Ricoh CX4 Digital Point & Shoot Camera, 10mp, with 10.7x Optical Zoom - Black - U.S.A. Warranty
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The new CX4's evolved image-sensor-shift image stabilization reduces blur on average by the equivalent of about 3.7 EV--3.7 shutter-speed stops--for improved performance under dim indoor lighting and at high zoom ratios.
The camera also offers a new "subject-tracking AF" autofocus system that automatically tracks your subject, ensuring that photographs are in focus and correctly exposed whenever you choose to release the shutter. You'll find this feature indispensable for moving subjects and close-ups.
In addition, Ricoh has further developed features designed to enhance the photographic experience, including a "night landscape multi-shot mode" that combines four exposures into a single photograph for reduced image noise, and a "creative shooting mode" that brings out the artist in everyone with soft focus, cross process, and toy camera effects. With portability enhanced by a newly-designed body featuring molded curves that make it easier to slip the camera into your pocket, the CX4 compact digital camera represents another advance in Ricoh's philosophy of designing "A tool you will want to use every day."
Ricoh CX4 Highlights
High sensitivity, low noise photography using improved blur reduction and high-performance noise-reduction
- The CX4 offers completely reworked image-sensor-shift image stabilization, which reduces blur caused by camera movement--a phenomenon that is particularly likely to occur in close ups, at high zoom ratios, and in other similar situations. The effect is equivalent to increasing shutter speed by an average of about 3.7 stops.
- The camera's noise reduction algorithm processes the image signal as it is output from the CMOS sensor, reducing noise without affecting resolution, tone, or color. Setting noise reduction to "MAX" enables variance-estimation noise reduction that analyzes the distribution of noise in the data captured by the image sensor and optimizes processing for individual areas of the image.
- Back-illuminated, 10-megapixel CMOS image sensor offers improved low-light performance.
- Ricoh's unique retracting lens system allows a wide-angle, high-power (10.7x) zoom lens to be incorporated into a compact camera body only 29.4 mm thick.
- With picture angles that range from 28 mm (wide angle) to 300 mm (telephoto), this high-power zoom lens is adapted to almost any situation. Choose wide angles for landscapes or cramped interiors that limit the distance between camera and subject, or zoom in for compelling telephoto shots.
- Subject-tracking AF automatically tracks the subject selected when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway, ensuring that photographs are in focus and correctly exposed whenever you choose to release the shutter. This feature is ideal for shots of active children and pets, as well as for photographs of flowers and other subjects that demand careful composition.
- Choose "soft focus mode" for an effect similar to that produced by soft-focus lenses. The strength of the effect can be selected from "weak" and "strong."
- Select "cross-process mode" for colors that differ markedly from those in normal photographs. Choose a color scheme from "basic," "magenta," and "yellow."
- "Toy camera mode" replicates the sharp contrast and saturated colours associated with toy cameras, together with their characteristic distortion and vignetting.
- The CX4 also offers the "dynamic range double shot," "miniaturize," and "high-contrast B&W" modes made popular by the CX3.
- An output pixel interpolation algorithm with dedicated Smooth Imaging Engine IV logic circuits reduces loss of detail in highlights to faithfully recreate beautiful high-contrast scenes exactly as they appear to the naked eye.
- Multi-pattern auto white balance produces colors close to those seen by the human eye in portraits shot in a mixture of sunlight and shade or with both the flash and natural light. High-contrast scenes like these often prove challenging for other, less advanced white-balance algorithms.
- The CX4 features a new "night landscape multi-shot" mode that creates clear, beautiful photos of night scenes by automatically and precisely combining a series of exposures shot at high sensitivities to reduce the blur and noise normally associated with pictures taken under low light, allowing photographers to taste the joys of hand-held, tripod-free night photography.
- The eleven scene modes that were so well-received by users of the CX3--including "pets mode" for portraits of your favorite pet cat--are also included in the CX4.
