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Ricoh's CX4 digital camera. Photo provided by Ricoh Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture! Ricoh CX4: Subtle tweaks for long-zoom compact
(Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 18:16 EDT)

Japan's Ricoh Co. Ltd. has today announced its CX4 digital camera, a replacement for its previous CX3 model, that includes a relatively modest selection of tweaks in terms of image stabilization, noise processing, and a few other areas.

The Ricoh CX4 features the same ten megapixel, backside illuminated CMOS image sensor and 10.7x folding optical zoom lens as its predecessor. The CX4 also retains that camera's sensor shift image stabilization, 3.0-inch high-res LCD panel, SD / SDHC storage, and custom lithium ion battery pack.

Changes since the CX3 are to be found in a few key areas. The Ricoh CX4 has an updated sensor shift image stabilization system, said to be good for a 3.7 stop correction. It also has tweaked noise processing algorithms, although the ISO 100 setting has been dropped from the camera at the same time. The Ricoh CX4's autofocus system now offers subject tracking capability. There's also a new multi-shot night landscape mode that merges four separate images in-camera to create one exposure with reduced blur from camera shake, and three new special effects modes -- Soft Focus, Cross Process, and Toy Camera. Battery life has been improved by some 20 shots to CIPA standards, and available flash memory decreased by 2MB to 86MB total -- likely to accommodate some of the new firmware features. The software bundle has also been changed, and support for older operating systems such as Windows 2000 and Mac OS 9.x ceased.

The Ricoh CX4 goes on sale in Japan from September 3, 2010, with monthly production of 50,000 units. Pricing has not been disclosed, and nor has the company indicated any plans for sale in overseas markets, such as the USA. More details can be found in our Ricoh CX4 preview.

Ricoh CX4
Ricoh's CX4 digital camera. Photo provided by Ricoh Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!
Model NumberNorth America: CX4
Dimensions4.0 x 2.3 x 1.2 in.
(102 x 59 x 29 mm)
Weight7.2 oz (205 g)
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCMOS
1/2.3" (approx. 0.43 in. diagonal)
10.60 megapixels (total)
10.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
3648 x 2432 (8.9 megapixels)
2736 x 2736 (7.5 megapixels)
3648 x 2048 (7.5 megapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1728 x 1296 (2.2 megapixels)
1280 x 960 (1.2 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Capture SpeedStandard: 3.0 frames per second
Continuous: 5.0 frames per second for 12 frames
Image Quality2 levels
Image Preview / Review
LCD3.0 in. diagonal
920,000 dots (approx. 307,000 pixels)
Playback Zoom16.0x max
Lens TypeRicoh Zoom; 10 elements in 7 groups (4 asph. elements, 5 asph. surfaces)
10.7x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length4.9 - 52.5mm (actual)
28 - 300mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/3.5 (wide) / f/5.6 (tele) - ???
Focusing SystemMulti / spot contrast detection with face priority and tracking
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing RangeNormal: 12" - infinity (30 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 4,082" (1 cm - 10,000 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed8 - 1/2000 second
Exposure ModesProgram
Metering Modes256-segment multi, center-weighted, spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Multi-Pattern Auto, Outdoors, Cloudy, Incandescent 1, Incandescent 2, Fluorescent, Manual
Internal FlashModes: Auto Flash, Red-eye Flash, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Range: Approx. 20 cm - 4.0 m (Wide), approx. 28 cm - 3.0 m (Telephoto) (ISO Auto to 1600 max.)
Flash Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
Scene ModesPortrait, Discreet Mode, Night. Port., Night Landscape Multi-shot, Sports, Landscape, Zoom Macro, Pets, Skew Correct Mode, High Sens, Text Mode
Digital ZoomUp to 4.8x
Self TimerYes, 2 or 10 seconds
Time LapseYes
Movie FormatAVI (OpenDML Motion JPEG) with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC including SDHC, Built-in
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF v2.3)
VideoStandard definition: Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
Battery TypeLithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary DB-100
Product Bundle
SoftwareMediaBrowser and DL-10 software for PC, VM-1 software for Mac
Flash Memory86.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
NotesCMOS image sensor is backside illuminated type. Class 6 or greater SD card recommended for 720p movie shooting. When LCD Dim is set to On, battery life increases to 330 shots using CIPA standard. Has electronic level function. Multi-Picture recording uses CIPA DC-007-2009 Multi-Picture Format.

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