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.
Summary: Conclusion: After several different versions of the Ricoh CX series camera (and the R series before that), I feel Ricoh have managed to improve the camera with every increment, which is no small feat, considering a number of other manufacturers fail to do this. The only negatives with this version is the lack of front hand grip, although this is a personal thing.
Pros: - Exceptional macro mode, - Good image quality – pleasing colours, lots of options, - 5fps shooting, quicker than most (all?) entry level DSLRs, - Noise reduction options, more than most entry level DSLRs, - Auto exposure bracketing, better than some entry level DSLRs, - Dynamic Range mode – lots of options, - Excellent 3″ screen with 920k pixels, - Improved battery life, - Electronic level, - Snap focus mode
Cons: All these advanced features but no RAW support, or manual controls, Improved front hand-grip would be nice, Optical zoom not available while recording video, Lacks sunset scene mode