Last Friday I received CX3 for a future comparison with P10. P10 is currently a very hot and very limited item so it may take few more days-weeks before I get one for test. But this gave me some time to play with CX3
From what I saw so far, CX3 is very nice improvement over the CX2. It seems the Ricoh engineers optimized/reduced the amount of noise reduction and the images are now noticeably more detailed (with NR OFF). Of course, there is now also a bit more noise, but I did not find it obtrusive? I see no problem using ISO200 at a regular basis. Starting from ISO400, the images are noticeably smeared. I would recommend to use RAW, if there would be such option. This I see a major advantage of P10.
So far, I like the CX3 a lot. The only thing I found somewhat disappointing (aside the missing RAW output
) is new format of the battery. DB-100 appears to be a tiny bit smaller than DB-70 but It's equally powerful. I did a side-by-side Interval test with CX2 and both cameras shut down almost exactly at the same time (CX3 shut down 2-4 minutes after CX2). The problem is not the battery power but the speed of charging. The CX3 manual says that the battery should be charged in 180 minutes. I measured 200 minutes. It's 3h 20min
!!! For a comparison, CX2 battery charges in 1h 40min
! I examined the CX3 charger and I guess the problem lies in 3 times lover output amperage. It's always recommended to have at least one spare battery. But with CX3 charging time I see the spare battery a must have.
Enough talks, let's see some photos (only resized):