CX5 FAQs - By Product

[Question] What is the difference between CX5, and CX4 or CX3 ?

See the following comparison chart.

[Image sensor / Lens]

Items CX5 CX4 CX3
Effective pixels (Total pixels) (approx.) 10.00 million pixels (10.60 million pixels)
Image sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
Focal length f = 4.9 - 52.5 mm
28 - 300 mm (35 mm film cameras equivalent)
F-Aperture F: 3.5 (wide) - 5.6 (telephoto)
Shooting distance
(From the front of the lens)
Approx. 0.3 meter - infinity (wide)
Approx. 1.5 meter - infinity (telephoto)
Macro range
(From the front of the lens)
Wide : approx. 0.01 meter - infinity
Telephoto : approx. 0.28 meter - infinity
Zoom macro : approx. 0.01 meter - infinity
Display the minimum distance at Macro Available Available Available
Lens construction 10 elements in 7 groups (4 aspherical lens elements with 5 surfaces)
Optical zoom 10.7 x
(28 - 300 mm / 35mm filmcamera equivalent)
Super Resolution zoom *a1 2 x
(300 - 600 mm / 35 mm filmcamera equivalent)
N/A N/A
Digital zoom 4.8 x
(600 - 2880 mm / 35 mm filmcamera equivalent)

4.8 x
(300 - 1440 mm / 35 mm filmcamera equivalent)

Auto Resize zoom *a2 5.7 x 5.7 x 5.7 x
Combination with optical zoom : up to 61.0x (1710 mm / 35 mm filmcameras equivalent)

[Photograph features of camera]

