Ricoh CX1 Reviews

First published on: Friday, 3 April 2009

Last update (Jun 12, 2009): Ricoh CX1 Digital Camera Review at Technical Itch.

This post is a compilation of Ricoh CX1 digital point and shoot camera professional and user reviews, owner opinions, reports and experiences, tests, conclusions, ratings and feedback. Hopefully, you’ll be able to conclude whether the CX1 image quality, and the camera itself as a whole, meets your standards.

Full attribution is given by linking to the source and where available, the author’s homepage or photo gallery.

Ricoh CX1 Digital Camera Review at Technical Itch

Dean, the reviewer, was pleased with the image quality of the CX1 at both the 28mm and 200mm ends of the focal range, and he concludes:

The Ricoh CX1 looks solidly built, has a decent set of features and on the whole is pretty easy to use. Picture quality out of the box is pretty good too and if you’re prepared to spend some time tweaking the settings then you can be rewarded with good results. Overall this is a pretty good camera with some nice touches.

CX1 review a AlphaMountWorld

Carl Garrard, the reviewer, says goodbye to the ‘R’ series, gives a “Highly Recommended” verdict for the CX1, and has the following conclusion:

I found many of the features to not only work as advertised but that do have a practical purpose to the design as well. I would definitely recommend the Ricoh CX1 to the gadgety new-to-photography person who would appreciate a well built, easy to use and well thought out design. By giving the photographer more control over the output, and by designing a camera that doesn’t get in your way, the CX1 promotes a quick learning curve to a new photographer.

Ricoh CX1 hands-on review at StevesDigicams’

Steve was extremely enthusiastic about the “awesome little compact camera”, saying:

The CX1 was a pleasure to use, in fact there were Very few things that I could find “wrong” with this camera. It offers image quality that is not matched by most of it’s competition, not to mention blazing fast shooting performance.

Ricoh CX1 — Digital Camera Review, at DigicamReview

The CX1 earned a “Recommended” rating from Joshua Waller, the reviewer. Conclusion extracts are as follows.

On Image Quality:

Image quality is generally very good — with good colour, saturation and contrast. Noise is noticable but photos come out quite smooth with few hot pixels, compared to the competition, and detail is generally good (until ISO800 and above).

On the camera as a whole:

The camera feels well built, and is comfortable to hold. The camera is easy to use, and has quick access to the most commonly used options. The layout of buttons and controls is very good. The camera speed is good, with a good switch on time, quick focusing time, excellent shutter response, quick playback mode, quick menus, excellent continuous shooting (4fps), and good flash recharge time.

Summary and Verdict:

To sum up the Ricoh CX1 in one word: Awesome! The Ricoh CX1 in one sentence: The Ricoh CX1 is the best digital camera Ricoh have ever made!

Review of the Ricoh CX1 compact camera at DPExpert

Terry Lane, the reviewer, has “no hesitation in recommending the CX1”:

This is a pleasure to use, although we wished for more manual controls. The concepts of extended dynamic range and depth of field are concerns of the serious photographer. No point-and-shooter is going to care about these refinements. Yet the camera is set up as though the p-and-s brigade are the intended customers. We look forward to seeing these useful innovations applied to Ricoh’s better class of camera. That will be a winner.

Ricoh CX1 high-end compact camera review at Register Hardware

George Cole, the reviewer, issues the following verdict for the CX1:

he CX1 has some handy features — such as various continuous shooting modes and a nice 7.1x optical zoom — and handles well. But we aren’t convinced that features such as Multi-target Auto Focus and Dynamic Range Double Shot mean that its £300 price tag offers good value for money. So unless you like to be absolutely, utterly, completely sure that your images are properly focused and don’t mind firing off seven frame to get this result, then the CX1 doesn’t offer a great deal more than many cameras costing a bit less.

Note: Check Adorama for the current, equivalent price in the United States.

Ricoh CX1 Digital Camera review at ePHOTOzine

The verdict? Basically, they loved the design, but not the image quality:

It’s a shame that the image performance still isn’t up to scratch. I like to see smooth images when shooting up to ISO200 but I can’t get a result I’m happy with from a Ricoh.

