samsung NX30
General Information
Brand Name Ricoh Samsung
Model Ricoh CX4 Samsung NX30
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced Mirrorless
Announced 2010-08-19 2014-01-03
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Smooth Imaging Engine IV DRIMeIV
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2736 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 3200 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points - 247
Cross focus points - -
Lens mounting type fixed lens Samsung NX
Lens focal range 28-300mm (10.7x) -
Largest aperture f/3.5-5.6 -
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Available lenses - 32
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Type of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 920k dots 1,036k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen tech - AMOLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.66x
Minimum shutter speed 8 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 5.0 frames/s 9.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.00 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync -
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 205 grams (0.45 pounds) 375 grams (0.83 pounds)
Dimensions 102 x 59 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") 127 x 96 x 58mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 77
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.5
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.4
DXO Low light score not tested 1014
Battery life - 360 photos
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery model DB-100 BP1410
Self timer Yes (2, 10 or Custom) Yes (2 - 30 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal SD, SDHC, SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at release $211 $699