Ricoh's latest CX model features an improved sensor, but does that mean improved results?
Value and Verdict
Currently priced around the £300 mark, the Ricoh CX3 finds itself in the company of some respectable advanced shooters, but it’s worth bearing in mind the fact that the CX3 is lacking both Raw capture and full manual shooting control. However, it’s also worth noting that its predecessor, the CX2, currently retails at around just £50 less than the CX3. When you consider that the CX3 offers the upgrades of a new and improved sensor, as well as HD video capture, its value starts to look more impressive.
There’s no doubting that the CX3 is an impressive camera. It’s one of the most striking advanced compact cameras on the market, and with its 920k dot, 3in LCD, is a pleasure to use. Add to that HD video capture and an impressive backlit sensor and you think you’d be onto a winner. However, the lack of Raw capture and full manual control over images is a real loss, and mean that the CX3 cannot currently be considered amongst the advanced compact camera elite.