Ricoh CX5 vs Sony W810

Ricoh CX5 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810 front

Ricoh CX5 vs Sony W810 Key Specs

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
Sony W810
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-162mm (F3.5-6.5) lens
  • 111g - 97 x 56 x 21mm
  • Released January 2014
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Ricoh CX5 vs Sony W810 Overview

Below, we will be comparing the Ricoh CX5 vs Sony W810, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Ultracompact by brands Ricoh and Sony. There is a sizable difference among the sensor resolutions of the CX5 (10MP) and W810 (20MP) but they come with the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The CX5 was revealed 3 years earlier than the W810 and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Ricoh CX5 being a Compact camera and the Sony W810 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before getting in to a in depth comparison, below is a brief introduction of how the CX5 matches up versus the W810 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Ricoh CX5 over the Sony W810

 CX5 W810 
Manually focus Dial exact focus
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution920k230kSharper screen (+690k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony W810 over the Ricoh CX5

 W810 CX5 
ReleasedJanuary 2014July 2011More recent by 30 months

Common features in the Ricoh CX5 and Sony W810

 CX5 W810 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch screen Neither contains Touch screen

Ricoh CX5 vs Sony W810 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to lug around your camera, you will want to take into account its weight and volume. The Ricoh CX5 has got exterior measurements of 102mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 205 grams (0.45 lbs) whilst the Sony W810 has sizing of 97mm x 56mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") and a weight of 111 grams (0.24 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you select at that time. The following is the front view measurement comparison of the CX5 vs the W810.

Ricoh CX5 vs Sony W810 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the CX5 and W810 is 92 and 96 respectively.

Ricoh CX5 vs Sony W810 top view buttons comparison

Ricoh CX5 vs Sony W810 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its difficult to see the difference in sensor measurements simply by viewing specifications. The photograph underneath may give you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the CX5 and W810.

Plainly, each of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same megapixels. You can expect the Sony W810 to render more detail because of its extra 10 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop shots much more aggressively. The older CX5 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Ricoh CX5 vs Sony W810 sensor size comparison

Ricoh CX5 vs Sony W810 Screen and ViewFinder

Ricoh CX5 vs Sony W810 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Ricoh CX5 Portrait photography features
Sony W810 Portrait photography features
you can focus manually
external flash not possible
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
decent MP (20 megapixels)
has face detection autofocus
no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Ricoh CX5 Street photography information
Sony W810 Street photography information
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition (205 grams)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Ricoh CX5 Sports photography info
Sony W810 Sports photography info
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow fps (5.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
MP count low (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
has tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Ricoh CX5
Travel photography with Sony W810
lighter than competition (205g)
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
very long zoom (300mm)
MP count low (10MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (27mm)
missing Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Ricoh CX5 Landscape photography factors
Sony W810 Landscape photography factors
you can focus manually
decently wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
pretty wide (27mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Ricoh CX5 Vlogging factors
Sony W810 Vlogging factors
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition (205g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external microphone jack
pretty wide (27mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external microphone socket
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Ricoh CX5 vs Sony W810 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Ricoh CX5 and Sony W810
 Ricoh CX5Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810
General Information
Brand Ricoh Sony
Model Ricoh CX5 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Ultracompact
Revealed 2011-07-19 2014-01-07
Physical type Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by Smooth Imaging Engine IV -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
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 10 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 5152 x 3864
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross focus points - -
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-300mm (10.7x) 27-162mm (6.0x)
Max aperture f/3.5-5.6 f/3.5-6.5
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 2.7"
Resolution of screen 920k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen tech - Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Lowest shutter speed 8s 2s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1500s
Continuous shooting rate 5.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.00 m 3.20 m (with ISO auto)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 205 gr (0.45 lbs) 111 gr (0.24 lbs)
Dimensions 102 x 59 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") 97 x 56 x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8")
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
Battery life - 200 photos
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery model DB-100 NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2, 10 or Custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC card, Internal Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo, microSD/microSDHC
Card slots 1 1
Launch price $399 $100