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CX3 FAQs - By Product

[Question] What is the difference between CX3, and CX2 or CX1 ?

See the following comparison chart.

[Image sensor / Lens]

Items CX3 CX2 CX1
Effective pixels (Total pixels) (approx.) 10.00 million pixels (10.60 million pixels) 9.29 million pixels (10.29 million pixels)
Image sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
Focal length f = 4.9 - 52.5 mm f = 4.95 - 35.4 mm
28 - 300 mm (35 mm film cameras equivalent) 28 - 200 mm (35 mm filmcameras equivalent)
F-Aperture F: 3.5 (wide) - 5.6 (telephoto) F: 3.3 (wide) - 5.2 (telephoto)
Shooting distance
(From the front of the lens)
Approx. 0.3 meter - infinity (wide)
Approx. 1.5 meter - infinity (telephoto)
Approx. 0.3 meter - infinity (wide)
Approx. 1.0 meter - infinity (telephoto)
Macro range
(From the front of the lens)
Wide : approx. 0.01 meter - infinity Wide : approx. 0.01 meter - infinity
Telephoto : approx. 0.28 meter - infinity Telephoto : approx. 0.25 meter - infinity
Zoom macro : approx. 0.01 meter - infinity Zoom macro : approx. 0.01 meter - infinity
Display the minimum distance at Macro Available Available Available
Lens construction 10 elements in 7 groups (4 aspherical lens elements with 5 surfaces)
Optical zoom 10.7 x 10.7 x 7.1 x
Digital zoom 4.8 x 4.8 x 4.8 x
Auto Resize zoom *a1 5.7 x 5.4 x 5.4 x
Combination with optical zoom : up to 61.0x (1710 mm / 35 mm filmcameras equivalent) Combination with optical zoom : up to 57.8x (1620 mm / 35 mm filmcameras equivalent) Combination with optical zoom : up to 38.6x (1080 mm / 35 mm filmcameras equivalent)

  • *a1) Auto resize zoom works with the maximum image size only.
See the following FAQs for the details

[Photograph features of camera]

Items CX3 CX2 CX1
Image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine IV *b1
Dynamic range double shot Available Available Available
AF method Contrast AF method *b2
Multi Target AF *b3 Available (in Focus menu)
Pre-AF *b4 Available Available N/A
Continuous AF *b5 Available Available N/A
SCENE modes -Portrait
-Sports
-Night. Port.
-Landscape
-Nightscape
-High Scens
-Zoom Macro
-Skew Correct Mode
-Text Mode
-Discreet Mode *b6
-High Contrast B&W *b7
-Miniaturize *b8
-Pets *b9
-Portrait
-Sports
-Night. Port.
-Landscape
-Nightscape
-High Scens
-Zoom Macro
-Skew Correct Mode
-Text Mode
-Discreet Mode *b6
-High Contrast B&W *b7
-Miniaturize *b8
-Portrait
-Face
-Sports
-Night. Port.
-Landscape
-Nightscape
-High Scens
-Zoom Macro
-Skew Correct Mode
-Text Mode
SCENE Auto mode (S Auto mode) *b10 Available (Portrait, Sports, Night. Port., Landscape, Nightscape, Macro mode) N/A N/A
Face recognition mode Face-Pri. AF (Focus mode),
Portrait mode (S Auto mode, or SCENE mode)
Portrait mode (SCENE mode) Face mode (SCENE mode)
Antiblur function (Image stabilizer) Image Sensor shift stabilizer
Easy shooting mode N/A Available Available
Multi-pattern auto white balance *b11 Available (in white balance mode)
Level setting Available Available Available
Target shift Available (AE, AF, AE/AF)
Image quality, color settings [Image settings] Vivid, Standard, Custom setting, B&W, Sepia [Image settings] Hard, Normal, Soft, Custom setting, B&W, Sepia
Bracketing Focus bracket, Auto bracket, White balance bracket, Color bracket
Movies Available Available Available
Movie size *b12 HD 1280 x 720 (30 fps),
VGA 640 x 480 (30 fps),
QVGA 320 x 240 (30 fps)
640 x 480 (30/15 fps),
320 x 240 (30/15 fps)
Continuous mode / Multi shooting Normal continuous, Speed Cont., M-Cont plus
Multi shooting speed *b13
(with a high speed SD card)
Max. 5 frames / sec. Max. 5 frames / sec. Max. 4 frames / sec.
Speed Cont. 120 frames / about 1 sec. (120frames/sec), 120 frames / about 2 sec. (60frames/sec)
M-Cont plus 10M(N3648): Max. 15 frames per 1 burst (about the last 3 sec.),
2M(N1728): Max. 26 frames per 1 burst (about the last 0.9 sec.)
9M(N3456): Max. 15 frames per 1 burst(about the last 3 sec.),
2M(N1728): Max. 30 frames per 1 burst(about the last 1 sec.)
N1728(2M)
Low:
Max. 15 frames/sec.,
High: Max. 30 frames/sec.
ISO sensitivity / selectable value ISO AUTO / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 ISO AUTO / ISO AUTO-HI / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
Step zoom 8 steps : 28 / 35 / 50 / 85 / 105 / 135 / 200 / 300 7 steps : 28 / 35 / 50 / 85 / 105 / 135 / 200
Flash control range (from the front of the lens) (W) 0.2 ~ 4.0 m
(T) 0.28 ~ 4.0 m
(W) 0.2 ~ 3.0 m
(T) 0.28 ~ 3.0 m
(W) 0.2 ~ 3.0 m
(T) 0.25 ~ 2.0 m
ISO AUTO / ISO 1600 ISO AUTO / ISO 800 ISO AUTO / ISO 400
Flash exposure compensation Available Available Available
Skew correction Skew correction mode (SCENE mode) & Skew correction on a captured image
Grid Guide Display options (framing grid at shooting) Available (3 options) Available (3 options) Available (1 option)
Noise reduction options *b14 Off / Auto / Weak / Strong / MAX N/A N/A

