The GRD IV has been out for a while so I thought it time to perhaps have a gentle discussion on what might be in the GRD V (if there is one?), what we may suggest, like, desire, want and speculate a little on its arrival.
I think it a no brainer that some of the tech thats in the IV will find its way to the V. The focus module likely will be there but what else could be?
My 2 pixels worth..
A wish is for an OVF. My reasoning is that a fixed field of view OVF is easier to make than a zooming one and as the GRD has a single fixed lens what an ideal device to put one in. Remove the inbuilt flash, move the LCD to the right a bit and put some more body to the left with OVF in the left corner. Some space for a few control buttons below. I will add though that if no OVF eventuates I will still likely buy one. I like the GRD that much! So I won't cry
A larger sensor, always wanted but if it demands a bigger body then no from me. New sensor tech, slightly bigger may yield an improvement. I think for the series to survive it has to creep up, creeping hopefully will be enough.
All of the above I'd pass on if there was a way to make the camera as compact but with a fixed lens, by this I mean no telescoping lens assmebly movement during power up. Much like an X100 for example. A tall ask but I'll put it out there.
Limited versions? - I think why not, they are fun and if the price is sensible keep making them Ricoh! Just make sure they are available worldwide!
Note that I am easily swayed by a good strong argument...