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Ricoh CX1
Ilse Jurriën : February 19th 2009 - 14:10 CET
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RicohRicoh CX1 compact digital camera : Ricoh announced the development and release of the Ricoh CX1, a new digital camera with a 7.1x optical wide-angle zoom lens (28-200 mm in 35 mm film equivalent focal length). The Ricoh CX1’s expanded dynamic range of 12 EV equivalent makes it possible to capture high-contrast scenes in a way not possible with earlier camera models. With new image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine IV and a new high-speed image processing CMOS sensor installed, the Ricoh CX1 camera achieves greater image quality while at the same time expanding dynamic range with its dynamic range double shot mode.
Ricoh CX1

Ricoh CX1 digital camera
In addition, functions such as multi-pattern auto white balance (sets white balance based on the light sources of segregated areas of the image) and multi-target AF (shoots consecutive images at seven focal distances automatically defined by the digital camera) enable the new Ricoh CX1 to create beautiful images giving an almost naked-eye impression. The Ricoh CX1 compact digital camera has a large 3.0-inch 920,000-dot VGA monitor and high-speed continuous shooting functions at approximately 4 frames/second that make it even easier to enjoy photography. This is a digital camera that takes the design concept "A tool you will want to use every day" to a new level of perfection.

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Ricoh digital camera image sensor
The Ricoh Caplio CX1 digital camera has the new image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine IV and a new high-speed image processing CMOS sensor. In high-sensitivity shooting conditions, these enhancements result in greater resolution than previous models and also reduce noise without compromising color reproduction. The addition of a customized circuit to the image processing engine has made it possible to include a pixel output interpolation algorithm that expands the CX1's dynamic range by up to 1 EV compared to conventional methods. This reduces whiteout in high-contrast situations and recreates the beauty seen by the eye.

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Ricoh CX1 features
The transformation of the image processing engine and the image sensor has enabled the Ricoh CX-1 digital camera to do high-speed continuous shooting. This, in turn, has made it possible to create dynamic range double shot mode, which takes high-speed consecutive shots of two still images with different exposures and then records an image that combines the properly exposed portions of each. Expanding the dynamic range up to a maximum equivalent to 12 EV, this mode makes it possible to record images that give an almost naked-eye impression. It is possible to also record a normal image in addition to the expanded-dynamic-range image so you can check the results immediately after shooting.

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CX1 Ricoh camera scenes
For scenes with both shadow and sunlight and scenes mixing flash and natural light (or fluorescent light, etc.) during flash photography, this function can define white balance to fit the light source of each segregated area of the image. This enhances image quality in people-photography situations that were difficult to shoot with the old auto white balance function.

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Ricoh CX1 LCD monitor
The large, high-resolution LCD monitor has a wide viewing angle and high contrast. The screen has a fluorine coat to prevent soiling, a hard coat to prevent scratches, and an anti-reflection coat to give greater visibility even outdoors in bright sunshine. The optimum fonts are used for high visibility on the VGA monitor, and greater camera operability is achieved with an enhanced setting-screen design easily readable at a glance. There is also an 81-image playback screen display function useful when checking images during playback. Image framing during shooting is now easier as a result of the addition of a shooting information display frame which does not superimpose shooting information over the image itself.

Ricoh CX1 review

Ricoh CX1 camera lens
The new Ricoh CX-1 camera automatically decides seven focus points and does high-speed consecutive shooting of seven images while shifting the focus to each point. After shooting, you can select the image with the preferred focus. This function is effective for scenes (such as flowers) where there is a narrow range for a sharp focus. Ricoh's original double retracting lens system has made it possible to fit a 7.1x optical wide-angle zoom lens in a body that is both easy to carry and easy to operate. This camera lens can handle a wide range of shooting situations, including powerful telephoto shots as well as wide-angle shooting of both expansive landscapes and interior scenes with limited distance between camera and subject. With the Ricoh CX1 macro photography functions you can get as close to the subject as 1 cm for wide-angle and 25 cm for telephoto.

Ricoh CX1 review
As soon as we receive a Ricoh CX1 test sample, we will publish a picture gallery with high resolution photos, followed by an extended Ricoh CX1 review.
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