CX2 FAQs - By Product

[Question] What is the difference between CX2, and CX1 or R10?

See the following comparison chart.

[Image sensor / Lens]

Items CX2 CX1 R10
Effective pixels (Total pixels) (approx.) 9.29 million pixels (10.29 million pixels) 10 million pixels (10.30 million pixels)
Image sensor 1/2.3" CMOS 1/2.3" CCD
Focal length f = 4.9 - 52.5 mm
f = 4.95 - 35.4 mm
28 - 300 mm (35 mm film cameras equivalent) 28 - 200 mm (35 mm filmcameras equivalent)
F-Aperture F: 3.5 (wide) - 5.6 (telephoto) F: 3.3 (wide) - 5.2 (telephoto)
Shooting distance
(From the front of the lens)
Approx. 0.3 meter - infinity (wide)
Approx. 1.5 meter - infinity (telephoto)
Approx. 0.3 meter - infinity (wide)
Approx. 1.0 meter - infinity (telephoto)
Macro range
(From the front of the lens)
Wide : approx. 0.01 meter - infinity Wide : approx. 0.01 meter - infinity
Telephoto : approx. 0.28 meter - infinity Telephoto : approx. 0.25 meter - infinity
Zoom macro : approx. 0.01 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 7.1 x 7.1 x
Digital zoom 4.8 x 4.8 x 4.8 x
Auto Resize zoom *1 5.4 x 5.4 x 5.7 x
Combination with optical zoom : up to 57.8x (1620 mm / 35 mm filmcameras equivalent) Combination with optical zoom : up to 38.6x (1080 mm / 35 mm filmcameras equivalent) Combination with optical zoom : up to 40.7x (1140 mm / 35 mm filmcameras equivalent)
  • *1) Auto resize zoom works with the maximum image size only.
    See the following FAQs for the details

[Photograph features of camera]

Items CX2 CX1 R10
Image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine IV *2 Smooth Imaging Engine III
Reducing noise at high ISO sensitivity
Dynamic range double shot Available Available N/A
AF method Contrast AF method *3 CCD-AF method *3
Multi Target AF *4 Available (in Focus menu) N/A
Pre-AF *5 Available N/A N/A
Continuous AF *6 Available N/A N/A
SCENE modes -Portrait
-Night. Port.
-High Scens
-Zoom Macro
-Skew Correct Mode
-Text Mode
-Discreet Mode *7
-High Contrast B&W *8
-Miniaturize *9
-Night. Port.
-High Scens
-Zoom Macro
-Skew Correct Mode
-Text Mode
Face recognition mode Portrait mode (SCENE mode) Face mode (SCENE mode)
Antiblur function (Image stabilizer) Image Sensor shift image stabilizer CCD shift image stabilizer
Easy shooting mode *10 Available Available Available
Backlight compensation feature N/A *11 Available (in Easy mode *10)
Multi-pattern auto white balance *12 Available (in white balance mode) N/A
Level setting Available Available Available
Target shift Available (AE, AF, AE/AF)
Image quality, color settings [Image settings] Vivid, Standard, Custom setting, B&W, Sepia [Image settings] Hard, Normal, Soft, Custom setting, B&W, Sepia [Image settings] Auto level, Hard, Normal, Soft, Custom setting, B&W, Sepia
Bracketing Focus bracket, Auto bracket, White balance bracket, Color bracket Auto bracket, White balance bracket, Color bracket
Dual size recording (a still image with a sub file) N/A N/A Available
Movies Available Available Available
Movie size *13 640 x 480 (30/15 fps),
320 x 240 (30/15 fps)
Continuous mode / Multi shooting Normal continuous *14, Speed Cont., M-Cont plus Continuous *14, S-Cont., M-Cont.
Multi shooting speed *14
(with a high speed SD card)
Max. 5 frames / sec. Max. 4 frames / sec. Max. 1.4 frames / sec.
ISO sensitivity / ISO AUTO-HI *15 Available Available Available
ISO sensitivity / selectable value ISO AUTO / ISO AUTO-HI / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
Zoom setting Step zoom ON/OFF
Step zoom 8 steps : 28 / 35 / 50 / 85 / 105 / 135 / 200 / 300 7 steps : 28 / 35 / 50 / 85 / 105 / 135 / 200
Flash compensation Available Available Available
Skew correction Skew correction mode (SCENE mode) & Skew correction on a captured image
Grid Guide Display (framing grid at shooting) 3 options 1 option 1 option
  • *2)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)
  • *3)No external AF.
  • *4)Camera automatically determines multiple focus positions and takes 7 consecutive pictures at one shutter release. The 7 pictures are recorded as a single MP file.

