Ricoh CX5 Review

February 4, 2011 | Mark Goldstein |


No. of Effective Pixels (Camera) Approximately 10.00 million pixels
Image Sensor 1/2.3-inch CMOS (total pixels: approx. 10.60 million pixels)
Lens Focal length f=4.9-52.5mm (Equivalent to 28–300 mm for 35 mm film cameras. With Step Zoom set, option of any of eight fixed lengths: 28 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 85 mm, 105 mm, 135 mm, 200 mm, and 300 mm)
F-aperture F3.5 (Wide) - F5.6 (Telephoto)
Normal shooting: Approx. 30 cm–infinity (Wide), approx. 1.5 m–infinity (Telephoto) (from the front of the lens)
Macro: Approx. 1 cm–infinity (Wide), approx. 28 cm–infinity (Telephoto), approx. 1 cm–infinity (Zoom Macro) (from the front of the lens)
Lens Construction 10 elements in 7 groups (Aspheric lens: 4 elements and 5 surfaces)
Zoom Magnification Optical zoom: 10.7 x (Equivalent to 28–300 mm for 35-mm film cameras)
Super-resolution zoom: 2.0 x, up to 21.4 x (Equivalent to 600 mm) when used with optical zoom
Digital zoom: 4.8 x, up to 103 x (Equivalent to 2,880 mm) when used with optical zoom and super-resolution zoom
Auto resize zoom: 5.7 x *1, up to 61.0 x *1 (Equivalent to 1,710 mm) when used with optical zoom
Focus Modes Multi AF / Spot AF / Face-priority Multi AF (Contrast AF method with AF auxiliary light) / Subject-tracking AF / Multi-target AF (Contrast AF method) / Manual Focus / Snap / ∞ (Fixed focus method)
Image Stabilizer Image sensor shift method image stabilizer
Shutter Speed *2 Still image 1/2000 – 1, 2, 4, 8 sec.
Movie 1/2000 sec. – 1/30 sec.
Continuous Shooting Continuous shooting speed *3 Approx. 5 frames/sec. (10M 4:3F; continuous shooting speed is approx. 3 frames/sec. for the 12th picture on)
Continuous shooting capacity 999 pictures
Exposure Control Metering Mode Multi (256 segments) / Center-weighted light metering / Spot metering
Exposure Mode Programme AE
Manual compensation (-2.0 EV – +2.0 EV, 1/3EV steps), Auto bracket function (−0.5EV, ±0, +0.5EV)
ISO Sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) AUTO / ISO100 / ISO200 / ISO400 / ISO800 / ISO1600 / ISO3200
White Balance Mode Auto / Multi-pattern Auto / Outdoors / Cloudy / Incandescent 1 / Incandescent 2 / Fluorescent / Manual / White balance bracket function
Flash Built-in Flash Mode Auto (During low light and when the subject is backlit) / Anti Red-eye / Flash on / Slow Synchro / Flash off
Built-in flash range Approx. 20 cm – 4.0 m (Wide), approx. 28 cm – 3.0 m (Telephoto) (ISO AUTO, auto ISO with up to ISO1600, measured from the front of the lens)
Flash compensation +/-2.0EV (1/3EV Steps)
Monitor 3.0-inch Transparent LCD (approx. 920,000 dots)
Shooting Mode Auto shooting mode / Movie mode / Scene auto mode / Scene mode (Portrait / Discreet Mode / Night. Portrait / Night Landscape Multi-shot / Sports / Landscape / Zoom Macro / Pets / Skew Correct Mode / High Sensitivity / Text / Fireworks / Cooking / Golf Swing Continuous Mode) / My Settings mode / Continuous mode / Creative shooting modes (Dynamic Range Double Shot / Miniaturize / High Contrast B&W / Soft Focus / Cross Process / Toy Camera)
Picture Quality Mode *4 F (Fine) / N (Normal)
No. of Pixels Recorded Still image / Multi-picture 3648 x 2736, 3648 x 2432, 2736 x 2736, 3648 x 2048, 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1728 x 1296 (Multi-Picture only), 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Movie 1280 x 720 *5, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Text 3648 x 2736, 2048 x 1536
Recording Media SD memory cards, SDHC memory cards (up to 32 GB), Internal memory (Approx. 40MB)
Compatible with Eye-Fi cards (X2 Series)
Image File Format Still Image JPEG (Exif ver. 2.3) *6
Multi-picture CIPA DC-007-2009 Multi-Picture Format
Movie AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG Format compliant)
Compression method JPEG Baseline Format compliant
Other Major Shooting Functions Continuous, Self-Timer (Operation time: Approx. 10 sec. / Approx. 2 sec. / Custom self-timer), Interval Timer (Shooting time: 5 sec.–1 hr., in 5 sec. increments) *7, Color Bracket function, Focus Bracket function, AE/AF Target Shift, Histogram, Grid Guide, Electronic Level
Other Major Playback Functions Grid View, Enlarged Display (maximum 16×), Resize, Level Compensation, White Balance Compensation, Trim, Flag, Slideshow, DPOF Setting
External Interface USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) / Audio-Visual (AV) terminals (Mass storage compatible *8 AV Out 1.0Vp-p (75Ω)), HDMI Micro Output terminals (Type D)
Video Signal Format NTSC, PAL switchable
Power Supply Rechargeable Battery(DB-100) x1
Battery Consumption *9 Based on CIPA Standard: Using the DB-100, Approx. 280 pictures When Sleep is OFF *10
External Dimensions 101.5 mm (W) x 58.6 mm (H) x 29.4 mm (D) (24.4 mm at thinnest part)
Weight Approx. 197 g (including the supplied battery and SD memory card)
Approx. 176 g (Camera body only)
Operating Temperature Range 0°C - 40°C
  • *The maximum recording time is the estimated total recording time. The maximum recording time per shooting is 29 minutes or 4GB.
  • *The maximum number of consecutive shots that can be taken using continuous mode is 999. When the number of remaining shots is 1000 or more, “999” is displayed on the picture display.
  • *The figures shown for the maximum number of shots that can be recorded for M-Cont (2M), M-Cont (10M), and Speed Cont are the estimated total number of shots that can be recorded. The number of shots that can be recorded at one time is 26 for M-Cont Plus (2M), 15 for M-Cont Plus (10M), and 120 for Speed Cont.
  • *The maximum number of shots for Multi-Target AF is the estimated total number of shots that can be recorded. The number of shots that can be recorded at one time is 5. When the number of remaining shots is 9999 or more, “9999” is displayed on the picture display.
  • *The number of remaining shots displayed on the picture display may differ from the actual number of shots, depending on the subject.
  • *Movie recording time and the maximum number of still pictures may vary depending on the capacity of the recording destination (internal memory or SD memory card), shooting conditions, and the type and manufacturer of the SD memory card.
  • *A high speed memory card is recommended when shooting for long periods.