Excerpt: The (discontinued) Ricoh cameras CX3 to CX6 are almost identical, with a fabulous macro for a compact. So see my review of the CX3 instead. http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/55651826 The differences are really minor, I bought the CX5, as someone had been lending my CX3 for a long time, and I was...
Summary: Previous model was excelent. This one has some defficiencies. It takes photos yes, but not great ones. Sometimes it doesnt focus accordingly. Even flash is in automatic position... Many dark pictures are taken. Recommended only for beginners.
Summary: Bought the CX5 in September of 2011. It malfunctioned in the spring of 2012. (When I turned the camera off, the lens kept retracting and extending and retracting and extending. The only way to "turn the camera off" was to take the battery out.) Ricoh repaired it under warranty for no cost.
Summary: Im not the greatest when it comes to taking photos, so I was looking for a point & shot camera with good quality pictures! I found the Ricoh CX5 takes good photos outdoors with not much effort but for indoor photos especially in low lighting you would have to play around with the setting to get it...
Chris Reich "Business Physicist and Astronomer", Amazon
19 December 2011
Summary: I posted my review under the Silver model if you're looking for more input. I also posted some sample images. This camera has some unique features. #1 is the ability to shoot intervals. Very few cameras have that feature---I know of only a couple.
Summary: I did quite a bit of research before choosing the Ricoh CX5, and I was happy with my purchase. I lost my camera on a recent trip and I really miss the thing. I am considering buying another CX5, just because I liked it so much.
Summary: I wanted a quality 24/7 camera that was available when my DSL wasn't portable enough. It's small enough to fit in a pocket or purse. Very easy to use but still gives you control over how you want to shoot. No regrets on this purchase.