Ricoh CX5: A camera that can cook dinner? No but it’s speedy and has excellent zoom

Okay, this made me look twice. Reading about the latest camera out of the Ricoh stable, my eyes were drawn to the section of the press release that said it featured cooking and golf swing modes. I know we’re always joking that some gadgets can do pretty much everything except the washing up, but I was intrigued.


Sadly, it’s not about to get up and cook dinner for you (which is a shame, because I’m getting a bit peckish but really need to get this story off to our editor). But it does have settings specifically aimed at capturing these activities, along with fireworks, which is rather handy if you are more interested in taking photos than fiddling about with the right settings.

But what really sets this camera apart is the fact that it offers excellent zooming power and speedier autofocus, thanks to Ricoh’s new hybrid autofocus system. This latest CX5 model features AF focusing times that are as short as 0.2 sec. for both wide-angle 28 mm and telephoto 300 mm, – that’s almost half as long as the CX4, so you shouldn’t ever miss out on that fantastic shot again.

The CX5 also uses super-resolution technology to offer improved resolution of images and to allow you to use a zoom that is equivalent to a 600mm lens without resulting in a degradation of image.

Other features tally up with its predecessor; wide angle 10.7x optical zoom (28-300mm), 3in screen with 920k pixels, 10 megapixel sensor, anti-shake sensor, 5fps shooting, 720p HD video, HDMI out, and a top ISO setting of ISO3200.

This compact camera was designed along the concept that it would become “a tool that you will find yourself wanting to use every day” and if it proves to be as competent as Ricoh has made it sound (and I was really impressed with the picture quality and ease of use of the CX4 when I reviewed it last year) that could certainly be true

The Ricoh CX5 will be available at the end of February in three colours: Black, Silver, and Pink and will cost £259.99

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