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. On December 1, 2012, the camera had EXACTLY the same malfunction. I'm sending it to Ricoh again, but by now the warranty has run out.
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 right. This camera was a little more technical then I had hoped for. I was really just wanting a camera I could set on auto & shot away, indoor, outdoor, day or night.
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. This allows you to set the camera to take an image every 5 seconds-5 minutes-or 1 hour---etc. You set the time. This is so cool.
Summary: I titled this review "pocket camera" because it is way beyond "point-and-shoot." The CX5 is chock full of features that would normally be found in a much more expensive SLR, and more. Exposure bracketing, for example, although this seems to be limited to +/- 1/2 a stop (unless I didn't find the right place in the menus yet!) The list of features is both a blessing and a curse.
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. It definitely helps that the camera is now $150 less than when I bought it. I think it's absolutely worth the money, especially considering the options for comparably priced point and shoot cameras.
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.
Summary: Well designed and built with a good sensor. Slightly enhanced colour without flash which makes pics in poor light and dull days better than they actually are. All round a great little snapper for the money.