Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/02/19/ricoh_reveals_cx1/

Ricoh reveals speed snapper

CX1 unveiled

By Tony Smith

Posted in Hardware, 19th February 2009 15:11 GMT

Ricoh will next month roll out its latest high-end compact camera, the CX1.

Ricoh CX1

Ricoh's CX1: more to it than megapixels?

For once, the megapixel count - it's 9.39 effective, by the way, on a 1/2.3in sensor - wasn't highlighted at at the announcement. Instead, Ricoh touted the CX1's "highly evolved" image processing system, the Smooth Imaging Engine IV.

One result: the CX1 has a dynamic range that's equivalent to 12 EV. It's also capable of combining two shots of the same subject with different exposures, ensuring - Ricoh claimed - that the whole of the image is correctly exposed.

It'll shoot at 120f/s, and sports an autofocus capable of taking seven shots of the subject in rapid sequence, each at a different focal length - you just then pick the pic you like best.

Ricoh CX1

3in LCD on the back, but no optical viewfinder

All this comes alongside a 7.1x optical zoom, 28mm wide-angle lens and 1cm macro mode.

There's a 3in LCD on the back and 88MB of memory for picture storage - SHDC cards of up to 32GB capacity can be added too.

The Ricoh CX1 goes on sale on 13 March for £300. ®