Looks like the rumors were right on, Ricoh announced the GRD4 today, September 15th. Much like the last even-numbered iteration, the GRD2, this seems to be an evolutionary step, rather than revolutionary. It already appears to be taking a bit of a beating on the forums.
So let's look back at my GRD4 wish list from March and see how I did. Not too well I'm afraid.
Mostly wishful thinking, but I bet we'll get the EVF and maybe image stabilization.
- 12 megapixels at 3:2
- faster AF
- usable ISO to 3200
- two distinct models - 28mm f/1.7 and 40mm f/1.7
- black and white sensor
- ability to use the GXR EVF, or even better...
- a hot shoe mounted hybrid OVF
Hmmm. 12 megapixels at 3:2? Looks like we're still stuck at 9 since it's the same sensor. Faster AF? Should be, with the added hybrid AF. That's one of the headline features. Usable ISO to 3200? We'll see. Two distinct models - 28mm f/1.7 and 40mm f/1.7, black and white sensor, a hot shoe mounted hybrid OVF? I was dreaming on these. Ability to use the GXR EVF? I really thought they'd add this. And maybe image stabilization? Well there you go, 2 out of 8. Maybe 3 depending on how the high ISO looks when it actually starts shipping. I'm a better dreamer than futurist.
Ricoh has all the specs on their site. They've also issued a press release.
As for me, if Ricoh had included at least one of my dream features, like the black and white sensor or 40mm lens, I would be very tempted. As it is, I'll probably keep shooting with my GRD2 until it quits and then upgrade to a used GRD3. Unless a really good deal falls in my lap.