Ricoh Announces 10 Megapixels CX4 10.7x Optical Zoom With Back-illuminated CMOS2010-08-19 13:35
- 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.
- The 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.
Ricoh CX4 Camera Reviews Roundup
|DPnow: "I was generally pleased with image quality from the CX4. The 10.7x zoom lens performs well and although we didn't lab test this camera, there were no major concerns about distortion or aberrations like fringing. There's no escaping that the images are highly processed by the, so this is not the kind of camera looking for image purity that can be massaged effectively in post-processing. But the CX4 is one of the bett..." - Nov 29 2010 More »|
|Steve's Digicam: "Our outdoor sample images show that the camera handles exposures very well, even with the high dynamic range of the museum shot. It's color representation is very accurate, reproducing an image that is extremely close to what the photographer actually sees. In the wide zoom sample, the highlight areas are slightly overexposed but not blown out as we have seen with our other cameras lately. There are a few slig..." - Nov 25 2010 More »|
|DigiCamReview: "Image quality is generally very good - with good colour, saturation and contrast. Noise can be noticeable but the processing engine produces photos that are quite smooth with few hot pixels, and detail is generally good (until ISO800 and above). To get the best results some tweaking may be required as images are can be slightly overexposed, on default settings, although I didn't notice any flash overexposure which u..." - Nov 16 2010 More »|
|PhotoRadar: "Despite several shortcomings in the usability of the camera, the Ricoh CX4 actually delivers pretty good results. The colours are bright, punchy and sharp although the auto white balance can provide some odd results at times, so you might need to watch that, especially as you can't shoot RAW files and correct later. You have the option to shoot in 4 different formats, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1 which is good for cr..." - Nov 10 2010 More »|
Ricoh CX4 Camera Recent User Reviews
- Nov 15 2011 Great macro & manual control, Vajira
I got this camera specially for it's macro feature. Works great ! I am really impressed with the level of quality on the close up shots. 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......
- Apr 03 2011 I have a few cameras and this one is my favourite, Penguin
I own several digital cameras, Samsung TL500/EX1; Pentax K100D (DSLR) and Sigma DP1 (large sensor compact). It surprises me that amidst such stiff competition I prefer using this camera over and above the others. Here are the reasons why: 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 exce...
- Nov 29 2010 Ricoh CX4--Recommended, A. Sanborn
This is an excellent camera for creative photographers. Here are the things I like. 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 m...
- Nov 29 2010 Ricoh CX4--Recommended, A. Sanborn
Amazon Verified Purchase ( What's this? ) This is an excellent camera for creative photographers. Here are the things I like. 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 dyn...