Conclusion: Minor quibbles aside, the Ricoh CX3 is a mightily impressive compact camera with great performance and some neat usability touches.
Pros: In a nutshell, the Ricoh CX3’s 10-megapixel is back-illuminated, which means it's more sensitive to light than a regular sensor. This, coupled with some pretty effective noise reduction tech, makes the CX3 one of the best compact cameras around when it comes to low-light results. There's also a decent range of the zoom lens (10.7x optical zoom) and the built-in anti-shake tech to counter unsteady hands. Other nice touches include an electronic spirit level to aid fram...
Cons: The CX3 lacks the ability to shoot in RAW – the Canon G11, for instance, manages to feel more like a serious photographer’s camera than the CX3 despite its roughly similar price. It’s also a bit large compared to some rivals. Like the G11, it’s just a little too large to sit comfortably in a trouser or inside jacket pocket.
Summary: There's no doubting that the CX3 is an impressive camera. It's one of the most striking advanced compact cameras on the market, and with its 920k dot, 3in LCD, is a pleasure to use. Add to that HD video capture and an impressive backlit sensor and you think you'd be onto a winner. However, the lack of Raw capture and full manual control over images is a real loss, and mean that the CX3 cannot currently be considered amongst the advanced compact camera elite.
Summary: There is a lot to like about the CX3, such as its classic design, intelligent focusing and 10.7x optical zoom.
Yet despite the impressive automatic exposure modes, I was frustrated by the lack of manual exposure controls.
That said, the improvements in handling noise make this a camera that performs as handsomely as it looks.
Summary: The camera comes with a comprehensive, well written user manual and we strongly recommend that it be read carefully. There are a lot of useful features here that you are not going to stumble across by accident or find intuitively. It can be used as a point and shoot box camera, but to do so is to miss out on its clever features. The CX3 appears to differ from the CX2 mainly in its “back illuminated” sensor.
Pros: At modest lens focal length settings and at ISO speeds of 200 or less the image quality is outstanding. Exposure and white balance are impressive. Lens sharpness and image resolution are generally good. We like the consistency of results, particularly with judicial use of the manual over-rides.
Cons: We took the CX3 out to a street festival on a cloudy-bright afternoon and could see little or nothing on the LCD. The time must come when camera makers admit that an optical viewfinder is essential.
A 10-megapixel Ricoh compact camera with a 10.7x zoom lens
Good Gear Guide.au
26 October 2010
Summary: Ricoh's CX3 isn't much of an upgrade over the CX2 but it does offer HD video recording, which makes it a useful hybrid for people wishing to shoot stills and video with the same camera. Its pictures are a little noisy and it can struggle in bright light, but overall its image quality is very good.
Pros: Well built, very good picture quality, excellent manual focus, useful and fun filters
Cons: No HDMI, noticeable noise in photos at high ISO speeds, can be difficult to use in bright sunlight
Excerpt: The design of the Ricoh CX3 is virtually identical to the previous CX2 model, so a lot of comments that we made about that camera will be repeated here. It weighs and measures exactly the same at 185g and 101.5mm (W) x 58.3mm (H) x 29.4mm respectively. This is a compact digital camera that easily fits in the palm of your hand, and you certainly won't notice carrying it in a trouser/shirt pocket or a handbag.