- 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 80 - 3200
- Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 28-300mm (F3.5-5.6) lens
- 206g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
- Revealed June 2010
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Ricoh CX3 overview
Ricoh CX3 is Ricoh's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first announced on June of 2010. The camera features a 10MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.
The CX3 stands at #223 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all-around #984 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. You can look at our Smart camera search to see camera rankings based on your personal requirements.
Here is a graph of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Ricoh CX3 history
The Ricoh CX3 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the full list underneath.
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Ricoh CX3 Gallery
You can view the CX3 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Ricoh CX3 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of pluses and minuses of the Ricoh CX3 based on things which are normally seen as useful in a digital camera.
Ricoh CX3 Sensor specs
The Ricoh CX3 is run by the Smooth Imaging Engine IV processor chip. The sensor specification in the Ricoh CX3 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 10MP and includes a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not supported so you have less margin for error.
The image underneath shows the CX3's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The CX3 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Ricoh CX3 dimensions
Ricoh CX3 has a weight of 0.45 lb (206g / 7.27 ounces) & has exterior dimensions of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the Ricoh CX3 is lighter compared to various competitors.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
Here is a image of the Ricoh CX3 besides a soda so you're able to get a feel for its size.
The top view under will show you the button layout on the CX3.
Ricoh CX3 Lens details
The CX3 offers a built in lens giving a focal range of 28-300mm giving it a 10.7 x zoom which isn't really outstanding however it can be convenient in certain situations.
At it's widest 28mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.5 and that is really sluggish and not good for low light conditions and you will likely struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You could also have to increase your ISO setting producing noisy photos. For the long end, 300mm is great zoom and comes with f5.6 making it quite sluggish and you would have to choose slower shutter speeds.
Ricoh CX3 Connectivity
The CX3 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to transfer images and sometimes alter camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.
Several apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.
Ricoh CX3 Video details
The highest video quality in the Ricoh CX3 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low for today's requirements. You should really try to get a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The body doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone jack so you get zero control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to purchase an alternative model should you need better audio for your videos.
Ricoh CX3 Weather Sealing
Ricoh CX3 doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions might affect the camera.
Ricoh CX3 Screen and Viewfinder
The Ricoh CX3 features a 3 inch fixed display with a resolution of 920 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The ViewFinder specifications for Ricoh CX3 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders will be rather useful.
Ricoh CX3 Shutter details
The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Ricoh CX3 Flash and Hot shoe details
Ricoh CX3 comes with just built in flash with no external flash ability.
Ricoh CX3 Autofocusing details
Ricoh CX3 comes with only Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & precise compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.
Ricoh CX3 boasts manual focus in case it is needed for low light scenarios or you want more exact control on focus.
Ricoh CX3 Battery life
The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the highest (600) battery life for this kind of cameras.
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Ricoh CX3 for various forms of photography
The following graph presents a summation of the Ricoh CX3 for various forms of photography. To find out more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Ricoh CX3 Portrait photography factors
The Ricoh CX3 receives a points total of 27 which is terrible, and means the camera is simply not appropriate for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support in addition to the ability to utilize external flash.
Ricoh CX3 as a Street photography camera
With a above average points tally of 61, the Ricoh CX3 is a fine pick to use in street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Ricoh CX3 Sports photography features
A terrible sports photography points tally of 27 suggests the Ricoh CX3 is simply not appropriate for photographing sports. A camera really should have fantastic focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Ricoh CX3
Portability is really crucial in picking a camera for travel. Overall, the Ricoh CX3 gets a above average 66 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine fit to buy for your vacations.
Ricoh CX3 as a Landscape photography camera
For anybody who is planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Ricoh CX3 and it's terrible grade of 42 as a landscape camera is simply not appropriate compared to its competitors.
Ricoh CX3 Vlogging highlights
A camera for vlogging should really offer a moving screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Ricoh CX3 is simply not appropriate for vlogging as it gets a terrible rating of 30.
Ricoh CX3 Alternatives
If you are interested in alternatives to the CX3, below is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The graph just below offers you a summary of the CX3 versus it's top ranked competitors suggested above.
These are various other cameras you may have a look at as alternate options. To look at a complete comparison, just click on the "compare" link.