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Ricoh CX4

Ricoh CX4

I have the Ricoh CX2 camera (review of Ricoh CX1 here) and I love it. It’s a compact point and shoot camera, yet the image quality is almost on par with a Digital SLR camera. Today, Ricoh has released details on Ricoh CX4, available in September 2010! More photo shoots with the camera are available at Flickr.

Check out what’s new in Ricoh CX4 and the other features. Wish I can trade my Ricoh CX2.

Ricoh’s new creative compact unleashes the artist within

Tokyo, Japan, 19 August 2010:   Ricoh today launched the latest model in its acclaimed CX series of digital compact cameras. Available from September, the CX4 introduces new creative shooting modes, a new subject tracking auto-focus system, improved image stabilisation technology and host of other sophisticated features – all encapsulated in a redesigned chassis with sleek head-turning curves.

Offering more power and control than your average compact camera, Ricoh’s new CX4 has been designed for photographers who want to take their craft to new heights of creative expression. New soft focus, cross process and toy camera shooting modes join the popular miniaturise, high contrast black-and-white and dynamic range modes first introduced by the CX2. Photographers need simply choose the desired mode then press the shutter release button for unique results that capture the essence of their imaginations.

In addition, Ricoh has included a “night landscape multi-shot mode” to allow CX4 users to experience the joys of handheld, tripod-free photography after dark. Using this feature, the camera reduces the image noise normally associated with pictures taken under low light by automatically and precisely combining four exposures shot at high sensitivities into a single optimally exposed photograph.

Crisp, clear photos are further assured with the evolution of Ricoh’s image stabilisation technology. Whether shooting under dim indoor lighting or while making the most of the 10.7x wide angle zoom lens (28-300 mm equivalent), the improved image stabiliser reduces blur by an average of about 3.7 shutter-speed stops.

The CX4 also offers a new subject-tracking auto-focus system that automatically tracks the subject, ensuring that photographs are in focus and correctly exposed whenever the shutter is released. Ideal for shots of active children and pets, this feature is also perfect for close up photos of flowers and other subjects that demand careful composition.

Boasting a 10 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS image sensor to more efficiently capture light coming through the lens, the CX4 also sees the return of multi-pattern auto white balance to faithfully recreate the detail seen by the naked eye in scenes which include mixed lighting. When combined with the Smooth Imaging Engine IV, the result is dramatic – beautiful images that have maintained their original resolution, tone characteristics and colour saturation.

Other key features include:

  • high burst rates of 5 frames per second (maximum pixels) during continuous shooting to ensure no scene ever gets away;
  • “scene auto mode” offering the ultimate in point and shoot photography; just point the camera at the subject and the camera optimises settings for best results;
  • HD movie recording with a frame size of 1280 x 720 pixels;
  • a macro mode that can be used to take photos as close as 1cm or at distances as close as 28cm when the camera is zoomed all the way in;
  • a 920,000-dot, 3.0-inch high resolution LCD monitor featuring an anti-reflection coating to ensure clear visibility even in bright sunlight.

Available from leading camera and electronics retailers from September, the Ricoh CX4 is available in black, champagne silver and bubblegum pink. For customer enquiries contact Ricoh’s Australian distributor, Tasco on 02 9938 3244 or visit the new website www.ricohcameras.com.au

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