Street photographers have loved the [amazon_textlink asin=’B00ZY9JJEU’ text=’Ricoh GR II’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7f0a38ed-20ac-11e8-84c4-2b6c63325ce8′]; with its 16MP sensor, 28mm lens, and small compact size for years. It really is an ideal camera for those who want a powerful camera in a compact form factor. But as always happens in this digital age, today’s tech has in many ways left the GR II behind, leaving it at a significant loss when compared to newer options. The resolution, LCD technology, battery life, optical lens design, overall image quality – the bar has been raised in almost all of these areas and the GR II has gotten long in the tooth.
According to a new report over on Mirrorless Rumors, and thanks to a screenshot shared by a ‘well informed’ forum user – it appears that Ricoh could be planning to launch the GR III in September, which would place the announcement during or around Photokina 2018 (a time already sure to be ripe with big-time announcements). I mean, we are already expecting one if not two big time, full frame mirrorless announcements around then. It will be interesting to see what else comes around that time.
Unfortunately, this is where the report stops though. The shared screenshot is simply that, a screenshot, seemingly from some sort of product flow chart, which appears to indicate that the GR III is coming in September. In reality, this could be from anywhere: there are no official Ricoh markings or anything there. So, for the time being, probably shelve this one in the ‘needs a lot of salt’ category for now.
That said, this fall is shaping up to be a really, really interesting one – so it will be fun to see if this (along with the many other reports we are hearing about) shakes out ahead of Photokina.