Items CX5 CX4 CX3
Image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine IV *b1 Smooth Imaging Engine IV *b1 Smooth Imaging Engine IV *b1
AF method Hybrid AF (Contrast AF / External Passive AF) Contrast AF method Contrast AF method
Multi Target AF *b2 Available (in Focus menu) Available (in Focus menu) Available (in Focus menu)
5 frames 5 frames 5 frames
Pre-AF *b3 Available Available Available
Subject Tracking AF *b4 Available Available N/A
Creative Shooting modes ( Creative shooting mode mode) DR (Dynamic Range) / Miniaturize *b5 / High Contrast B&W *b6 / Soft Focus *b7 / Cross Process *b8 / Toy Camera *b9 N/A
SCENE modes -Portrait
-Sports
-Night. Port.
-Landscape
-Night Landscape Multi-shot *b10
-High Scens
-Zoom Macro
-Skew Correct Mode
-Text Mode
-Discreet Mode *b11
-Pets *b12
- Fireworks *b13
- Cooking *b14
- Golf Swing Continuous Mode *b15
-Portrait
-Sports
-Night. Port.
-Landscape
-Night Landscape Multi-shot *b10
-High Scens
-Zoom Macro
-Skew Correct Mode
-Text Mode
-Discreet Mode *b11
-Pets *b12
-Portrait
-Sports
-Night. Port.
-Landscape
-Nightscape
-High Scens
-Zoom Macro
-Skew Correct Mode
-Text Mode
-Discreet Mode *b11
-High Contrast B&W *b6
-Miniaturize *b5
-Pets *b12
SCENE Auto mode (S Auto mode) *b16 Available (Portrait, Sports, Night. Port., Landscape, Nightscape, Macro mode)
Face recognition mode Face-Pri. Multi (Focus mode),
Portrait mode (S Auto mode, or SCENE mode)
Face-Pri. AF (Focus mode),
Portrait mode (S Auto mode, or SCENE mode)
Antiblur function (Image stabilizer) Image Sensor shift stabilizer
Multi-pattern auto white balance *b17 Available (in white balance mode)
Level setting Available Available Available
Target shift Available (AE, AF, AE/AF) Available (AE, AF, AE/AF) Available (AE, AF, AE/AF)
Image quality, color settings [Image settings] Vivid, Standard, Custom setting, B&W, Sepia
Bracketing Focus bracket, Auto bracket, White balance bracket, Color bracket
Movies Available Available Available
Movie size *b18 HD 1280 x 720 (30 fps) / VGA 640 x 480 (30 fps) / QVGA 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Continuous mode / Multi shooting Normal continuous, Speed Cont., M-Cont plus
Multi shooting speed *b19
(with a high speed SD card)
Max. 5 frames / sec. Max. 5 frames / sec. Max. 5 frames / sec.
Speed Cont. 120 frames / about 1 sec. (120frames/sec)
120 frames / about 2 sec. (60frames/sec)
M-Cont plus 10M(N3648): Max. 15 frames per 1 burst,
2M(N1728): Max. 26 frames per 1 burst
ISO sensitivity / selectable value ISO AUTO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 ISO AUTO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 ISO AUTO / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
Step zoom at optical zoom 28 / 35 / 50 / 85 / 105 / 135 / 200 / 300 mm
(In Macro mode : 31 / 35 / 50 / 85 / 105 / 135 / 200 / 300 mm)
* 35 mm filmcamera equivalent
Step zoom at super resolution zoom 450 / 600 mm
* 35 mm filmcamera equivalent
N/A N/A
Flash control range (from the front of the lens) (W) 0.2 ~ 4.0 m
(T) 0.28 ~ 3.0 m
(W) 0.2 ~ 4.0 m
(T) 0.28 ~ 3.0 m
(W) 0.2 ~ 4.0 m
(T) 0.28 ~ 4.0 m
ISO AUTO / ISO 1600 ISO AUTO / ISO 1600 ISO AUTO / ISO 1600
Flash exposure compensation Available Available Available
Skew correction Skew correction mode (SCENE mode) & Skew correction on a captured image
Grid Guide Display options (framing grid at shooting) Available (3 options) Available (3 options) Available (3 options)
Noise reduction options *b20 Off / Auto / Weak / Strong / MAX Off / Auto / Weak / Strong / MAX Off / Auto / Weak / Strong / MAX
  • *b1) It will reduce noise at high ISO sensitivity. By Pixel output interpolation algorithm, it will be able to provide dynamic range expansion (1 EV at maximum; in comparison with the previous image processing)
  • *b2) Multi-trgt AF: Camera automatically determines multiple focus positions and takes consecutive pictures at one shutter release(5 frames at once). These multiple frames are recorded as a single MP file.
