Ricoh CX2 overview
Ricoh CX2 is Ricoh's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first launched on August of 2009. The camera uses a 9MP, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 3456 x 2592.
The CX2 is positioned #228 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all-around #1004 out of 1428 for cameras in our database. Remember to try out our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your custom criteria.
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Ricoh CX2 history
The Ricoh CX2 is part of a family of products. You can see the detailed list below.
Ricoh CX2 Gallery
You can view the CX2 from various angles in the gallery below.
Ricoh CX2 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of benefits and drawbacks of the Ricoh CX2 based on criterias that are usually viewed as essential in a digital camera.
Ricoh CX2 Sensor features
The Ricoh CX2 houses the Smooth Imaging Engine IV processor chip. The sensor size on the Ricoh CX2 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 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 better than digital stabilization since the latter may produce cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CMOS sensor boasts 9 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 80 to 1600. Sadly, RAW files are not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.
The image below illustrates the CX2's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The CX2 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Ricoh CX2 dimensions
Ricoh CX2 weighs 0.41 pounds (185 gr or 6.53 ounces) and the size of the camera is 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Ricoh CX2 is lighter compared to various rivals.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Listed below is a photo of the Ricoh CX2 besides a softdrink so you're able to have a sense of its size.
The top view below will highlight the button design on the CX2.
Ricoh CX2 Lens features
The CX2 offers a built in lens giving a focal range of 28-300mm giving it a 10.7 x zoom which is definitely not very good nevertheless it will definitely be invaluable in a few scenarios.
At it's widest 28mm, it offers an aperture of f3.5 making it kind of sluggish and not good in low light occasions and you will find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also have to boost your ISO setting resulting in noisy shots. At the long end, 300mm is terrific zoom and comes at f5.6 which is fairly slow and you will have to apply slower shutter speeds.
Ricoh CX2 Connectivity
The CX2 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send images and usually alter camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.
Several apps also allow a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.
Ricoh CX2 Video features
The maximum video quality on the Ricoh CX2 is 640 x 480 and it can save in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is awful by today's standards. You really should try to get a minimum FUll HD quality for good video. The body doesn't feature a mic or headphone port which means you have got zero control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to find an alternative camera should you need decent sound in your videos.
Ricoh CX2 Weather Sealing
Ricoh CX2 doesn't have weather sealing so damp conditions can affect the camera.
Ricoh CX2 Screen and Viewfinder
The Ricoh CX2 houses a 3" fixed display with a resolution of 920k dots.
Sadly the display isn't a touch screen.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder details regarding Ricoh CX2 are below:
- ViewFinder None
In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders will be particularly useful.
Ricoh CX2 Shutter features
The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Ricoh CX2 Flash and Hot shoe features
Ricoh CX2 includes just inbuilt flash without external flash ability.
Ricoh CX2 Autofocusing features
Ricoh CX2 includes only Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and precise compared to Contrast Based focusing.
Ricoh CX2 has the ability to use manual focusing in case it is needed in low light or you require more accurate focusing control.
Ricoh CX2 Battery life
The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the highest possible (600) battery life in this category of cameras.
Below is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the strongest battery life:
Ricoh CX2 for varying kinds of photography
The following diagram indicates a summation of the Ricoh CX2 for varying kinds of photography. To find out more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Portrait photography with Ricoh CX2
The Ricoh CX2 receives a points tally of 26 which is terrible, and means the camera is not acceptable for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support plus the flexibility to use off-camera lighting.
Ricoh CX2 Street photography information
With a very good rating of 61, the Ricoh CX2 is a good choice to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Ricoh CX2
A terrible sports photography points total of 26 means the Ricoh CX2 is not acceptable for photographing sports. A camera really should have great tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Ricoh CX2 Travel photography information
Portability is extremely crucial when selecting a travel camera. Over-all, the Ricoh CX2 gets a above average 66 as a travel camera which is a good fit to take on your travels.
Ricoh CX2 Landscape photography advice
For anybody who is looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Ricoh CX2 at it's terrible grade of 42 for a landscape camera is not acceptable among it's rivals.
Ricoh CX2 as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera should really have a articulating display screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Ricoh CX2 is not acceptable for vlogging as it receives a terrible score of 30.
Ricoh CX2 Alternatives
If you need alternatives to the CX2, here is a list of the top placed cameras that fall into the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The graph below gives you a bird's eye view of the CX2 compared to it's highest scored competitors mentioned above.
There are more cameras you may check out as alternatives. To go through a full comparison, click the "compare" link.