Luke's spot-on. This sounds at most like an unguarded, speculative conversation over a coffee in a dealership with a loose-lipped rep... I'm a big fan of FBDM (Fact Based Decision Making) and regard this sort of column-filling puff as fit only for the bottom of the budgie's cage. Shame, AP used to be a reliable magazine...This "news" piece reeks of unreliable source...... First they say that there are new high end cameras coming and then..... "the source added that Ricoh is set to eventually disappear as a camera brand."
Perhaps Ricoh is helping to develop new high end Pentax cameras and they will fold the Ricoh nameplate.....need more info. But more high end cameras is ALWAYS cool with me. Trickle down of technology benefits all.
Sorry that my Japanese is not quite up to scratch, I seem to remember a few hints of a "smaller" replaceable lensed camera from Ricoh some time ago. Could this be a GRD "body" with Q-mount? Add a couple of "GR" lenses and compatibility to the existing Q mount lenses on offer and we have an interesting product.Something GRD related might be coming at the end of the month during the 7th GR Blog meetup: ãƒªã‚³ãƒ¼å…¬å¼ãƒ–ãƒ*ã‚° GR BLOG | Ricoh Japan
Nothing GXR related is planned or hinted at right now though. Given the success of the M mount I expect to see something new by next year though.
It's not so much that as it is simply getting a pulse out of Ricoh. We know Pentax has been busy, but we know nothing about Ricoh. Let's hope they show signs of life on the 27th.Well, luckily for GXR owners, it's already a great camera and even if it never gets updated or re-invented or new modules, it will continue to take great photos as long as they exist.
The current GXR will never be obsolete.
I think the Pentax buyout has been more work and probably way more disruptive for Ricoh than they thought and they have simply released what was already finished from Pentax before starting to merge the two companies. None of the Pentax cameras has anything from Ricoh in there as far as I can judge.It's not so much that as it is simply getting a pulse out of Ricoh. We know Pentax has been busy, but we know nothing about Ricoh. Let's hope they show signs of life on the 27th.
Do we have that assurance? Specifically the Ricoh GXR and other like-minded cameras which show Ricoh's touch?The best we have from Ricoh is that they intend to keep making new cameras to the market.