Ricoh GRDV to Feature an APS-C Sensor!

Discussion in 'Ricoh' started by Paul Giguere, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. Paul Giguere

    Paul Giguere

    May 4, 2011
    Wayland, MA USA
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I love big sensors.
  3. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Cool! But also shallower DOF for street photographers, which equals to higher F stops. Maybe a 24/1.8 lens? It would be an exciting product.
  4. Booka

    Booka Regular

    Jul 5, 2011
    Any news from Ricoh is interesting as they've been testing my patience over the past year... What will be more interesting is how they are planning on differentiating this from a GXR 28mm module, is it only going to be more MP, faster lens, slightly smaller or will it be something really new.
  5. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Oooooh O.O
  6. krugorg

    krugorg All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    I love the idea of a fixed-lens GXR... no AA filter and hybrid AF (that actually delivers) please. :biggrin:
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  7. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    So what happens to the GXR?
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  8. snkenai

    snkenai All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Photographers, are like kids in a room foll of toys. Never satisfied. I want what you've got, until I get it, then throw it down and try to get your new one. WAAAAAAH:sad010:

    Yeah, that's me.:smile:
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  9. Phoenix

    Phoenix Super Moderator

    Dec 28, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    Likewise :biggrin:
  10. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Better start saving our pennies then :)
  11. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
  12. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    In the current market the Ricoh line of cameras is dated. Who is going to buy a new GXR today? The GRD may remain popular, but there are many other small sensor compacts to choose from. APS fixed-lens compacts are the new baseline.

    Would love to see a B&W version of an APS GRD.
  13. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
    I love my GRD IV! Eager to see what's in store for its successor; tough act to follow.
  14. retow

    retow All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    Late to the game and into a pretty busy market space. The X1 has been out for some time as have others and the RX1 shows where the market will move to. A GRDV (same size as the IV) with the Sony RX100 sensor, an outstanding and fast prime lens and Nikon 1 fast AF would meet more of a demand/need, at least in my opinion.
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  15. Boid

    Boid All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Please be real! Pls pls pls pls pls. :hail:
  16. Yep, I will be. I was going to go GXR at some point but I like this :)
  17. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer

    I generally try to jump a generation, so I may very well be interested in this... c'mon, Ricoh!

    Sent from another Galaxy
  18. Paul Giguere

    Paul Giguere

    May 4, 2011
    Wayland, MA USA
    I haven't a clue what will happen to the GXR line. If Ricoh is still serious about the system, they may have a refresh announcement this year for the body and maybe sensor updates for the A12 units as well as new units (maybe a Pentax K mount which would make the most sense). I'm just glad Ricoh is moving ahead with the GRD line.

  19. Paul Giguere

    Paul Giguere

    May 4, 2011
    Wayland, MA USA
    Being an RX1 owner, I agree that larger sensors in smaller bodies is where the market is heading. I do think however there is a lot of room for APS-C compacts (X1, Fuji, etc. have shown this to be true). I do however think that the audience for the Sony RX100 is different than that for the Ricoh GRD. The RX100 is a consumer camera meant to appeal to people who want something better than their phone camera but not as big as a DSLR. Ricoh GRD is directed more towards experienced photographers who are looking for a capable compact that can be customized and designed the way they want and operates using the same nomenclature as a DSLR.

    As an aside, the sensor in the RX100 is smaller than an APS-C sized sensor. I would have been happy if Ricoh had opted for the 1" sensor (found in the RX1 and Nikon 1 family) for the GRD but using an APS-C sensor adds additional years to the GRD line in that Ricoh won't have to worry about a sensor change for some time to come (APS-C sensors will be around for a long time). This will allow Ricoh to upgrade (when appropriate) to better APS-C sensors when they become available but not have to change the physical characteristics of the camera itself. While I love my RX1, using a full-frame sensor would also necessitate a larger body and definitely a larger lens and I think this is something that would go against the grain of the GRD philosophy and approach.

  20. wt21

    wt21 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 15, 2010

    My first thought was "great!" but the more I think about it, the GRDs filled quite a niche. How can you do snap focus with such a larger sensor. Zone focusing was easy with the compact sensor. Is it going to be 28mm eq? This FL is a bit crowded with some quality ASP-C offerings. Unless they make it super-bright. I'm trying to think about what would make you want a likely larger GRDV at 28mm over any of the other contenders.