Ricoh CX1 review
I've been looking for years for a good point and shoot camera, one
comparable to my old digital camera from 4-5 years ago. I haven't had any
luck, because the newer cameras tend to be blurry, unsaturated, noisy - too
many pixels, I think. Picture quality seems to go only downhill as
So, looking for camera amusement, I purchased the Ricoh CX1 solely for it's
two shot dynamic range mode ("DR"). That feature turned out to be a
disappointment, because it's not very dramatic/effective, and the minor
result tends to blur without a tripod.
BUT, the camera itself surprised me! The dynamic range captured is very
good in normal one-shot mode, even without the disappointing "DR" setting.
The colors are great, and contrast, color, sharpness, and other settings are
user changeable. The automatic white balance is the best I've ever seen.
Although not capable of going fully manual, there are plenty of features to
keep me amused, including "Interval," which takes pics in user definable
increments from five seconds on up, and goes on until the battery drains
away or the card gets full. Also, "Step zoom," which allows you to zoom to
predetermined focal lengths, which helps to avoid the overly fast zoom dial. It
also comes in handy when saving your settings to "My 1" or "My 2," as you can
dial in 50mm for example, and know exactly what state your zoom will be in
when you power on. The macro mode is great fun - I've never found a better
macro in any point and shoot.
The only drawbacks I see to this camera are 1: don't buy it for dynamic
range mode, you'll probably be disappointed, and 2: no way to turn off
noise reduction, which would be nice. At high iso, noise reduction tends to
smear the results, but the smeared effect is better in my mind than blur.
This camera handily beats any of the standard point and shoot big name
brands that you can find in retail stores. Also, due to the
unusual configuration of the shutter button (a little more depressed/indented
than normal for me,) I usually make shots using the timer, to prevent camera
shake. Luckily, there's no annoying flashing red light on the 2 second countdown