Ricoh announces rugged WG-6 and business-oriented G900 compacts; gets ready to ship long-awaited GR III
posted Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM EDT
With the CP+ tradeshow in Japan just around the corner, Ricoh has today made news on several fronts. Firstly, the company has revealed two closely-related new point-and-shoot models, one aimed at consumers and the other at industrial usage. Secondly, it has finally announced pricing and availability -- not to mention further specifications -- for its long, long-anticipated Ricoh GR III compact.
Since much of the GR III's feature set was already a known entity, we'll start off with the compacts. Here, the Ricoh G900 and WG-6 both share a newly-designed body that's still extremely rugged and now better-waterproofed than ever. They also sport a new, higher-res image sensor, 4K video capture and much more modern connectivity options.
Sadly, they've also dropped sensor shift image stabilization from the spec sheet, and switched back to the less-bright but further-reaching 5x zoom used by models before the WG-4 GPS. The G900 adds much more built-in memory, a bundled charger and business/industrial-oriented options like password protection, barcode scanning, onion-skin overlay of previous images on the live view, and even a firefighting scene mode.
And so we come to the APS-C sensor-shod Ricoh GR III. After an almost four-year wait, it's finally about to arrive in a matter of weeks, and we can now reveal -- drum roll, please! -- that list pricing will be set at US$900 or thereabouts when it ships next month. We also know new details about the lens, image sensor, image processor and plenty else besides.
For the full story, you'll want to read our Ricoh GR III preview. (And watch this space for our full review, coming soon!)