Ricoh's CX5 features a specification befitting a advanced compact camera and a price-tag to match. But does it improve on the previous generation, the Ricoh CX4, enough to warrant the upgrade? We take a closer look to find out if it stands up to the test...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Ricoh CX5

Overall score:86%
Image Quality:90%


  • Good image quality, excellent LCD screen, retro design


  • Lack of manual mode, no Raw capture, high price tag relative to competing advanced compacts


Ricoh CX5 Review


Price as reviewed:


Value & Verdict

Ricoh CX5 review – Value

The Ricoh CX5 is currently
available for around its RRP of £259.99. This places it firmly in to the
advanced compact category and up against some tough competition. When
you consider what its competition offer, and despite its excellent image
quality, you’d have to say that its lacking in relation to its peers.

Ricoh CX5 review – Verdict

The Ricoh CX5 is a worthy addition to the CX series, and remains strong in the core areas in which is the CX series is known to excel. However, it suffers from the same failings as previous models have, and still doesn’t feature Raw capture or full manual shooting controls. Overall, once again the CX series is just a few small tweaks away from being a great advanced compact.


Dimensions:101.5 x 58.6 x 29.4mm
Power:Li-ion rechargeable DB-100
Connectivity:USB 2, AV Out
Memory Card:SD / SDHC
Flash Modes:Auto, red-eye, off
White Balance:Auto, multi, 5 preset, manual, bracket
ISO Range:80-3200
Metering System:Evaluative, Centre-weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes:Program, Smart-auto, scene, creative shooting modes
File Formats:JPEG, AVI
Shutter Speeds:1/2000 – 8 seconds
LCD:3in, 920k-dot LCD screen
Lens:28-300mm, f/3.5 – 5.6
Sensor:10MP, 1/2.3in Backlit CMOS sensor
  1. 1. Ricoh CX5 review - Features
  2. 2. Performance & Image Quality
  3. 3. Value & Verdict
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