  • *b1)It will reduce noise at high ISO sensitivity. By Pixel output interpolation algorithm, it will be able to provide dynamic range expansion (1 EV at maximum; in comparison with the previous image processing)
  • *b2)No external AF.
  • *b3)Multi-Targer AF: Camera automatically determines multiple focus positions and takes 7 consecutive pictures at one shutter release. The 7 pictures are recorded as a single MP file.
[What is an MP file?]

  • *b4)Pre-AF: The camera will do preliminaries on focus, corresponding with changes on the subject, even if you will not yet press the shutter release half way.
[About the [Pre-AF] feature.]

  • *b5)Continuous AF: The camera measures the distance from the center AF area. After pressing the shutter release half way, the camera will do focusing corresponding with the changes on the subject.
[CX2 FAQ: Let me know about the Continuous AF in the Focusing modes.]

  • *b6)Discreet Mode: Regardless of the sound setting, the camera will take a picture with disabled Flash and operating sound.
[What is the Discreet Mode in the SCENE mode ?]

  • *b7)High Contrast B&W Mode: This mode takes a picture with higher contrast B&W than those in normal B&W mode. It will produces grainy images similar to those taken with highly sensitive film or high grain film developing.
[What is the High Contrast B&W Mode in the SCENE mode ?]

  • *b8)Miniaturize: This mode captures an image that appear to be a picture of dioramas.
[What is the Miniaturize in the SCENE mode ?]

  • *b9)Pet mode: The flash, AF auxiliary light, and operation sounds are turned off in this mode, to avoid frightening a pet. If a face(s) of pets is detected, the camera will be going to focus on the face(s).
What is the Pets mode in the SCENE mode?]

  • *b10)The camera will automatically select an optimal scene mode from Portrait, Sports, Night. Port., Landscape, Nightscape, and Macro mode.
  • *b11)Camera automatically selects the optimal white balance according to the conditions of sun and shade or the flash illumination range.
[What is the [Multi-P AUTO] (multi-pattern auto withe balance)?]

  • *b12)fps stands for frames per second. It is 30 frames with the CX3. With the CX2/CX1, you have options of 30 fps or 15 fps in each size.
  • *b13)Camera takes multiple pictures continuously while you are pressing a shutter release button. The maximum number of images that can be shot in continuous mode is 999.
[About the normal Continuous shooting operations.
[About the Continuous mode (Normal Continuous, M-Cont Plus, and Speed Cont).]

  • *b14)It will perform noise reduction when taking a still image.

[Playback features of camera]

Items CX3 CX2 CX1
Flag function setting *c1 Available Available Available
Up to 20 files Up to 20 files Up to 3 files
Trimming images *c2 Available Available Available
Selectable the aspect ratio from [4:3] or [1:1] [4:3] aspect ratio only
Resize images Available Available Available
Image brightness and contrast correction Available (Level Compensation: Auto / Manual)
White balance (color tone) correction Available (adjustable in Green, Magenta, Blue, Amber)
Image rotation Available / automatic rotation in Playback
Thumbnail view 20 frames or 81 frames view
Display by captured date Available N/A N/A
Display of enlarged image Available in the selected image, and switching to the next image while staying enlarged
  • *c01)You can set useful images to Flag function. This will allow the Fn button to display an assigned image quickly.
[About the Flag function setting.]

