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 #175 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #1076 out of 1436 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.
Ricoh CX1 Gallery
You can view the CX1 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
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.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Below is a visual of the Ricoh CX1 alongside a soft drink so you can have a feel for its size.
The top view directly below will highlight the button layout on the CX1.
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.
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.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.
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.
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.
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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 26 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.