thelps wrote:Hi and welcome to the forum, your comment here is one I agree very much on, the GRD survival over camera phones is a concern. Not sure what the answer is but perhaps the cult following will keep the GRD going, its survival is probably mostly about decent sales.
This is spot on.
From a spec POV, the GRD should have been dead in the water around the time of the second generation. The reason Ricoh keeps making them is that there is a small but very loyal group of people who seek something they can't get from other cameras. A very high quality fixed lens, great operation with everything controllable with buttons, wheels and levers rather than menus and touchscreens, and an unobtrusive design.
Camera phones and CSC:s might well eventually kill off the point and shoot compacts, but there will always be room for enthusiast compacts catering to niche markets.
I think two things are especially important to consider: the average user review for the GRD versus any other camera. The scores and positive comments are, simply put, far above what any other camera achieves. Second, the average image from a GRD, which I would suggest is of far higher quality in terms of everything from exposure to composition than those from pretty much any other camera bar high end FF and MF cameras. It's fairly obvious that the people using the camera know what they're doing.
This final point also means that high ISO noise and limited DR will not be as much of a problem. A good photographer knows how to work around such limitations, and as it's not a camera for weddings or sports it doesn't need this.
That said, I believe it will have the same form factor (don't fix what isn't broken) but a larger sensor. Patents filed by Ricoh for 14/2.5 and 19/2.5 lenses suggest it might be as big as an APS-C sensor, but I doubt they'd go that far if it meant having to give up too much on the size / form factor. Given the quality of Sony's new 1" sensor and the compact size of the RX-100, that might be a fair bet for the GRD V.