  • *c02)With the CX3/CX2, the aspect ratio of image trimming is selectable from [4:3] or [1:1].
[Can I trim a still image in a camera ? ]

[Other features of camera]

Items CX3 CX2 CX1
Body colors - Black
- Violet
- Two-tone (Light gray x Pink)
- Black
- Silver
- Two-tone (Gray x Pink)
- Black
- Silver
- Champagne Rose
Picture display (LCD) 3.0 inch / approx. 920,000 dots
LCD surface treatment Hard coat, fluorinated, Anti reflection coat *d1
LCD auto dim Available Available Available
Shooting information display frame *d2 Available Available Available
Minimum shooting distance display *d3 Available Available Available
My Setting registrations Available Available Available
Feature assignment to the Fn button *d4 Available Available Available
Feature assignment to the ADJ. button *d5 Available Available Available
Built-in memory Approx. 88 MB
SD memory card Up to 2 GB
SDHC memory card Up to 32 GB
Battery DB-100 (included) DB-70 (included)
AC adapter N/A AC-4g (optional *d7)
Shooting capacity *d6
with LCD Auto Dim ON (with OFF)
Approx. 310 pictures (Approx. 290 pictures) Approx. 290 pictures (Approx. 270 pictures) Approx. 270 pictures (Approx. 250 pictures)
Weight of a camera (without batteries, an SD card, or a strap) Approx. 185 g Approx. 185 g Approx. 180 g
Neck strap ST-2 (optional *d7)
Soft case SC-90 (optional *d7)

  • *d1)Fluorinated is for soil-release finishing.
  • *d2)The shooting information is not displayed over the subject, you can more easily compose your shot.
[What is the Shooting Info. Display Frame?]

  • *d3)It shows the minimum shooting distance in zooming.
  • *d4)You can switch several features with the Fn button.
[What is the Fn (Function) button?]

  • *d5)You can assign 4 features from the shooting menu items into the ADJ. button.
[How do I assign functions to the [ADJ./OK] button ?]

  • *d6)With each rechargeable battery. Number of pictures measured using CIPA standard parameters. Actual performance may vary according to usage conditions.
[What is LCD auto dim mode ?]

  • *d7)Some options may not be available in some regions. Please ask a local contact from the following FAQ.
[Where can I purchase a CX3 camera or accessories ? ]

[PC connections / software]

When you connect the camera to a computer:

  • Only the USB connection is available. Serial connection is not supported.
  • It is required a computer that is pre-installed with a supported OS version in the following chart, and that has a USB port as standard.
  • For downloading pictures to a computer, the installation CD that comes with a camera contains the software for Windows only. For Macintosh, no software from Ricoh is required to download pictures. See the FAQ here for the details.
  • The following is the mass storage compatibility chart for each operating system.

[PC connections]
Items CX3 CX2 CX1
PC interface USB 2.0 (High-Speed USB)
USB communication system Mass storage
PictBridge printing Available
Compatibility on mass storage connections Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Windows 2000
Supported
Windows Me Not supported Supported
Windows 98 Not supported
Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.1.2 Supported
Mac OS 9.2.2 - 9.0 Supported
Mac OS 8.6 Not supported

[DL-10 / picture download software]*For Windows only
DL-10 for Windows CX3 CX2 CX1
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Windows 2000
Supported
Windows Me Not supported Supported
Windows 98 Not supported

[Irodio Photo & Video Studio / picture viewing & edit software]
  • *For Windows only
Irodio Photo & Video Studio 1.1.16 for Windows CX3 CX2 CX1
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Windows 2000
Supported
Windows Me Not supported Supported
Windows 98 Not supported

[VM-1 / MP file viewer software] *For Macintosh only
VM-1 for Macintosh CX3 CX2 CX1
Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.4 Supported
Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.1.2 Not supported
Mac OS 9.2.2 - 9.0 Not supported
Mac OS 8.6 Not supported
 
Answer ID: EDC03000
Date created: February 3, 2010
Date modified: July 27, 2011
Product: CX3, CX2, CX1
Operating system: --
Category: Hardware specifications

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