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Ricoh unveils CX5 compact superzoom with Hybrid AF

Jan 26, 2011 at 06:00 GMT

Ricoh has unveiled the CX5 compact superzoom with Hybrid AF. It represents the re-introduction of an AF system that combines a distance sensor with more conventional contrast detection method to offer focus times of as little as 0.2sec regardless of focal length. Beyond this, it offers the same 10MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 10.7x (28-300mm equiv.) zoom lens, 920k dot 3 inch LCD and 720p HD video recording as the CX4. It's not clear how the AF system differs from the one the company used up until 2007, but it is claimed to almost double the speed of the CX4. Other new features include 'Super-Resolution' context-sensitive image processing and three additional scene modes.

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Introducing the new CX5


Offering High-speed Focus with a Hybrid AF System Compact digital camera with 10.7x optical zoom (28-300 mm)

January 26, 2011 RICOH COMPANY, LTD: (helmed by president and CEO Shiro Kondo) will be releasing its newly developed CX5 digital camera model with its wide-angle, high magnification 10.7x optical zoom (28–300 mm) lens, which has a higher autofocus speed due to the use of Ricoh's new hybrid AF system.

With the new CX5 model, AF focusing times are decreased to as low as 0.2 sec. for both wide-angle 28 mm and telephoto 300 mm, up to half as short compared to the CX4, using Ricoh's unique new hybrid AF system.

This ensures that you reliably capture the image you were waiting for, never to miss another good shot again.

Using super-resolution technology, the CX5 also allows (1) recording of images with improved resolution using the "Super-resolution" setting and (2) telephoto shooting at up to 600 mm equivalent with minimal degradation in image quality using "Super-resolution Zoom."

Furthermore, in addition to the new Cooking, Fireworks, and Continuous Golf Swing scene modes, the CX5 has improved features that make shooting photographs even more fun through the use of super-resolution zoom during Zoom Macro mode shooting and other functions.

The CX5 is an even more enhanced compact digital camera that was designed based on the concept of it being "a tool that you will find yourself wanting to use every day."

Available in three colors: Black, Silver, and Pink.

Main Features of the New CX5

High-speed autofocus using the unique hybrid AF system developed by Ricoh

Improved image resolution through use of super-resolution technology

Super-resolution zoom equivalent to up to 600 mm in addition to the 10.7x 28–300 mm optical zoom

High-quality photography that widens the range of image expression

14 different types of Scene Modes providing easy access to whole suites of photographic techniques specifically adapted to the subject

Creative shooting modes that allow you to enjoy shooting creative images

High-definition 3.0-inch, 920,000-dot LCD monitor

A wide variety of functions based on the concept of the CX5 being "a tool that you will find yourself wanting to use every day"

Ricoh CX5 specifications

Sensor • 1/2.3" Type CMOS
• 10.00 million effective pixels
• 10.60 total pixels
Image sizes • 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 clips • 1280 x 720
• 640 x 480
• 320 x 240
Text • 3648 x 2736
• 2048 x 1536
File formats • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
• CIPA DC-007-2009 Multi-Picture Format
• AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG Format compliant)
• WAVE (Sound Files)
Lens • 28 - 300mm (35mm equiv)
With Step Zoom set: 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 105mm, 135mm, 200mm, and 300mm
• f = 4.9-52.5mm
• 10.7x optical zoom
• F3.5-5.6
• Lens Construction: 10 elements in 7 groups (aspheric lens: 4 elements and 5 surfaces)
Digital zoom up to 4.8x
Focus Contrast AF method with AF auxiliary light
• Multi
• Spot
• Face-priority
• Multi

Contrast AF method
• Subject-tracking AF
• Multi-target AF

Fixed focus method
• Manual Focus
• Snap
Focus distance Closest focus distance 1 cm
Metering • Multi (256 segments)
• Centre Weighted Light Metering
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Auto Bracketing +/- 5EV
Shutter speed • 8 sec-1/1200 sec
• Movie : 1/30 - 1/2000 sec.
Shooting modes • Auto
• Movie
• Scene auto
• Scene
• My Settings
• Continuous mode
• Creative shooting modes
Scene modes • Portrait
• Discreet
• Night. Portrait
• Night Landscape
• Multi-shot
• Sports
• Landscape
• Zoom Macro
• Pets
• Skew Correct
• High Sensitivity
• Text
• Fireworks
• Cooking
• Golf Swing Continuous Mode
Creative shooting modes • Dynamic Range
• Double Shot
• Miniaturize
• High Contrast B&W
• Soft Focus
• Cross Process
• Toy Camera
White balance • Auto
• Multi-Pattern
• Outdoors
• Cloudy
• Incandescent
• Incandescent 2
• Fluorescent
• Manual
• White Balance Bracket
Self timer • 2 or 10sec
• Custom
Continuous shooting • Approx 5 fps
Flash • Auto, Red-eye-Reduction, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
• Range : Approx. 20 cm - 4.0 m (Wide), approx. 28 cm -3.0m (Telephoto)
• Flash Compensation (+/-2.0EV (1/3EV Steps)
LCD monitor • 3.0" TFT
• 920,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB Hi-Speed
• Micro HDMI
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
Storage • Internal memory 40MB
• SD, SDHC
Power Rechargeable Battery DB-100
Weight (no batt) 176 g
Dimensions 102 x 58 x 29 mm

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