Feeds
70%
Ricoh CX2

Ricoh CX2

Clever capture modes

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

There are also a few extra scene modes including Miniaturise, this blurs the edges, which makes objects appear much smaller than they are, and Discreet mode, designed for when shooting in museums and other places where you don’t want your camera to be a distraction.

Ricoh CX2

10x zoom lens has a range equivalent to 28-300mm on a 35mm camera

In this mode, the camera’s flash, AF light and sounds are disabled. Still, there are a few things missing that you might rightly expect to find on a high-end compact costing £300. There is no RAW shooting option, no HD video (just VGA and QVGA), no viewfinder (which we think is essential on a super-zoom), no aperture or shutter priority, and no manual aperture or shutter speed.

Switch on to first shot, is a shade under three seconds, which means the CX2 isn’t the fastest camera off the blocks, but it’s not too bad. The large mode dial clicks firmly into position and you have a number of modes to choose from including: Auto, Easy (Auto on steroids, with even fewer user options), DR, Continuous, Scene and Movie. You can also create you own customised settings and store them in the two My Settings modes. The CX2’s screen is large and clear, even in bright light, and the menu is easy to see.

There are two main menus, one for shooting (two pages) and the other for set-up (three pages) that are navigated from a joystick control. We found the joystick rather fiddly, and it was easy to push it too hard and exit the menu before making your adjustments. If you use the menu for adjusting the ISO speed, you are directed to almost the bottom of the second page, which is a pain.

Fortunately, the CX2 offers a fair degree of customisation. A Function button can be assigned one of eleven options, which are selected from a menu list (including AE lock and auto/manual focus select). You can also assign four functions to the Adjust button on the top of the joystick, such as ISO, exposure, white balance and image quality, which is much faster than navigating the menu.

Ricoh CX2

Also available in pink, if you must

If you’re not too confident about getting the best shot, there are plenty of choices that enable you to hedge your bets. For instance, focus, white balance and colour modes can all be bracketed, while multi-target AF results in the camera automatically selecting seven different focus positions in a scene and then taking seven consecutive shots, one for each position. We were pleased to see that Ricoh has retained the electronic spirit level display.

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests
Day 4: 'News'-papers STILL rammed with Clooney nuptials
iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport
Breaches screening rules cos Apple SCREEN ROOLZ, ok?
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs
Thus doth tech of future illuminate present, etc
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
The British Museum plonks digital bricks on world of Minecraft
Institution confirms it's cool with joining the blocky universe
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.