Three things happened to me since the first Sony RX100 was announced — I bought it and it later stopped working, after which I bought a Ricoh GR and that too stopped working. Then in December 2016, I bought a Sony RX100 Mark III and I dropped it into the water in a rafting mishap in February of 2017. Ouch!
The pain of losing the camera, barely three months after I bought it, proved to be more painful than the bruised ribs I suffered during the incident. The bruised had healed, the pain of losing the RX100 MIII remains till this day.
Gone with the RX100 MIII was my Huawei P9. Both the camera and the phone were declared total loss by their respective service centres.
The only functional cameras that I have now are an old Canon PowerShot G6 compact camera, bought in 2004, and a Pentax K-7 DSLR, bought in 2009. And, a Huawei Mate 9 Pro, bought soon after the demise of the P9.
Despite having these three at my disposal, I still long for a new compact camera, and have been waiting in vain for the Ricoh GR III, that any slight mention of Ricoh hinting that it remains “committed” to the GR series lifted my morale considerably. But that is all there is — it’s hoping against hope at the moment.
But why wait when I can just buy the GR III? What is stopping be from buying the GR II? Nothing really, except that the price has not gone down to a manageable level. And besides, the GR II is essentially the same as the GR before it. These two are basically the same in terms of optical quality, and I suspect, build quality as well. And I can’t be buying what essentially is the same one that has given up on me.
So I’ll be waiting for now. Hopefully, there will be something coming this year.
What do I want from a GR III if it ever make it into this world?
- Better build quality — I wouldn’t want it to fail on me like the GR does. If a Canon G6 can still be functioning 13 years later, and counting, no reason a GR should break down in two years.
- It’s okay if the new GR III maintains the current 28mm focal length but if it should go wider, say at 24mm, then perhaps a short zoom is on order, something like a 24-70mm.
- A movable screen of any type is preferred — flipping up and down or sideways, or something like the K-1, it will be okay.
- Wifi connectivity — didn’t realised how useful this function is until I tried one on the RX100 MIII.
- Better ISO capabilities; not that the GR series is bad in this regards, but it’s always good to see improvements.
- Longer battery life. Not that this is really needed in my case as I already have a spare battery from my old GR, but it’s something nice to have.
- The same GR design “language” — stealthy, minimalistic, and unassuming.
- An option for 16:9 aspect ratio.
- A better video than the current GR. How much better? Hmm… 4K?