A simple compact snapper that's ideal for holidays
The PX is similar to Ricoh's older Caplio cameras but it's cheaper, less bulky and is waterproof and shockproof.
It uses SD memory cards, which slot into a small latched compartment (the latch stops water getting in). The compartment also holds the battery and conceals an HDMI socket for connecting it to a flat-panel TV and a socket for connecting to a computer.
The latter is not a standard mini or micro-USB socket so if you lose the supplied cable it might be expensive to replace, or you'll have to plug the memory cards directly into the computer.
There are few controls on the metal-built body (the back is plastic, apart from the 2.7in screen). The power, shutter and zoom buttons on top were easy to use, and the 5x zoom lens doesn't protrude from the camera's front when it's used.
Picture quality was fair: it's a 16-megapixel model, but we have seen slightly better pictures from cameras with a technically lower resolution.
Still, given the price and the size (it's only 2cm thick, though it's a little wide at 10cm), the Ricoh PX is a decent camera with which to go splashing around.
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Quality isn't the best, but a holiday-proof camera at this price is a good deal
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