Summary: The camera does exactly what I want without going to a full blooded DSLR. I use it mostly for identification photographs of moths found in a moth trap (not publication pictures). It has seriously good anti vibration mechanism, and although I use the 2 sec delay and have the camera mounted on a holder, I can hold by hand if there are difficulties and I have not had to redo a picture because of movement.
Summary: Digital cameras have improved enormously since I had my Nikon 775 in 2001. I've used quite a few since then but I doubt that I'll need another one for a long time now, as this covers all the bases for me. The standard size compact sensor is a little limited when compared to a DSLR but much less so than I'd expected. The pictures certainly compare well with those from the Panasonic LX3 I used before this - there's no noticeable difference in quality in the jpegs.
Summary: I'd previously owned the Ricoh CX1 which I purchased after much deliberation and research. Sadly I lost it whilst in New York and so when I came back to London I decided there was only one suitable replacement, the updated model the Ricoh CX5. Ricoh haven't made major changes in the specification of the CX range since the inital CX1 but each time something new is added or tweaked a little to give a slowly evolved camera that is pretty much everything you need while...
Summary: Having owned Ricoh cameras for the last 20 years I have to say that I feel that there is a big difference between companies that lets say make a wide range of electrical equipment (including Cameras) like Sony, Panasonic, etc to companies that specialize in their chosen field. Ricoh is like the Kawasaki of the camera industry. They look, see and then improve on what's out there. Not copy but improve. You see to copy is to do it the same as the others.
Pros: Great speed, good feel, super fast burst mode & focus, best digital zoon picture clarity on the market
Cons: Same as CX4 but newer, CX6 most likly on it's way now.