Monday, July 9, 2007

Fauxtokina 2007: Ricoh speculation and predictions




  • The GR-D was announced in Sept 2005. Some of the reviews pointed at some red flag issues given the price, the promise, the hype and the configuration. Will we see a Mark II? Given the progress we have seen with the GX100, I would expect so!
  • The GX-100 is creating a stir among the prosumeraholics in the dpreview forum. Announced at PMA, but given the success Ricoh may be tempted to follow it up with a 12mp version.
  • The Rx-series gets refreshed every 6 months or so, so a new model is expected by late Fall. R6 (March 2007), R5 (Aug 2006), R4 (Feb 2006). You can see the pattern!
  • The same pattern follows the RR-series, with the RR730 (Nov 2006), RR630 (Feb 2006), RR530 (Sept 2005). So a follow-up would not be a stretch!
  • Other Ricoh cameras currently available: 500SE (March 2007), 500G and R40 (May 2006), R30 (Jan 2007, GX-8 (April 2005), RX (March 2004). More on those later on...

    What to expect from Ricoh in the rest of 2007? (pure speculation!)
  • Predicted names of speculated models: GR-D Mark II, GX-120, R7, RR830

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