I'd previously owned the Ricoh CX1 which I purchased after much deliberation and research. Sadly I lost it whilst in New York and so when I came back to London I decided there was only one suitable replacement, the updated model the Ricoh CX5.
Ricoh haven't made major changes in the specification of the CX range since the inital CX1 but each time something new is added or tweaked a little to give a slowly evolved camera that is pretty much everything you need while travelling.
For a start, there's a great Wide - Long range lens equivalent to a 28-300mm lens on a 35mm camera. This ranges from a F3.5 at the wide end to F5.6 at the Telephoto end. Macro is from as close as 1cm at wide and 28cm for telephoto. On top of the optical zoom there is a digital zoom which incorporates clever technology in the resolution of the picture to give an effective 600mm or upto 2,880mm when using the optical, super-resolution zoom and digital zoom.
Continuous shooting is available from 5 fps up to an astonishing 12o frames a second at a reduced resolution.
You can also do clever stuff like change the aspect ratio of your images - 4:3, 1:1 or 16:9, depending on where you plan to view / use them.
There are loads of other features to keep even the most confident and experienced photographer happy, from Colour, white balance and focus bracketing to special effects like miniature, black and white grain, etc
Several modes are also provided to cover things like portraits, landscapes, nightscapes, night portraits and sports.
All in all, a great verstatile compact camera that is constantly in my pocket wherever I go, never to miss that important shot again!