The CX4 is the latest advanced compact in the CX range from Ricoh. It has an eye-catching specification, but does it offer enough to compete with the big guns?

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Ricoh CX4

Overall score:88%
Image Quality:90%


  • Design, impressive LCD screen, excellent image quality


  • No Raw capture, no manual control, soft midtones


Ricoh CX4 Review


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Ricoh CX4 review ? Design and Performance

Ricoh CX4 review – Design

The CX4 is barely different from the CX3 in terms of design – it feels as though it is cut from a single bar of brushed metal, with the solidity to match. The top plate is pleasingly sparsely populated, with just a mode dial, shutter release and power button present. On the rear of the camera sit four operation buttons in a row, a playback button and a control / adjustment dial which takes the form of a small joystick. The camera itself sits comfortably in the hand, with a small rubber grip on the rear of the camera placed perfectly in position for the thumb’s natural resting place.

Ricoh CX4 review – Performance

The CX4’s focusing system, while a little noisy in use, is both fast and accurate, and the subject tracking also performs well. The design of the camera is such that shooting with it is a pleasure, while a reasonably well-designed menu system also helps. Exposure and white balance is generally reliable and although the various creative filters offer decent results you can’t help but feel that the CX4 would be better off with both full manual control and Raw image capture.

  1. 1. Ricoh CX4 review – Features
  2. 2. Ricoh CX4 review ? Design and Performance
  3. 3. Ricoh CX4 review - Image Quality
  4. 4. Ricoh CX4 review ? Value and Verdict
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