- The large, high-resolution LCD monitor boasts high contrast and a wide viewing angle. A fluorine coating keeps the monitor free of stains, while a hard coating and anti-reflection coating prevent scratches and ensure that the display in the monitor is clearly visible even outdoors in bright sunlight.
- Wide-gamut color reproduction (100% of sRGB) ensures that colors are displayed vividly and with high fidelity.
- The CX4 offers high burst rates of about 5 frames per second (fps) during continuous shooting.
- Macro mode can be used to take photos at distances as close as 1 cm when the camera is zoomed out to a focal length equivalent to 31 mm in 35 mm format, or at distances as close as 28 cm when the camera is zoomed all the way in.
- "Scene auto mode" offers the ultimate in "point-and-shoot" photography: just point the CX4 at your subject and let the camera optimize settings for best results.
- The camera can record HD movies with a frame size of 1,280 x 720 pixels.
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1) The art filters are more imaginative and generally better executed on the CX4 than on cameras from other manufacturers. The "toy camera," "soft focus," and "cross process" are all very useful. The "high dynamic black and white" and the "sepia" are much better here than on other cameras I have tried. The sepia is really brown, not the strange pink that you get on Panasonics. And the high dynamic black and white is not just blown-out highlights and inky blacks--it has a range of grays as well.
2) The lens zoom range is very useful, as it goes from a decent wide angle to a very useful 300mm telephoto.
3) The camera is small and easily carried in a pants or shirt pocket, so it is available at all times.
4) There is a range of formats--square 1:1, the 3:2 that emulates the traditional 35mm format, 3:4, and a panorama option.
5) The viewing screen is brighter than the ones on other compacts I have used. No screen is perfect in bright sunlight, but this one is certainly very usable under all conditions. It's one of the better screens I have worked with.
6) Ricoh, along with Olympus, is noted for its rich colors, and this model inherits that tradition. It's JPEG-only, but they are nice JPEGs!
I don't use the CX4 for general snapshots, so I can't comment on how it does at parties or football games. But the quality of the shots I have made in just plain "camera" mode look good to me. I use this camera (and others--Panasonic LX5 and Olympus EPL-1) for my blogs ([...]), so issues of print quality, etc. do not apply.
I have used lots of cameras, including several of the Panasonic travel zooms (which I also like), but the CX4 combines many things I am looking for, notably those well-thought-out creative modes, along with high-quality images, a wide zoom range, and pocketability.
The only thing I would mark it down on is that it's fairly easy to bump the joystick to the left, which puts the camera in macro mode. Sometimes I have a hard time focusing, and it's usually because I am trying to take a landscape shot in macro.
I happen to like the fact that this camera is a bit out of the mainstream. Most of the reviewers are paying attention to the high-end compacts by Panasonic and Canon (and Ricoh), but this little machine stands just out of the limelight and quietly makes superb images. You won't have people approaching you to chat up the latest gear, but if you want to go unobtrusively about your business with a well-made, highly adaptable camera, you should give the Ricoh CX4 a serious look.
All macro shots came up really well see [...] for the results.
Also the camera is great with the ability to change lots of settings to play with on lighting etc...
1. It is really compact and yet not fiddly to hold and use.
2. It feels really, really fast and responsive in use.
3. Picture quality is excellent and high ISO performance is impressive for a compact.
4. The zoom range on the lens makes it very versatile and sharpness is great for a compact.
5. It feels very solid and has a classy style that I have not experienced with other compacts.
6. The menus are a joy to use there are features that highlight the quality of the camera.
7. Despite not having a super wide aperture indoor photos are really good.
8. Here's a strange thing: the camera feels like a mechanical film camera to use.
9. LCD Screen is bright, colourful and very sharp.
What is missing?
Perhaps it would be useful to have full manual control but the advantages of things like aperture control on small sensor cameras are questionable.
All I can say is that I love my CX4 and that I do not work for any camera company or sales or anything to do with promotion. I was going to buy the Canon S95 but I was surprised that it seemed a little sluggish in performance when I tried it in the shop. I have absolutely no regrets but instead am delighted with my purchase and would do the same again in a heartbeat.