Summary: The Ricoh CX2 combines excellent build quality, class-leading performance and superb image quality with innovative features and easy-to-use handling, and even includes a two-year warranty. It's impossible not to be impressed.
Pros: Performance, build quality, image quality, features
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.
Summary: On the design and feature fronts, the Ricoh CX2 doesn't do too badly, but the lens just isn't up to the job. It might be alright in the centre, but the soft edges undermine all of this camera's clever features, with the result that the CX2 is much less desirable than it could otherwise be
Pros: Good zoom range; solid build quality and design; 5-frames-per-second shooting at full resolution; plenty of focus modes.
Cons: Over-smoothed detail; poor lens quality at the edges of the frame.
Excerpt: Fortunately, the exposure compensation facility has a wider range of +/-2.0 EV and can be set in one-third stop increments. The CX2 has three new subject programs called ‘High Contrast B&W’, ‘Miniaturise’ and ‘Discreet’.
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.
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!
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 th...
Cons: Expensive compared to predecessors (R10), Limited scene modes, Poor flash position
Summary: The Ricoh CX2 adds a couple of real improvements and a few additional frills to an already proven design. CX1 owners may feel aggrieved given the aggressively short timescale between releases, but for the rest of us the CX2 demands and deserves our full attention.