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Fast focussing Ricoh CX5 announced

New compact camera due in February

CX5 black front open

The new Ricoh CX5

Ricoh has launched the CX5, a new compact camera that promises fast focussing even when it is fully zoomed in. 

Our tests show that slow focussing when fully zoomed in can be a real problem on many cameras. The arrival of the CX5’s new AF technology could be a very exciting development.

The CX5 will be available at the end of February 2011 for £260, in black, silver or pink.

Hybrid AF system

Ricoh claims that its new Hybrid AF System can reduce focussing times down to 0.2 seconds at both ends of the camera’s 28-300mm zoom range. If borne out in our tests, this would be an outstanding performance.

Scene photography

The CX5 has 14 separate scene modes for easier photography in specific situations. The cooking mode allows you to easily adjust brightness and colour when taking photos of food. The golf swing continuous mode shows grid lines during shooting and playback, allowing you to check the technique of a golf swing.

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Other notable features on the CX5 include a high-resolution 3-inch LCD screen and a claimed 5-shot per second continuous shooting mode.

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