Ricoh GR Digital IV Officially Announced

Ricoh GR Digital IV

Ricoh has unveiled its GR Digital IV, which features a 10MP and a 28mm f/1.9 fixed lens.   The Ricoh GR Digital IV adds sensor-shift image stabilization over its predecessor, the GR Digital III.

Additional features include a 3-inch 1.23 million dot resolution LCD, an improved image processor and quicker autofocus.  A special edition, white model will be available in a total of 10,000 units.

No word yet on price or release dates.  Check availability on

More details and images below. [Read more…]


Ricoh GXR Mount A12

Ricoh GXR Mount A12

Ricoh GXR Mount A12

Ricoh has unveiled a new Leica-mount unit for its GXR system.  The unit is equipped with an APS-C format CMOS sensor and the Leica M-mount.

In addition to capturing 12MP still images, the new GXR Mount A12 unit records 720p HD video.

The Ricoh GXR Mount A12 should be available in September at an initial retail price of $649.  Check availability on

Full details on the in the press release below. [Read more…]

Ricoh Buys Pentax

Hoya has announced that it will be selling Pentax’s camera business to Ricoh.  The deal should take effect on October 1, 2011 and is reported to be a $124 million selling price.

Interestingly, Ricoh has a history with the Pentax K-mount.  My first SLR was a Ricoh KR-Super II (shown above), which is a K-mount camera that was basically a Pentax K1000 knockoff.  Who knew that a couple of decades later Ricoh would acquire the K-mount system for its own? [Read more…]