- 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
- Released August 2010
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- Size Comparison
Ricoh CX4 summary
Ricoh CX4 is Ricoh's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially announced on August of 2010. It comes with a 10 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 3648 x 2736.
The CX4 is positioned #219 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and overall #979 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. Please use our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your personal requirements.
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Ricoh CX4 history
The Ricoh CX4 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can take a look at all past and newer models alongside important specifications.
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Ricoh CX4 Gallery
You can view the CX4 from different angles in the gallery here.
Ricoh CX4 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Ricoh CX4 based on things which are typically regarded as necessary in a digital camera.
Ricoh CX4 Sensor features
The Ricoh CX4 is run by the Smooth Imaging Engine IV chip. The specification of the sensor on the Ricoh CX4 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 3648 x 2736 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 10 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved so the user has less margin for error.
The image underneath illustrates the CX4's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The CX4 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Ricoh CX4 dimensions
Ricoh CX4 has a weight of 0.45 lbs (205 grams or 7.23 ounces) and features outer size of 102mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams and the Ricoh CX4 is less heavy compared to various rivals.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
Here is a image of the Ricoh CX4 beside a soda to help you have a sense of its size.
The top view just below will show you the button design on the CX4.
Ricoh CX4 Lens features
The CX4 has got a fixed lens giving a focal range of 28-300mm giving it a 10.7 x zoom which might not be perfect however it can be invaluable in some scenarios.
At it's widest 28mm, it will have an aperture of f3.5 which will be really sluggish and not good in low light events and you will likely find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You could also need to raise your ISO leading to noisy photos. With the long end, 300mm is superb zoom and comes with f5.6 which is really slow and you will have to apply slower shutter speeds.
Ricoh CX4 Connectivity
The CX4 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to send files and oftentimes alter settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.
A few apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external display. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.
Ricoh CX4 Video features
The highest possible video resolution on the Ricoh CX4 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You really should aim for at least 1080p resolution for decent video. The body does not offer a mic and / or headphone port so you have zero control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to buy a different model if you require decent audio in your videos.
Ricoh CX4 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing in the Ricoh CX4 so you have to be careful in wet and dusty situations.
Ricoh CX4 Screen and Viewfinder
The Ricoh CX4 comes with a 3" fixed display screen with a resolution of 920k dots.
Please note that the display offers no touch support.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The View Finder specifications regarding Ricoh CX4 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be pretty helpful during sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.
Ricoh CX4 Shutter features
Ricoh CX4 has the ability to shoot continuously at 5.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Ricoh CX4 Flash and Hot shoe features
Ricoh CX4 boasts just built-in flash without external flash support.
Ricoh CX4 Autofocus features
Ricoh CX4 boasts only Contrast Detect Autofocus and does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker and precise compared to Contrast Detect focusing.
Ricoh CX4 comes with manual focus if needed during low light conditions or you need to have more accurate focus control.
Ricoh CX4 Battery life
The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the best (600) battery life within this type of cameras.
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Ricoh CX4 for different types of photography
The following illustration gives a summary of the Ricoh CX4 for different types of photography. To find out more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Ricoh CX4 Portrait photography information
The Ricoh CX4 receives a points total of 27 which is bad, and means the camera is not acceptable to use for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos together with the option to use external lighting.
Ricoh CX4 Street photography details
Getting a nice score of 61, the Ricoh CX4 is a respectable pick for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Ricoh CX4 as a Sports photography camera
A bad sports photography rating of 25 indicates the Ricoh CX4 is not acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have great focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Ricoh CX4 Travel photography advice
Size is very critical when getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Ricoh CX4 gets a above average 66 as a travelling camera which is a good choice to buy for your trips.
Ricoh CX4 Landscape photography information
For anybody planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most essential factor is going to be image quality. The Ricoh CX4 and it's bad rating of 42 for a landscape camera is not acceptable amongst its rivals.
Vlogging with Ricoh CX4
A camera for vlogging really should posses a articulating display, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Ricoh CX4 is not acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a bad score of 30.
Ricoh CX4 Alternatives
If you are interested in alternatives to the CX4, below is a list of the top placed cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line graph here offers you a bird's eye view of the CX4 vs it's top ranking competitors shown previously.
Following are additional cameras you may have a look at as alternative options. To read through a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.