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Ricoh CX6 Lens Extended
Ricoh released their first CX camera back in February 2009 and have released regular updates since. The latest version, the CX6, was announced in November 2011 with an RRP of £259.99 and is available in black, silver and pink.
Ricoh CX6 Front
To aide telephoto shooting there is a new zoom assist monitor function that activates when shooting at over 93mm and displays a small image on the LCD monitor (equivalent to a 85mm focal length) so that you can check the framing of the shot.
Bridging the gap between a compact and a DSLR, the CX6 has new aperture/shutter-speed priority modes. The camera also has a noise reduction function and super-resolution technology which gives images a high-resolution feel by automatically discerning outlines, details and gradations in the image. There are also a range of creative filters including Bleach Bypass which takes images with heightened contrast and muted colours.
Movies are recorded in 720p HD with autofocus and optical zoom both available during recording as well as stereo sound. The snap movie shooting function allows the shooting of short video clips.
Ricoh CX6 Top
- Back illuminated 10 megapixel sensor
- 10.7x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-300mm)
- AF times as fast as 0.1 seconds
- 1cm minimum focus distance
- 5fps high-speed shooting
- Super resolution zoom
- Aperture/shutter-speed priority modes
- Zoom assist motor function
- Movie release button
- 3 inch LCD 1.23m dot screen with fluorine coating
- 720p HD movie recording
- Available in black, silver and pink
Ricoh CX6 Screen
The buttons are all well spaced out and easy to press with the mode dial placed on top of the camera with the power button, shutter release and zoom rocker. The rest of the buttons are found on the rear of the camera with the d-pad being like a small joystick. The menu systems is very clearly laid out and easy to navigate.
The Ricoh CX6 battery life is rated at a fair 260 shots according to Ricoh / CIPA testing. On the rear of the camera is a 3 inch, 1.23 million dot, LCD screen which is 1.7x brighter than the CX5. There is a fluorine coating to prevent scratches and the screen will also adjust its brightness based on the level of the brightness of the subject, minimising the loss of visibility that can occur due to changes in the shooting environment. The CX6 also has a dedicated movie record button, meaning you can record videos no matter what shooting mode you are in.
Below we have measured shutter response and focusing speed at both wide angle and telephoto settings. We took 6 shots and calculated the average speed of the camera. The results can be seen below.
|Ricoh CX5||Ricoh CX6|
|Shutter Response Average||0.05 seconds||0.1 seconds|
|Wide - Focus and Shutter Response Average||0.15 - 0.2 seconds||0.125 seconds|
|Full zoom - Focus and Shutter Response Average||0.35 - 0.4 seconds||0.45 seconds|
|Switch on time||2 seconds||1.4 seconds|
|Shot-to-shot||1.2 - 1.5 seconds||1 second|
|AF Continuous Shooting||No data||3.1 fps|
|Continuous Shooting||5 fps||5 fps|
|M-Cont Plus (10 megapixels)||No data||5 fps|
|M-Cont Plus (2 megapixels)||No data||31 fps|
|Speed Continuous (low) (VGA)
||No data||60 fps|
|Speed Continuous (high) (VGA)
||No data||120 fps|
Although the CX6 has a slightly longer shutter response time, when shooting wide the focus speed is extremely minimal meaning it is quicker to focus that the CX5. When shooting with the full zoom the focus and shutter response average is slightly longer.
Also tested is the switch on time and shot-to-shot time, both of which are quick and an improvement on the CX5. The camera has a range of continuous shooting modes with the camera capable of shooting full sized, 10 megapixel images at 5 fps.
Ricoh CX6 Battery and Memory Card
Ricoh CX6 Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/540 sec | f/3.5 | 4.9 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom | 1/310 sec | f/5.6 | 52.5 mm | ISO 100
Digital zoom | 1/310 sec | f/5.6 | 52.5 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/12 sec | f/3.7 | 5.4 mm | ISO 100
There isn't any noise at ISO 100 and as you go through the ISO range there are just subtle increases at ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800 and ISO 1600 with good sharp images produced. At the maximum setting, ISO 3200, there is a significant amount of noise with images appearing softened.
