Conclusion: In saying that, the solid performance of the CX1 has certainly been continued and users can be assured that this line of compacts will perform well overall, especially given some initial practice and familiarisation time.
Excerpt: The biggest difference over the CX1 is the installation of a longer zoom, equivalent to 28- 300mm compared to 28-200mm. There’s only a modest loss of speed – f3.5-5.6 versus f3.3-5.2 and virtually no penalty in terms of the camera’s size and weight. The CX2 is still only 29.4 mm in thickness and weighs in at 185 grams (just five grams heavier).
Summary: Despite some issues with noise, the Ricoh CX2 is an admirable compact camera. It has a huge 300mm lens, captures vibrant and sharp images, has useful scene modes, and is reasonably priced. Put it on your shopping list if you want a point-and-shoot camera with a versatile lens.
Pros: 28-300mm zoom lens, useful dynamic range mode, high-contrast black-and-white filter, fast burst mode
Cons: Noise is present in images, not useful for low-light photography, some lens distortion
Excerpt: Just six months after Ricoh launched its excellent CX1 , its successor is already here. The CX1’s most impressive specifications are further improved, with a zoom range up from 7.1x to 10.7x and continuous shooting now at a staggering 5fps. Unlike the souped-up continuous modes on some other compact cameras, this one runs at the full resolution and is limited only by the speed of the SDHC card – with a Sandisk Extreme III card it slowed to 3.5fps after 28 shots.
Summary: : The Ricoh CX2 improves on the CX1 with quicker 5fps shooting, an improved 10.7x optical zoom lens, new scene modes, new focus mode, and snap focus. With 5fps shooting at full resolution the camera can shoot quicker than most budget Digital SLRs! High speed shooting allows Ricoh to provide Dynamic Range mode - this uses the speed of the camera to take two shots of different exposures - combines the two and produces an image with greatly increased dynamic range.
Pros: Great image quality, Low noise for a compact camera, Dynamic range mode useful for static / landscape shots, High speed shoting - 5fps! better than some DSLRs, Great wide angle 10.7x optical zoom lens, CMOS-shift image stabilisation helps with zoom and low light, Excellent 3.0" screen - one of the best with very good resolution, Robust, compact metal body, Good battery life, Excellent macro mode, 1:1 Aspect ratio (Square format) available, Electronic level, Numerous c...
Cons: Expensive compared to predecessors (R10), Limited scene modes, Poor flash position
Excerpt: The design of the Ricoh CX2 is virtually identical to the previous CX1 model, so a lot of comments that we made about that camera will be repeated here. The CX2 is marginally heavier at 185g and thicker at 29.4 mm to accommodate the new 10.7 lens, but otherwise measures the same (101.5 mm (W) x 58.3 mm (H)) and looks almost identical.