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The Ricoh PX was announced in June 2010 and is a waterproof, shockproof and dustproof digital compact camera. The camera is available in black, silver and green with an RRP of £179.99 and there are a range of colourful protector cases available.
Ricoh PX Front
The Ricoh PX is waterproof to a depth of 3m for 60 minutes and shockproof to 1.5m. On the rear of the camera is a 2.7 inch, 230,000 dot, LCD screen with a scratch resistant coating.
Premium shot mode gives a total of 28 scenes to choose from including: Portrait, Night Portrait, Hand-Held Night Scene, Party, Cooking, Sweets, Loupe, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Sports, Fireworks, Auction, Skew Correct Mode, Pets, Miniature, Toy Camera, High Contrast Black & White, Soft Focus, Cross Process, Black and White and Sepia. The user can also add five modes of their own.
Movies can be recorded at 1280 x 720 pixel HD at 30 fps and can be watched back on a HD television when connected by a HDMI cable, which is sold separately.
Ricoh PX Top
- 16 megapixel CCD sensor
- Image sensor shift stabilisation
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28 - 140mm)
- SR digital zoom (equivalent to 10x optical zoom)
- Auto resize zoom
- Waterproof to 3m
- Shockproof to 1.5m
- 2.7 inch LCD monitor
- Start-up in 1.4 seconds
- Premium shot mode
- 28 scene modes
- Subject tracking AF
- Face-priority AF
- Multi-pattern auto white-balance
- Multiple aspect rations
- Rate favourite photos
- Calendar playback
- Shock-absorbing protective jackets (available separately)
- Hide personal pictures
- 720p HD movie recording
- Eye-Fi support
- Burst shooting
- USB charging
Ricoh PX Rear
The menus are not like those found on many compact cameras, but after practice you will get used to them. All the buttons are easy to press, with dedicated buttons for the flash, self-timers and video recording. Focus speed is good and the camera is ready to take pictures within a couple of seconds of switching on. The battery's CIPA rating is 300 shots which is good and the camera certainly proved capable of taking at least this number of shots during test. There are three methods for continuous shooting: continuous, stream continuous and memory-reversal continuous, capable of 1, 7.5 and 7.8 fps respectively.
Ricoh PX Battery
Ricoh PX Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/930 sec | f/3.9 | 5 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom | 1/570 sec | f/7 | 25 mm | ISO 100
10x digital zoom | 1/620 sec | f/7 | 25 mm | ISO 100
48x digital zoom | 1/810 sec | f/5.4 | 25 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/6 sec | f/3.9 | 5 mm | ISO 100
Loupe mode | 1/9 sec | f/3.9 | 5 mm | ISO 100
Noise is good at ISO 100 with only a hint creeping in at ISO 200. There is more noise at ISO 400 but it's not having a significant impact on image quality and the same can be said for ISO 800, At ISO 1600 there is a significant amount of noise, which makes the image lose sharpness, with both colour and sharpness being lost at ISO 3200. ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 are best used for images which are to shared on the web rather than full size prints.
Ricoh PX ISO test images
ISO 100 | 1/7 sec | f/4.6 | 8.2 mm
ISO 200 | 1/15 sec | f/4.6 | 8.2 mm
ISO 400 | 1/28 sec | f/4.6 | 8.2 mm
ISO 800 | 1/52 sec | f/4.6 | 8.2 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/104 sec | f/4.6 | 8.2 mm
ISO 3200 | 1/217 sec | f/4.6 | 8.2 mm
Below are a range of images taken using some of the scene modes available. Landscapes look good with a nice boost given to the greens and blues. Portraits with the flash looked a little washed out but there is little sign of red-eye.
Ricoh PX Scene modes
Landscape | 1/9760 sec | f/3.9 | 5 mm | ISO 100
Landscape with building | 1/164 sec | f/10.6 | 5 mm | ISO 100
1/84 sec | f/5.6 | 15.2 mm | ISO 800
Sport | 1/500 sec | f/5.3 | 12 mm | ISO 100
Pet mode | 1/90 sec | f/5.4 | 14 mm | ISO 100
Miniature 1 | 1/143 sec | f/5.6 | 15 mm | ISO 100
Under our incandescent studio lights, the auto white-balance setting copes well, with a similar image produced when using the incandescent preset. When using the fluorescent lights, the AWB preset gives a green cast in the image, with the fluorescent preset having a magenta cast.
Ricoh PX White-balance test images
AWB - tungsten | 1/7 sec | f/4.6 | 8.2 mm | ISO 100
Tungsten - tungsten | 1/7 sec | f/4.6 | 8.2 mm | ISO 100
AWB - fluorescent | 0.5 sec | f/4.6 | 8.2 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent - fluorescent | 0.5 sec | f/4.6 | 8.2 mm | ISO 100
Within the scene modes there are six filter effects which can be applied to images, examples of each are below.
Ricoh PX Digital filters
Black and White | 1/9 sec | f/4.6 | 8 mm | ISO 100
Toy Camera | 1/9 sec | f/4.6 | 8 mm | ISO 100
High Contrast Black And White | 1/9 sec | f/4.6 | 8 mm | ISO 100
Soft Focus | 1/9 sec | f/4.6 | 8 mm | ISO 100
Sepia | 1/9 sec | f/4.6 | 8 mm | ISO 100
Cross Process | 1/9 sec | f/4.6 | 8 mm | ISO 100
Video ModeBelow is a sample video shot at 720p HD. Another example can be seen by visiting the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
Value For MoneyThere is a good range of cameras which offer waterproof and shockproof performance but unlike the Ricoh PX, the cameras listed below all offer some protection against freezing conditions.
|Fujifilm FinePix XP10||3m||1m||-10°C||£108.99|
|Olympus Tough TG-310||3m||1.5m||-10°C||£128.99|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP30||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£128.99|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10||3m||1.5m||-10°C||£149.99|
|Olympus Tough TG-610||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£188.00|
|Canon PowerShot D10||10m||1.2m||-10°C||£214.99|
|Olympus Tough TG-810||10m||2m||-10°C||£224.99|
|Pentax Optio WG-1 (GPS)||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£208.99 (£228.99)|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2||10m||2m||-10°C||£248.99|
|Sony Cyber-shot TX10||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£294.99|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3||12m||2m||-10°C||£298.99|
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 and Pentax Optio WG-1, this camera is more likely to suit those who want a day-to-day camera with the added bonus that it is water and shockproof. Image quality is good, as is colour reproduction although the menu system is not like those found on other compact cameras.
Ricoh PX: ProsExcellent colour reproduction
Good battery life
Ricoh PX: ConsNot freezeproof
Menu system takes a bit of getting used to
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Ricoh PX Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.9 - f/5.4|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 140mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||230,000 dots|
|Touch Screen||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||8sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Battery Type||DB-100 rechargeable battery|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||Rechargeable Battery, USB Power Adapter, Plug, AV Cable, Handstrap, Warranty & Camera User Guide|