Best CX thread from awhile back

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Joel Stern
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Best CX thread from awhile back

one poster a while back had said the 4 had less heavy handed NR (not sure why that is an issue if you can control it but maybe)...so any opinions? A small zoom camera in my briefcase would be nice.

Lconcept
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schaki
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Yes. That may have been I which said that.
Now I see that also the CX3 offer NR off but CX4 still have improved IS.

Earlier, I've only compared some full size sample images from CX3, CX4, CX5 and also CX6.

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/ricoh-cx4-digital-camera-review-14621
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/ricoh-cx5-digital-camera-review-15753
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/ricoh-cx6-digital-compact-camera-review-18048

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/ricoh-cx2-vs-ricoh-cx3-digital-camera-review-13412

I've taken a closer look at the and compared the iso-performance. I would say that CX4 have a small edge up to iso 400. Then at iso 800 I think that the Cx6 looks better than Cx5 and 5. At iso 1600 my choice would be the CX5, 6 and 4.
That is with the NR set to its default setting which I assume is Auto.
I can only assume that because it is not clarified in the pdf manuals.

The CX6 and somtimes also CX5 very much reminds me about the smooth engine used in GRDIV. An engine which I'm not a fan of. At least when I have a look at the full size sample images. I would not care a lot about the iso performance as the CX4 still is good up to 400 or 800 and probably never use such a camera at anything than iso 100 or possibly 200 for most of the time anyway.

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Joel Stern
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Lconcept wrote:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1013&message=40724553&q=cx4&qf=m

Thanks, I had read these but it was such a small sample of opinions....

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Joel Stern
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schaki wrote:

Yes. That may have been I which said that.
Now I see that also the CX3 offer NR off but CX4 still have improved IS.

Earlier, I've only compared some full size sample images from CX3, CX4, CX5 and also CX6.

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/ricoh-cx4-digital-camera-review-14621
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/ricoh-cx5-digital-camera-review-15753
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/ricoh-cx6-digital-compact-camera-review-18048

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/ricoh-cx2-vs-ricoh-cx3-digital-camera-review-13412

I've taken a closer look at the and compared the iso-performance. I would say that CX4 have a small edge up to iso 400. Then at iso 800 I think that the Cx6 looks better than Cx5 and 5. At iso 1600 my choice would be the CX5, 6 and 4.
That is with the NR set to its default setting which I assume is Auto.
I can only assume that because it is not clarified in the pdf manuals.

The CX6 and somtimes also CX5 very much reminds me about the smooth engine used in GRDIV. An engine which I'm not a fan of. At least when I have a look at the full size sample images. I would not care a lot about the iso performance as the CX4 still is good up to 400 or 800 and probably never use such a camera at anything than iso 100 or possibly 200 for most of the time anyway.

Thanks schaki, good info.

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schaki
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I finally found a review of the CX6 which shows what the NR Off settings is up to. I does not look too bad. http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=sv&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fdc.watch.impress.co.jp%2Fdocs%2Freview%2Fnewproduct%2F20111208_496449.html

The CX4 at least to me has not been as good as I had reason to think before I bought one. Like the G700 and the CX5 it occasionally struggles with a grey drab cast which partly ruin the images for me. That's with NR set to Off and I'm not sure if it would be any better if I used Auto or Normal instead. It was not seen very often in sample images from reviews so I thought it should not be an issue.

Some of my own images with it in an other thread and I'm not using it actively anymore.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3531078

I'll try find another decent copy of the R3 and also test the R5 instead. I might have a closer look at the CX3 to try and check if the NR have the same issue with the grey cast, but I don't really like the 'joystick' compared to the usual control of other Ricohs like the GRDI and R3 etc.

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