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Ricoh debuts CX5 compact camera with 'unique' hybrid AF system

Ricoh recently introduced the CX5 compact superzoom camera, which boasts the company's new and unique hybrid autofocus system.

Ricoh recently introduced the CX5 compact superzoom camera, which boasts the company's new and unique hybrid autofocus system.

That hybrid AF system is comprised of a passive area sensor that measures the distance between the camera and subject, along with contrast search program that focuses on the peak location. Thus, the AF time can be as low as 0.2 seconds for both 28mm wide-angle and 300mm telephoto shots.

The aforementioned superzoom isn't too shabby either. Along with sporting 10.7x optical zoom, photographers can achieve telephoto shooting up to 600mm and ultra-telephoto shooting up to 2880mm.

Other notable specs on the 10.6-megapixel CX5 include 720p HD video recording, a 3-inch LCD panel (960k-dot resolution), HDMI connectivity, SD/Eye-Fi card support, 14 scene modes (including Cooking and Golf Swing Continuous), and additional preset creative shooting functions such as Toy Camera.

The CX5 is available for pre-order now in black, pink and silver with a retail price of $399.

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