Ricoh CX6 ISO test images
ISO 100 | 1/21 sec | f/4.5 | 12.2 mm
ISO 200 | 1/45 sec | f/4.5 | 12.2 mm
ISO 400 | 1/97 sec | f/4.5 | 12.2 mm
ISO 800 | 1/217 sec | f/4.5 | 12.2 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/380 sec | f/4.5 | 12.2 mm
ISO 3200 | 1/870 sec | f/4.5 | 12.2 mm
The following images have been taken using some of the scene modes available. As well as these scene modes you can opt to shoot using aperture and shutter speed priority modes. Landscapes have excellent blues and greens with portrait shots having good skin tones and no red-eye.
Ricoh CX6 Sample Photos
Landscape | 1/760 sec | f/3.5 | 4.9 mm | ISO 100
Landscape with building | 1/350 sec | f/8.4 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
Portrait | 1/48 sec | f/4.2 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
Sport | 1/870 sec | f/5.9 | 34.9 mm | ISO 400
Pet mode | 1/45 sec | f/4.8 | 38.9 mm | ISO 100
Sun through trees | 1/810 sec | f/3.5 | 4.9 mm | ISO 100
The auto white-balance (AWB) setting handles most lighting situations well although under our incandescent studio lighting it produces and image with a strong orange cast with a much better image taken when using the incandescent preset. Under the fluorescent lights the AWB preset produces a good image with the respective preset taking an image with a magenta cast.
Ricoh CX6 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/21 sec | f/3.7 | 5.4 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/21 sec | f/3.7 | 5.4 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/7 sec | f/3.7 | 5.4 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/7 sec | f/3.7 | 5.4 mm | ISO 100
The CX6 has a creative shooting mode which includes dynamic range, miniaturise, bleach bypass, high contrast black and white, soft focus, toy camera and cross process, with a selection of examples below.
Ricoh CX6 Digital filters
Bleach bypass | 1/5 sec | f/4.5 | 12.2 mm | ISO 100
Cross process | 1/5 sec | f/4.5 | 12.2 mm | ISO 100
Dynamic range | 1/5 sec | f/4.5 | 12.2 mm | ISO 100
High-contrast black and white | 1/5 sec | f/4.5 | 12.2 mm | ISO 100
Toy camera | 1/5 sec | f/4.5 | 12.2 mm | ISO 100
Soft | 1/5 sec | f/4.5 | 12.2 mm | ISO 100
Video ModeThe video below has been shot at 720p HD. Optical zoom can be used during recording although you can here the zoom operating. The camera can also shoot VGAs and Snap Movies with durations of 3, 5 and 10 seconds or custom up to 60 seconds.
Value For MoneyThe Ricoh CX6 has an RRP of £259.99. Still available is the Ricoh CX5 priced at £184.00. Other cameras to consider are the Casio Exilim EZ-ZR100 (12.1 megapixels, 12.5x optical zoom) for £180.66, Olympus SZ-20 (16 megapixel sensor, 12.5x optical zoom) for £199.99, Canon Powershot SX230 HS (12 megapixel sensor, 14x optical zoom) for £265.00, Sony Cybershot HX7v (16 megapixel sensor, 10x optical zoom) for £215.42.
|The Ricoh CX6 is a versatile camera capable of taking very pleasing images.|
Ricoh CX6 ProsMinimum focus distance
5 fps high-speed shooting
Good build quality
Quick focusing speed
Good colour reproduction
Good noise performance up to ISO1600
Ricoh CX6 ConsPurple fringing visible on occasion
No grip on front of camera as found on CX5
Noise when using zoom during video recording
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Ricoh CX6 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.5 - f/5.6|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 300mm|
|CCD pixels||10Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||1.23 million dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||8sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Battery (DB-100)|
|Box Contents||Rechargeable battery, battery charger, USB cable, AV cable, handstrap, warranty, camera user guide|