CX2: Ricoh unveils digital camera with 10.7 optical zoom

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Ricoh in Japan today unveiled the CX2 [find the press release in English below], an update to the CX1 that went on sale in March this year. And they upgraded quite a lot of the main specs. You still get a 9.29MP CMOS sensor, but the burst rate at maximum resolution is at 5fps now (up from 4) and Ricoh also improved the optical zoom from 7.1 to 10.7.

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Other specs include a 3-inch LCD, an ISO range from 80 to 1,600, “high contrast B&W mode” and “miniaturize mode”, Pre-AF and Continuous AF (new to the CX2), 88MB of internal memory and SDHC/SD support.

Ricoh will start selling the CX2 in the UK in early September for £299.99 ($500). It will hit Japanese stores on September 11. Here is the complete press release:

Ricoh CX2 Digital Compact Camera · Ricoh announces the CX2 – 10.7x Optical zoom (28-300 mm) compact digital camera with 5 frame/sec high-speed continuous shooting

Ricoh have today announced the release of the CX2, a new digital camera featuring a high magnification 10.7x (28-300 mm) optical wide-angle zoom lens in a compact body only 29.4mm thick. The CX2 is capable of 5 frame/second high-speed continuous shooting of still images with the maximum number of pixels. The new CX2 inherits many popular features from its predecessor, the CX1 (introduced March 13, 2009), such as the high image quality and expanded dynamic range made possible by image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine IV and a high-speed image processing CMOS sensor.

At the same time, it enhances functions that expand photo possibilities in a number of areas, including a 10.7x optical zoom lens that expands shooting capabilities from wide-angle through telephoto range, high-speed continuous shooting (approx. 5 frames/sec. at maximum number of pixels) functions so you won’t miss the target scene, and the easy-to-use AF functions Pre-AF and Continuous AF.

New scene modes such as high-contrast B&W mode and miniaturize mode have been added to stimulate shooting creativity, and various CX1 model functions have received enhancements, such as the addition of face recognition to easy shooting mode and the addition of an auto option for automatically defining the range expansion effect in dynamic range double shot mode.

With its expanded range of functions for the relaxed enjoyment of photography, the CX2 represents the further evolution of the compact digital camera as a tool you will want to use every day. The CX2 will be available at SRP £299.99 inc VAT.

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