Rod McD: Hi DPR, thanks for your review.
People buy these things because there's no alternative other than a bigger camera and a housing. I'd like to see a manufacturer opt for a new approach. Year after year your reviews (and others) comment on their small sensors and poor IQ. The internet is also littered with leak complaints and poor company response on guarantees.
There seems to be a view that wilderness/outdoor/water sport followers don't value better IQ, which is absolutely untrue. And that serious photographers should have a D4 in a housing. Try stuffing one of those in your life jacket. The middle ground - the old Nikonos - is gone.
We need a manufacturer to make a robust, WR, direct light path camera with an APSC sensor, a fixed 24-85eq zoom (or primes) and real "O" rings. One 25mm "O" ring cover could give access to an SD card, a shaped battery and USB plug. Add a decent grip. And useable with gloves please.
Yes it would be bigger and cost more. But worth every cent.
Agree with Rod. I can't be completely sure, but I believe there is a good market out there for a WR aps-c sensor serious compact. Not only would it be the backpacker's ultimate camera for convenience, I think that perhaps it would also interest streetshooters who like to get photos in the rain, or other less than perfect conditions.If Ricoh-Pentax would use their expertise in designing cameras like this, I see no reason why a serious WR compact would not be a hit. A WR Ricoh GR would perhaps not have to be much bigger than it already is - and even if it would be, it still would be very attractive to a lot of backpackers.
breth: These are great, and I'd get the WR version if I was looking for a DSLR.But Pentax/Ricoh, is it possible you could put out a WR pocketable APS-C sensor mirorless? A "rugged" GR? For many of us hikers/travelers/dirty-hand users, this would be fantastic.
forgot to add streetshooters in the rain....
These are great, and I'd get the WR version if I was looking for a DSLR.But Pentax/Ricoh, is it possible you could put out a WR pocketable APS-C sensor mirorless? A "rugged" GR? For many of us hikers/travelers/dirty-hand users, this would be fantastic.
Looks wonderful - too bad no pano mode, though. This is supposed to be a hiker's dream, right?Well done Pentax.