  • [What is an MP file?]
  • [What is the Multi-target AF function? ]
  • *b3) Pre-AF: The camera will do preliminaries on focus, corresponding with changes on the subject, even if you will not yet press the shutter release half way.
  • [About the [Pre-AF] feature.]
  • *b4) Subject Tracking AF: The camera will track the subject while the shutter release button is pressed halfway. You can take a picture in focus by pressing the shutter release button all the way.
  • *b5) Miniaturize: This mode captures an image that appear to be a picture of dioramas.
  • [What is the Miniaturize in the Creative Shooting mode ?]
  • *b6) High Contrast B&W Mode: This mode takes a picture with higher contrast B&W than those in normal B&W mode. It will produces grainy images similar to those taken with highly sensitive film or high grain film developing.
  • [What is the High Contrast B&W Mode in the Creative Shooting mode ?]
  • *b7) Soft Focus: This mode takes a picture with soft focus effects similar to those created by soft focus lenses. The amount of softening option is available.
  • [What is the Soft Focus in the Creative Shooting mode ?]
  • *b8) Cross Process: This mode takes a picture with colors that differ markedly from those of the actual subject. The colors can be selected using the [Hue] option.
  • [What is the Cross Process in the Creative Shooting mode ?]
  • *b9) Toy Camera: This mode takes a picture with high contrast, saturated colors associated with toy cameras. The created picture has effects of distortion, vignetting (captured with darkness in the four corners). The amount of vignetting, and amount of toy color effect is selectable.
  • [What is the Toy Camera in the Creative Shooting mode ?]
  • *b10) Night Landscape Multi-shot: Use for night scenes. Blur caused by camera shake is reduced even in handheld shots. Since this mode takes 4 pictures continuously and then combines to create a single image, shooting and recording time is longer than other modes.
  • [What is the Night Landscape Multi-shot in the SCENE mode ?]
  • *b11) Discreet Mode: Regardless of the sound setting, the camera will take a picture with disabled Flash and operating sound.
  • [What is the Discreet Mode in the SCENE mode ?]
  • *b12) Pet mode: The flash, AF auxiliary light, and operation sounds are turned off in this mode, to avoid frightening a pet. If a face(s) of pets is detected, the camera will be going to focus on the face(s).
  • [What is the Pets in the SCENE mode?]
  • *b13) Fireworks : This will be useful for fireworks scene.
  • [What is the "Fireworks" in the SCENE mode ?]
  • *b14) Cooking : This will be useful when taking a picture of food or cooking. Macro mode is automatically selected. Brightness and color are adjustable in the screen.
  • [What is the "Cooking" in the SCENE mode ?]
  • *b15) Golf Swing Continuous Mode : This mode is useful for checking golf swing. The grid line is displayed when shooting and for playback.
  • [What is the Golf Swing Continuous Mode in the SCENE mode ?]
  • *b16) The camera will automatically select an optimal scene mode from Portrait, Sports, Night. Port., Landscape, Nightscape, and Macro mode.
  • *b17) Camera automatically selects the optimal white balance according to the conditions of sun and shade or the flash illumination range.
  • [What is the [Multi-P AUTO] (multi-pattern auto withe balance)?]
  • *b18) fps stands for frames per second. It is 30 frames with the CX5/CX3. With the CX2, you have options of 30 fps or 15 fps in each size.
  • *b19) Camera takes multiple pictures continuously while you are pressing a shutter release button. The maximum number of images that can be shot in continuous mode is 999.
  • [About the Continuous mode (Normal Continuous, M-Cont Plus, and Speed Cont).]
  • *b20) It will perform noise reduction when taking a still image.

