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02-04-2014, 08:08 AM   #1
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Rumor: Rear Converter and 2 P&S cameras

From the digicame.info.

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・HD PENTAX-DA AF REAR CONVERTER 1.4X AW

・RICOH WG-20

・RICOH WG-4/WG-4 GPS


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02-04-2014, 08:12 AM   #2
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I guess Ricoh will take over the branding on compacts. It looks really prominent on the top left one and there is no Pentax in the product name at all.
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If the new P&S's are branded Ricoh then it looks like rumors about re-branding of the whole P&S line will have been true.

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Well, it doesn't make much sense to have a Ricoh and a Pentax line of compacts...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
If the new P&S's are branded Ricoh then it looks like rumors about re-branding of the whole P&S line will have been true.
If you remember, the PENTAX branding of the WG-3 was already very small...

QuoteOriginally posted by Kunzite Quote
Well, it doesn't make much sense to have a Ricoh and a Pentax line of compacts...
It doesn't make sense at all to stay with 2 brands on a less than 5% market shares either...
02-04-2014, 08:29 AM   #6
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・HD PENTAX-DA AF REAR CONVERTER 1.4X AW
- 1.4x converter.
- Autofocus.
- All weather.

・RICOH WG-20
- Waterproof down to 10m for 2 hours.
- Super-resolution technique.
- Digital microscope mode.

・RICOH WG-4/WG-4 GPS
- Waterproof down to 14m for 2 hours.
- GPS, barometer, altimeter, depth gauge, compass.

According to the digicame.info, new DSLR cameras or interchangable lenses are not yet confirmed.

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I think it would make sense to keep Pentax name alive in the P&S market at some level, maybe as a designator for the lenses on premium P&S like Sony does with Zeiss or Panasonic does with Leica.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Zygonyx Quote
It doesn't make sense at all to stay with 2 brands on a less than 5% market shares either...
Companies are using product brands all the time.

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So how long until we get a drive-by "Why I won't buy a WG!" Thread?

The WG cameras are also distributed in the B2B Ricoh channel as industrial tools for various WR applications and the Macro / Micro model for denatl applications. It makes sense to brand everything in the B2B channel Ricoh. I can't read closely enough, but it does appear the lens is branded Pentax.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
So how long until we get a drive-by "Why I won't buy a WG!" Thread?
I'll bite

I'm seriously considering a Nikon 1 AW1 to replace my Optio W10 whenever the trustworthy (soon 8 year old!) camera starts leaking…
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If the new WG's add RAW capability I'll be more interested.

I'm hoping that if there is a followup to the MX-1 that it will not be branded a Ricoh primarily and that the Pentax name will sit on its front gloriously. But Pentax is K mount, and I don't mind Pentax being DSLR/SLR/Mirrorless only. It reminds me of the Asahi days.
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I read before that Ricoh will be taking over compacts, but I was hoping the rugged WG(-4) series would stay under Pentax. It is one of the icons, Pentax is well known for the WG-2 and WG-3. I don't think its a good idea to change the branding on that series, as it already has recognition. But I noticed in a flyer some time ago that even the WG-3 were already coupled with Ricoh logos in the ad, without mention of Pentax. Too bad. Hopefully this kind of change means that more funds will be invested into Pentax DSLRs
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Great news and Ricoh branding makes sence to me. The camera's for this segment also still have a market against smartphones.
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Here we go.

Good luck Ricoh on taking over a known Pentax product line with your name.
Get ready for consumers to be confused, and a tanking of an already tenuous product line.

As, I sit and look at my brand new GoPro Hero3+ to take over from the last 4 Optio WR models that I have owned.

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Super-resolution technique.
Digital microscope mode.

Interesting. sensor shift resolution through double exposure? Super Macro is always cool.
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