[What is an MP file?]

  • *5)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. For the details on the [Pre-AF], see the following FAQ.

[Let me know about the Pre-AF feature.]

  • *6)The camera measures the distance from the center AF area. After pressing the shutter release half way, the camera will do focusing corresponding with the changes on the subject. For the details on the [Continuous AF], see the following FAQs.

[Let me know about the Continuous AF in the Focusing modes.]

  • *7)Regardless of the sound setting, the camera will take a picture with disabled Flash and operating sound. For the details on the [Discreet Mode], see the following FAQs.

[What is the Discreet Mode in the SCENE mode ?]

  • *8)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. For the details on the [High Contrast B&W Mode], see the following FAQs.

[What is the High Contrast B&W Mode in the SCENE mode ?]

  • *9)This mode captures an image that appear to be a picture of dioramas. For the details on [Miniaturize], see the following FAQs.

[What is the Miniaturize in the SCENE mode ?]

  • *10)Easy shooting mode allows you simple operations, without several settings. See the FAQ below for the details.

[What is the Easy shooting mode?]

  • *11)If camera detects a face(s) in the Easy shooting mode, it will focus on the face(s) automatically, and adjust exposure and white balance and backlight compensation as necessary.
  • *12) Camera automatically selects the optimal white balance according to the conditions of sun and shade or the flash illumination range.
  • *13)You have options of 30 fps or 15 fps in each size.
  • *14)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.

  • *15)You can change the upper limit of the ISO sensitivity value for [Auto-Hi], from ISO 400, 800 or 1600. By setting the ISO upper limit it will make the shutter speed high, which will reduce camera shake or the blurring of the subject.

[Playback features of camera]

Items CX2 CX1 R10
Flag function setting *16 Available Available Available
Up to 20 files Up to 3 files
Trimming images Available Available Available
Selectable the aspect ratio from [4:3] or [1:1] [4:3] aspect ratio only
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)
Image rotation Available / automatic rotation in Playback
Thumbnail view 20 frames or 81 frames view 20 frames view
Display of enlarged image Available in the selected image, and switching to the next image while staying enlarged Available in the selected image
  • *16)You can set useful images to Flag function. This will allow the Fn button to display an assigned image quickly.

[Let me know about the Flag function setting.]

[Other features of camera]

Items CX2 CX1 R10
Picture display (LCD) 3.0 inch / approx. 920,000 dots 3.0 inch / approx. 460,000 dots
LCD surface treatment Hard coat, fluorinated, Anti reflection coat *17 Hard coat only
LCD auto dim Available Available Available
Shooting information display frame *18 Available Available N/A
Minimum shooting distance display *19 Available Available N/A
My Setting registrations Available Available Available
Fn button *20 Available Available Available
PC interface USB 2.0 (High-Speed USB)
USB communication system Mass storage
PictBridge printing Available Available Available
Picture transfer software (for Windows) DL-10 (DC software)
Viewer software (for Windows) Irodio Photo & VideoStudio from Pixela
Built-in memory Approx. 88 MB Approx. 54 MB
SD memory card Up to 2 GB
SDHC memory card Up to 32 GB Up to 16 GB
Battery DB-70 (included)
AC adapter AC-4g (option)
Shooting capacity *21
with LCD Auto Dim ON (with OFF)
Approx. 290 pictures (Approx. 270 pictures) Approx. 270 pictures (Approx. 250 pictures) Approx. 300 pictures (Approx. 270 pictures)
Weight of a camera (without batteries, an SD card, or a strap) Approx. 185 g Approx. 180 g Approx. 168 g
  • *17)Fluorinated is for soil-release finishing.
  • *18)The shooting information is not displayed over the subject, you can more easily compose your shot.

[What is the Shooting Info. Display Frame?]

  • *19)It shows the minimum shooting distance in zooming.
  • *20)You can switch several features with the Fn button.

[What is the Fn (Function) button?]

  • *21)With a rechargeable battery (DB-70). Number of pictures measured using CIPA standard parameters. Actual performance may vary according to usage conditions.

[What is LCD auto dim mode?]

[PC connections]

When you connect a 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, the installation CD that comes with a camera contains the software 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 compatibility chart for each operating system.

Items CX2 CX1 R10
Windows Vista/XP/2000 Supported
Windows Me Not supported Supported
Windows 98 Not supported

Items CX2 CX1 R10
Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.1.2 Supported
Mac OS 9.2.2 - 9.0 Supported
Mac OS 8.6 Not supported

Answer ID: EDC09200
Date created: August 20, 2009
Date modified: August 17, 2010
Product: CX2, CX1, RICOH R10
Operating system: --
Category: Hardware specifications
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