[Playback features of camera]

Items CX5 CX4 CX3
Flag function setting *c1 Available Available Available
Up to 20 files Up to 20 files Up to 20 files
Trimming images Available Available Available
Selectable the aspect ratio from [4:3] or [1:1]
Resize images Available Available Available
Image brightness and contrast correction Available (Level Compensation: Auto / Manual)
White balance (color tone) correction Available (adjustable in Green, Magenta, Blue, Amber)
Skew Correction Available Available Available
Image rotation Available / automatic rotation in Playback
Thumbnail view 20 frames or 81 frames view
Display by captured date Available Available Available
Display of enlarged image Available in the selected image, and switching to the next image while staying enlarged
  • *c1) You can set useful images to Flag function. This will allow the Fn button to display an assigned image quickly.

[Other features of camera]

Items CX5 CX4 CX3
Body colors - Black
- Silver
- Pink
- Black
- Champagne silver
- Purple pink
- Black
- Violet
- Two-tone (Light gray x Pink)
Picture display (LCD) 3.0 inch / approx. 920,000 dots 3.0 inch / approx. 920,000 dots 3.0 inch / approx. 920,000 dots
LCD surface treatment Hard coat, fluorinated, Anti reflection coat *d1
LCD auto dim Available Available Available
Sleep mode *d2 Available N/A N/A
Shooting information display frame *d3 Available Available Available
Minimum shooting distance display *d4 Available Available Available
My Setting registrations Available Available Available
Feature assignment to the Fn button *d5 Available Available Available
Feature assignment to the ADJ. button *d6 Available Available Available
Built-in memory Approx. 40 MB Approx. 86 MB Approx. 88 MB
SD memory card Up to 2 GB Up to 2 GB Up to 2 GB
SDHC memory card Up to 32 GB Up to 32 GB Up to 32 GB
Eye-Fi SD card (X2 series) *d7 Supported Not supported Not supported
Battery DB-100 (included) DB-100 (included) DB-100 (included)
AC adapter N/A N/A N/A
Shooting capacity *d8
with LCD Auto Dim ON (with OFF)
Approx. 280 pictures (Approx. 260 pictures) Approx. 330 pictures (Approx. 310 pictures) Approx. 310 pictures (Approx. 290 pictures)
Shooting capacity *d8
with Sleep mode (set to [10 sec.])
Approx. 300 pictures N/A N/A
Weight of a camera (without batteries, an SD card, or a strap) Approx. 176 g Approx. 184 g Approx. 185 g
Output terminal (interface) - Common terminal for USB port / AV output x 1
- HDMI Micro output terminal (Type D) x 1
- USB terminal x 1
- AV output terminal x 1
- USB terminal x 1
- AV output terminal x 1
Neck strap ST-2 (optional *d9) ST-2 (optional *d9) ST-2 (optional *d9)
Soft case SC-90 (optional *d9) SC-90 (optional *d9) SC-90 (optional *d9)
PictBridge printing Available Available Available
  • *d1) Fluorinated is for soil-release finishing.
  • *d2) After the elapse of time set, the picture display shows 'sleeping...' message and turns into sleep mode. Selectable options are 10 sec., 1 min., 3 min. With Sleep mode is set, [LCD Auto Dim] option is not available.
  • *d3) The shooting information is not displayed over the subject, you can more easily compose your shot.
  • *d4) It shows the minimum shooting distance in zooming.
  • *d5) You can switch several features with the Fn button.
  • [What is the Fn (Function) button?]
  • *d6) You can assign 4 features from the shooting menu items into the ADJ. button.
  • *d7) It is X2 series of SD cards from Eye-Fi that have been confirmed to work with the CX5.
  • [Can the Eye-Fi cards be used with the CX5 ? ]
  • *d8) With each rechargeable battery. Number of pictures measured using CIPA standard parameters. Actual performance may vary according to usage conditions.
  • *d9) Some options may not be available in some regions. Please ask a local contact from the following FAQ.
  • [Where can I purchase a CX5 camera or accessories ? ]

[PC connections / software]

When you connect the camera to a computer:

  • Only the USB connection is available. Serial connection is not supported.
  • It is required a computer that is pre-installed with a supported OS version in the following chart, and that has a USB port as standard.
  • For downloading pictures to a computer, supplied software is for Windows only. For Macintosh, no software from Ricoh is required to download pictures. See the FAQ here for the details.
  • The following is the mass storage compatibility chart for each operating system.

[PC connections / Mass storage compatibility]
Items CX5 CX4 CX3
Windows 7 (64 bit) Supported Supported Supported
Windows 7 (32 bit) Supported Supported Supported
Windows Vista (32 bit)
Supported Supported Supported
Windows XP (32 bit)
Supported Supported Supported
Windows 2000 Not supported Not supported Supported
Windows Me Not supported Not supported Not supported
Windows 98 Not supported Not supported Not supported
Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.1.2 Supported Supported Supported
Mac OS 9.2.2 - 9.0 Not supported Not supported Supported
Mac OS 8.6 Not supported Not supported Not supported


Supplied software and information is stored in the internal memory in the camera. There is no CD-ROM disc in the package. Chart below shows the compatibility on the supplied software for the CX5.

[DL-10 / picture download software] *For Windows only

DL-10 for Windows CX5
Windows 7 (64 bit / 32 bit)
Windows Vista (32 bit only)
Windows XP (32 bit only)
Supported
Windows 2000
Windows Me
Windows 98
Not supported

[Media Browser / picture viewing & edit software]
*For Windows only
Media Browser for Windows CX5
Windows 7 (64 bit / 32 bit)
Windows Vista (32 bit only)
Windows XP (32 bit only)
Supported
Windows 2000
Windows Me
Windows 98
Not supported

[VM-1 / MP file viewer software] *For Macintosh only
VM-1 for Macintosh CX5
Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.4 Supported
Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.1.2 Not supported
Mac OS 9.2.2 - 9.0 Not supported
Mac OS 8.6 Not supported
 
Answer ID: edc05000
Date created: January 27, 2011
Date modified: July 27, 2011
Product: CX5
Operating system: --
Category: Hardware specifications
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