Ricoh PX

Ricoh PX front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.4) lens
  • 156g - 100 x 55 x 21mm
  • Announced August 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Ricoh PX overview

Ricoh PX is Ricoh's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first launched on August of 2011. The camera features a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3072.

The PX places at #70 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #846 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your personal criteria.

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The following is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Ricoh PX Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Ricoh PX based on factors that are usually viewed as important in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focusing
comes with HDMI port
comes with tracking autofocus
decent megapixels (16MP)
environment sealing
flash built-in
has manual focus
in built zoom lens (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
really wide (28mm)
very good min ISO (100)
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of external mic port
lack of headphone port
lack of Time Lapse mode
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no aperture priority mode
no phase detect AF
no RAW support
no shutter priority mode
pixelated screen (230 k dot)
screen does not articulate
screen is not selfie friendly
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
sluggish at full zoom (f5.4)
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Ricoh PX Sensor features

The Ricoh PX houses the Smooth Imaging Engine IV chip. The specification of the sensor in the Ricoh PX is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4608 x 3072 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 16MP and includes a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not supported which means that you have less margin for error.

The image below shows the PX's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The PX sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Ricoh PX dimensions

Ricoh PX has a weight of 0.34 pounds (156 grams or 5.50 ounces) and the physical size of the camera is 100mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Ricoh PX is lighter as compared with various competitors.

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The following is a photo of the Ricoh PX beside a soda so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Ricoh PX dimensions scale

The top view directly below will provide the button layout on the PX.

Ricoh PX topview buttons dials

Ricoh PX Lens features

The PX offers a built in lens having a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be very good however it might be invaluable in a few circumstances.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.9 which is quite sluggish and not ideal in low light occasions and you may struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will probably also have to increase your ISO setting giving you noisy images. Towards the long end, 140mm comes at f5.4 making it really sluggish and you may have to go with slower shutter speeds.

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Ricoh PX Connectivity

The PX has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer files and oftentimes alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.

Some apps also provide a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external screen. Many cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Ricoh PX Video features

The maximum video quality in the Ricoh PX is 1280 x 720 and it can record in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is awful by today's requirements. You should go for a minimum FUll HD quality for good video. The body doesn't feature a mic or headphone port which means you have got absolutely no control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to find another camera if you want good sound in your videos.

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Ricoh PX Weather Sealing

Ricoh PX has environment sealing which makes it a fantastic selection to use in tough climates. This is especially beneficial whenever you are uncertain about the conditions you may encounter in outdoor photography.

Ricoh PX Screen and Viewfinder

The Ricoh PX features a 2.7" fixed display having a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the display isn't a touch screen.

Ricoh PX screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The ViewFinder specifications regarding Ricoh PX are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders will be pretty valuable.

Ricoh PX Shutter features

Ricoh PX continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Ricoh PX Flash and Hot shoe features

Ricoh PX boasts just in-built flash lacking external flash ability.

Ricoh PX Autofocusing features

Ricoh PX boasts only Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and precise as compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detection which makes it handy for taking portraits of people.

It also has Tracking Auto Focus for moving objects. Ricoh PX boasts manual focusing if needed in low light or you want more precise focusing control.

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Ricoh PX Battery life

The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest possible (470) battery life in this group of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the strongest battery life:

Ricoh PX for varying forms of photography

The following graph shows a analysis of the Ricoh PX for varying forms of photography. To view more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Ricoh PX

The Ricoh PX gets a points total of 43 which is lousy, meaning that it is not really appropriate for portraits. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos and capability to work with external lighting.

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you can focus manually
good resolution (16MP)
provides face detect focus
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Ricoh PX Street photography highlights

Getting a nice rating of 63, the Ricoh PX is a respectable fit for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Ricoh PX Sports photography info

A lousy sports photography rating of 44 suggests the Ricoh PX is not really appropriate for photographing sports. A camera really should have fantastic focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (16MP)
comes with tracking focus
environment proof
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus

Ricoh PX Travel photography details

Portability is really important when picking a travel camera. On the whole, the Ricoh PX gets a very good 68 as a travelling camera which is a good fit to buy for your travels.

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weather sealing
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.9)

Ricoh PX Landscape photography features

For anybody who is planning to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most critical aspect is going to be image quality. The Ricoh PX with it's average grade of 47 for a landscape camera is fairly suited within the current market.

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focusing manually
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
weather proofing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
lack of Timelapse recording

Vlogging with Ricoh PX

A camera for vlogging ought to come with a moving display screen, mic port and preferably IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Ricoh PX is not really appropriate as a vlog camera as it comes to a lousy rating of 31.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection autofocus
slow max aperture (f3.9)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic jack

Ricoh PX Alternatives

If you want replacements to the PX, here is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall under the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram below shows you a bird's eye view of the PX versus it's highest scoring rivals shown above.

Here are a few more cameras you might consider as alternatives. To see a full comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

Photography Glossary


General Information
Model type
Ricoh PX
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Smooth Imaging Engine IV
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution
4608 x 3072
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Screen resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
8 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
3.50 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
156 gr (0.34 lb)
Physical dimensions
100 x 55 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots
Launch cost