Ricoh CX1

Ricoh CX1 front
  • 9MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-200mm (F3.3-5.2) lens
  • 180g - 102 x 58 x 28mm
  • Revealed February 2009
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Ricoh CX1 summary

Ricoh CX1 is Ricoh's Small Sensor Compact camera originally announced on February of 2009. It houses a 9 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 3456 x 2592.

The CX1 ranks at #167 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #1094 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please try our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your customized criteria.

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Ricoh CX1 family

The Ricoh CX1 is part of a family of products. You can read the full list below.

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Ricoh CX1 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of advantages and disadvantages of the Ricoh CX1 based on things that are typically regarded as crucial in a camera.

fairly wide (28mm)
flash built-in
focusing manually
good minimum ISO (80)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
high resolution screen (920 thousand dot)
in built zoom lens (28-200mm 7.1 x zoom)
nice screen size (3 inches)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
can't use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
lacks phase detect auto focus
lacks RAW support
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
no aperture priority mode
no articulating screen
no HDMI support
no headphone jack
no manual control
no microphone jack
no shutter priority
resolution not great (9 megapixels)
sluggish at full zoom (f5.2)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Ricoh CX1 Sensor information

The Ricoh CX1 is powered by the Smooth Imaging Engine IV processor chip. The spec of the sensor in the Ricoh CX1 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 3456 x 2592 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 9 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 80 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The picture below displays the CX1's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The CX1 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Ricoh CX1 dimensions

Ricoh CX1 weighs around 0.40 pounds (180g / 6.35 oz) and the size of the camera is 102mm x 58mm x 28mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Ricoh CX1 is similar compared with its rivals.

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Below is a visual of the Ricoh CX1 alongside a soft drink so you can have a feel for its size.

Ricoh CX1 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will highlight the button layout on the CX1.

Ricoh CX1 topview buttons dials

Ricoh CX1 Lens information

The CX1 has got a built-in lens giving a focal range of 28-200mm making it a 7.1 x zoom which is not at all very good however it might be convenient in some scenarios.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens offers an aperture of f3.3 making it rather sluggish and not very good in low light situations and you may struggle to capture good bokeh. You will probably also need to up your ISO producing noisy pictures. For the long end, 200mm comes at f5.2 making it very sluggish and you may have to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Ricoh CX1 Connectivity

The CX1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to transfer photos and oftentimes alter camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Some apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Ricoh CX1 Video information

The highest possible video resolution in the Ricoh CX1 is 640 x 480 and it can save in Motion JPEG format. 480p is awful by today's standards. You should really aim for at least FUll HD resolution for video. The body does not offer a mic and / or headphone port which means that you get zero control over your sound. It is probably best to look at a different camera should you want better sound in your video clips.

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Ricoh CX1 Weather Sealing

Ricoh CX1 does not have environment proofing so damp conditions can easily affect the camera.

Ricoh CX1 Display and Viewfinder

The Ricoh CX1 is equipped with a 3 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 920 thousand dots.

Please note that the display offers no touch support.

Ricoh CX1 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The View Finder specs regarding Ricoh CX1 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very useful for bright outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Ricoh CX1 Shutter information

The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Ricoh CX1 Flash and Hot shoe information

Ricoh CX1 includes just inbuilt flash with no external flash support.

Ricoh CX1 Autofocus information

Ricoh CX1 includes only Contrast Based Auto Focus and lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & accurate compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.

Ricoh CX1 includes manual focusing in case it is required for low light situations or you need more exact focusing control.

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Ricoh CX1 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the best (470) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Here is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the best battery life:

Ricoh CX1 for different kinds of photography

The following graph provides a summary of the Ricoh CX1 for different kinds of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section below.

Ricoh CX1 Portrait photography information

The Ricoh CX1 receives a rating of 25 which is terrible, meaning that it is not really suitable to use for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files and potential to work with off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (9MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

Ricoh CX1 as a Street photography camera

Having a moderate points tally of 55, the Ricoh CX1 is fairly suited to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Ricoh CX1 Sports photography details

A terrible sports photography rating of 26 suggests the Ricoh CX1 is not really suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have good autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (9 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF

Ricoh CX1 as a Travel photography camera

Size is extremely crucial in selecting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Ricoh CX1 gets a moderate 59 for a travelling camera which makes it relatively adequate to buy for your travels.

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has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)

Ricoh CX1 as a Landscape photography camera

For those who are planning to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect is going to be image quality. The Ricoh CX1 with it's terrible score of 42 for a landscape camera is not really suitable within the current market.

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focusing manually
relatively wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
no manual control
sensor resolution low (9MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Ricoh CX1 Vlogging info

A camera for vlogging should really posses a articulating display, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Ricoh CX1 is not really suitable for vlogging as it delivers a terrible score of 28.

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quite wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not posses selfie friendly display
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone support

Ricoh CX1 Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the CX1, below is a collection of the top placed cameras that fall within the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph underneath offers you an overview of the CX1 versus it's top scored competitors shown previously.

Following are additional cameras you may regard as alternative options. To read through a complete comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Ricoh CX1
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Smooth Imaging Engine IV
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
9 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Max resolution
3456 x 2592
RAW format
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-200mm (7.1x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inches
Resolution of display
920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
3.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
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)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
180g (0.40 lbs)
Physical dimensions
102 x 58 x 28mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots
Pricing at release