Conclusion: Rugged cameras have been around for long enough for us to no longer be simply happy to be able to shoot in harsh environments, get shots while in the sea or skiing. While the PX does a decent job of getting the subject sharp and correctly exposed, its images are let down by a relatively low level of detail. This limits the size of the prints that can be made, which is a shame if you are looking to blow-up shots from your holidays.
Summary: The PX is priced and built well for a waterproof compact and it performs to a satisfactory standard in and out of the water, but image noise and the low quality of the camera's LCD screen are the biggest downsides.
Summary: Available in a choice of lime green, champagne silver or black (as in the case of the review model), the Ricoh PX is a waterproof, shockproof and dust-resistant digital camera. Perhaps I should have included the word “compact” into that description as the camera certainly qualifies in this respect. The camera’s dimensions are 100 x 55 x 21.3cm in whatever mode or zoom level is currently being used.
Summary: This is described as waterproof, I assume that applies when a partial sleeve is applied. What is more interesting is the zoom is not with the normal lens extension but by using a sort of periscope action inside the unit.
Excerpt: Rugged waterproof compact cameras tend to be fashioned to look as hardwearing as they claim to be, with chiselled edges, intricate details and exposed screw tops all giving the impression of solidity. Ricoh's PX proves this doesn't always have to be so; it eschews it all and instead opts for a clean and minimal design.
Excerpt: Unlike most other all-action cameras that make a big hulabaloo about their tough credentials, the new Ricoh PX has an unassuming rectangular design that looks just like any other "standard" compact camera. Indeed, at first glance you'd be hard-pressed to tell it apart from Ricoh's CX range of point-and-shoots, being similar in size at 100 mm x 55 mm x 21.3 mm and weight at 156g.
Excerpt: This 16 megapixel camera has a 5X optical zoom (28–140mm). It is waterproof to 3 metres for 60 minutes and can be dropped 1.5m without damaging the camera. It is small, with a face area slightly larger than a credit card and 20mm thick. The good news is that it fits in any pocket, the bad news is that the controls, such as they are, are tiny. Camera settings, except for exposure compensation, must all be made through the menu system.
Summary: Obwohl die Ricoh PX lediglich in den Farben Schwarz, Silber und Grün erhältlich ist, können Sie die Kamera mit farbigen Hüllen und Handschlaufen beliebig weiter personalisieren: Die Schutzhüllen gibt's in weiß, rosa, blau, gelb und braun, die Handschlaufen in schwarz, rosa, blau, gelb und braun.