Ricoh has just launched the CX1, a new camera with a CMOS sensor and a speedy burst mode.
The CX1 has a 9Mp sensor, but instead of the usual CCD type that most cameras have, this one is of the CMOS variety.
Ricoh claims that this camera’s sensor can help to improve image quality when there are very bright and very dark areas in the scene being photographed. A wide dynamic range, as this is sometimes called, can be a tough image-quality test for some cameras.
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Ricoh says that this camera can take 120 shots per second in its ultra-high-speed continuous shooting mode – again assisted by the CMOS sensor. These photos are not taken at the full 9Mp however, but 0.3Mp instead. This is too low for a high-quality print, but should be fine for viewing on a screen.
The CX1 has a 28-200mm lens, and weighs 180 grams without the battery. It will cost about £299 when it hits the shops in mid March.
Christopher Christoforou, Which? digital cameras expert, said: ‘This is an interesting camera, and a fresh alternative to the more mainstream Canon, Sony, Panasonic and Nikon offerings. The love-them-or-hate-them looks are bound to divide opinion, however!’
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