If you like your cameras looking old school but with good features and you only shoot at ISO100 or lower, then this is for you.

It very closely mirrors my experience with the Ricoh GX200 — nice to see, but the images aren’t up to scratch.

Ricoh CX1 Review at

The following are some extracts from the review that highlight, for me, the most interesting aspects of the CX1.

On the rear, 3-inch, 920,000-dot LCD screen:

Both text and images really come alive on a simply breath-taking display that’s the best of any camera that we’ve ever reviewed, including those with 920K dot screens.

Mark Goldstein, the reviewer, finds that the extra-high dynamic range (DR) functionality is not as well-implemented as on the Fuji F200:

There is one main drawback though; the DR images have noticeably less saturated colours than the Normal version, which more accurately matches the scene, making the CX1 less successful than the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR that we recently reviewed.

On the CX1’s image quality:

The Ricoh CX1 produced images of good quality during the review period. The Ricoh CX1’s main drawback in terms of image quality is noise, with ISO 400 showing some noise, blurring of detail and slight colour desauration.

Mark has the following conclusion about the CX1:

Still, if image quality is of prime importance, then the Ricoh CX1 is well worth a look. It produces very good out-of-the-camera JPEG images, with excellent dynamic range as promised in the DR mode and improved noise performance. If you don’t mind the lack of manual controls, the CX1 makes a great pocket camera for the keen photographer, although I’m sure we’ll see the same technology appear in a future GR or GX model…

User Review of the CX1 by w4rmk

Richard, aka w4rmk, has posted up a comprehensive user opinion about the CX1 (which was purchased from Adorama) in two parts. Read Part 1 and Part 2.

Here’s a summary of the observations in the review:

  1. The black version looks much better than the silver, and looks almost identical to the Ricoh R10.

  2. w4rmk also purchased a genuine Ricoh leather case, presumably the SC-90 BLACK Leather Case for CX-1 Digital Camera.

  3. The CX1 uses the same battery as found in many Panasonic digital cameras, that is, the DMW-BCE10.

  4. Build quality is signifcantly improved over the R3, R5 and R6.

  5. The optical quality of the lens is good with no visible softness from lack of sharpness in any section of the frame.

  6. Images are a sight to behold on the super-sharp 920k-dot LCD screen, which is better than even on the iPhone, and leaps and bounds better than any other compact camera.

  7. Image quality is very good.

The conclusion?

I am really enjoying the CX1 more than any compact I have purchased in the past few years. I think this one will be in my stable for quite a while and in fact this camera has caused me to return the Fuji F200EXR for a refund. I find the extra zoom range and build quality of the Ricoh to be superior to the Fuji. This will be my primary compact for the time being.

Ricoh CX-1 Review at

The following are some review highlights.

On build quality, design and ergonomics:

Superficially, the CX1 is a fairly ordinary-looking slimline Ricoh camera with a fairly large double-retracting lens. Build quality is up to Ricoh’s normal high standard and a grip moulding is provided on the front panel with a rubber thumb pad just next to the joystick control on the rear panel. Together they provide a comfortable grip that positions your index finger over the shutter button and allows your thumb to control the joystick.

The CX1’s self-timer has some extremely useful pieces of functionality added in. A built-in intervalometer (interval timer) is also built in:

You can set the camera to record between one and 10 shots with delays between 5 and 10 seconds. The camera can also be used for time-lapse photography, with intervals selectable from one hour down to five seconds. You can also pre-set the shutter speed to a minimum of 1/2, 1/4 or 1/8 second to reduce the potential for blurred shots in dim lighting.

They have the following pros and cons of the CX1 in the conclusion:


  1. Dynamic range expansion function.

  2. Manual flash adjustments and a good range of flash settings.


  1. No P (Program), A (Aperture priority), S (Shutter priority) and M (Manual) shooting modes.

  2. The CX1 cannot shoot RAW / DNG files.

  3. No widescreen or HD (high definition) video capability.

  4. No viewfinder, so composing a photo using the rear monitor is a near impossibility in bright outdoor lighting.

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