Summary: There's no escaping the fact that the CX4 is, on its own, a very good camera. It's worth noting though that Ricoh has not fixed the faults of the CX3 and also not added much that's new to the model. As an advanced compact the CX4 should really feature Raw capture or full manual control, or ideally both, as opposed to neither. Having said that, the CX4 does produce good results, it's well designed and has a lovely LCD screen.
Excerpt: Quote from that review: “Another busy 6 months has passed in the digital photography world, and right on cue, the Ricoh CX4 appears as the replacement for the already out-of-date CX3 compact camera. New features include a reworked body, improved image stabilisation system, subject-tracking auto-focus mode, and some creative filters. The CX4 retains the 10.7x lens, 720p HD movies, 3 inch screen, and 10 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor of its predecessor.
Excerpt: Ricoh's CX4 is a compact featuring their Pure Image Quality Technology. A combination of the lens, image sensor and imaging engine combine to capture what the human eye sees. They have also included a slue of advanced AF modes and burst shooting options that allow you to not only capture numerous shots quickly, but also add creative modes that combine multiple shots inside the camera.
Conclusion: It's worth considering however that the RRP for the CX4 is around £100 less than the premium compacts (such as the Canon S95) that it so closely resembles, so it is perhaps unfair to expect it to deliver the same results.
Excerpt: It hit the doorstep, all blushing pink in colour… Ricoh’s latest entry into the compact stakes – the Ricoh CX4 . This pink is a startling colour and, just to set your mind at peace, it’s also available in a more sedate silver or black. Phew! Seemingly a run-of-the-mill digicam, the CX4 has a few tricks up its digital sleeve.
Excerpt: Looking compact, discreet and not that much different from its CX3 predecessor the Ricoh CX4 is one of Ricoh’s latest offerings in their point-and-shoot compact camera range and from the outside it doesn’t look like anything special – Ricoh themselves have described it as “workmanlike”.
Summary: It hardly seems like yesterday when I took a look at the Ricoh CX3 compact digital camera. Actually it was more like four months ago but that hardly gives the company enough time to develop and manufacture a new model. Yet here we are with the latest offering from Ricoh. Not surprisingly this new product is entitles CX4.
Excerpt: The design of the Ricoh CX4 is virtually identical to the previous CX3 model, so a lot of comments that we made about that camera will be repeated here. It weighs and measures exactly the same at 184g and 101.5mm (W) x 58.6mm (H) x 29.4mm respectively. The CX4 is available in either silver, pink or a more serious black - Ricoh provided the latter for our review.