Summary: It's not going to kick-start any trends, but the workmanlike Ricoh CX4 is another solid showing from Ricoh in every sense of the word. Its zoom capability and above-average screen resolution is what raises this camera above the pile.
Pros: Broad, 28-300mm equivalent focal range (10.7x optical zoom);. Solid build;. Very high resolution LCD for composition and review;. Fairly priced.
Cons: Noisy zoom operation and no zoom in movie mode;. Not much in the way of a handgrip;. Workmanlike design.
Excerpt: Ricoh’s camera designers could never be accused of following the crowd, with just a small range of unusual cameras in stark contrast to most manufacturers’ prolific output of compact snappers.
Conclusion: The lens reach and monitor resolution may mark the CX4 out as a more serious proposition for the photo enthusiast than your average snapshot camera, but in fact this Ricoh is a pretty much auto everything point and shoot model none the less.
Pros: Solid feel construction, broad 28-300mm equivalent focal range (10.7x optical zoom), fairly priced, extremely high resolution LCD for this class of camera
Cons: Drab design, the CX4's zoom mechanics are noisy in operation and the facility is disabled in video mode, lack of decent handgrip
A solidly constructed, easy to use, fast and overall awesome mega-zoom compact Ricoh camera
Good Gear Guide.au
13 September 2010
Conclusion: Ricoh's CX4 compact digital camera is almost identical to the CX3, but it offers a new subject-tracking focus mode and a dedicated creative mode on its dial. It's a fun camera to use and the end results are almost always pleasing.
Pros: Excellent LCD screen, excellent focusing performance, speedy, takes clear and vibrant images, big zoom lens, excellent menu system
Cons: No manual mode, noisy images, some chromatic aberration
Summary: With only a few new features on offer the CX4 offers very little reason to upgrade from the 6-month-old CX3, and the removal of the useful handgrip actually makes it less easy to use than its predecessor.