Conclusion: Overall the CX2 is an excellent camera, well designed and implemented. It could be a perfect digital compact if not for its problems with image noise, which are particularly disappointing given the brilliant lens and otherwise admirable performance. Still, the CX2 is definitely worthy of consideration for anyone seeking a high-zoom digital camera in a compact body.
Pros: 28-300mm equivalent lens, Good colour reproduction
Excerpt: The Ricoh CX2 is basically the same as the CX1, it looks stylish and is undoubtedly well made; once again we had the black liveried version to test, though silver and a two-tone version with a coloured top plate are available. A simple control layout belies the underlying complexity; a small mode dial perched on the rear corner joins with a small on/off button and a combined zoom control and shutter button.
Pros: LCD, low ISO image quality, easy to use, features, build, auto level indication
Cons: No optical viewfinder, high ISO image noise, longer zoom creates camera shake issues