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CP+ is about to happen, and here are the latest digital cameras that have been announced.

Nikon Coolpix:
P340 – Entry level serious compact, 5x optical zoom, built in Wi-Fi
S9600 – 22x optical zoom pocket camera
S9700 – 30x optical zoom pocket camera, 3inch screen, manual controls
P600 – 60x optical zoom, tilting vari-angle screen
P530 – 40x optical zoom
AW120 (Waterproof, 18m)
S32 (Waterproof, 10m), 13mp

Olympus:
Stylus Tough TG-850 (Waterproof, 10m), tilting screen for self-portraits
Stylus SP-100EE – 50x optical zoom, with dot-sight
OM-D E-M10 – compact 16mp Micro Four Thirds camera with EVF, sample photos.

Fujifilm:
X-T1 – Weather sealed compact system camera, full review.

Pentax Ricoh:
WG-4, WG-4 GPS – (Waterproof) one with GPS
WG-20 – (Waterproof)

Panasonic:
Panasonic Lumix GH4 – interchangeable lens digital camera that records 4K video – Micro Four Thirds, 16mp sensor, 12fps continuous shooting for stills.

Casio:
Casio Exilim EX-100 – Serious compact with Raw, tilting screen, 10.7x optical zoom lens with f/2.8 aperture, and 3.5inch screen.

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Here are some sample photos from the new Ricoh GR (V), the compact camera with a large APS-C sensor, 28mm wide-angle lens (f/2.8), manual controls, RAW shooting, built in flash, flash hot-shoe and more. The photos were taken with a production version of the Ricoh GR, on a very grey day. Click to view more below.

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Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm Lens UnitHere’s a roundup of the latest Ricoh digital cameras, along with links to reviews worth checking out:

Ricoh CX Series: (latest at top)
Ricoh CX6, 10.7x optical zoom lens compact – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh CX5, 10.7x optical zoom lens compact – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh CX4, 10.7x optical zoom lens compact – DigiCamReview, ePHOTOzine
Ricoh CX3, 10.7x optical zoom lens compact – DigiCamReview
Ricoh CX2, 10.7x optical zoom lens compact – DigiCamReview
Ricoh CX1, 7.1x optical zoom lens compact – DigiCamReview

Ricoh GR Digital Cameras:
Ricoh GR Digital IV, 28mm f/1.9 lens compact – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh GR Digital III, 28mm f/1.9 lens,  compact – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh GR Digital II, 28mm f/2.4, 2.7inch screen compact – ePHOTOzine, Serious Compacts, ThinkCamera
Ricoh GR Digital I, 28mm, f/2.4 lens, 2.5inch screen compact – DigiCamReview

The Ricoh GXR cameras:
New: Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm f/3.5 – ePHOTOzine (shown above)
Ricoh GXR A12 28mm f/2.5 – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh GXR P10 28-300mm zoom – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh GXR Leica M Mount – ePHOTOzine
Ricoh GXR 24-72, 50mm f/2.5 – ePHOTOzine

Other Ricoh Cameras:
Ricoh PX, budget waterproof – ePHOTOzine, £87 Amazon UK

Ricoh GR Digital IV White
ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Ricoh GR Digital IV – the camera features hybrid AF, image stabilisation, f/1.9 lens, a 1.23 million dot 3 inch screen (new Sony “WhiteMagic” screen with white dots in addition to RGB), 10 megapixel sensor, new processing engine, and it will be available in black, or a limited edition white version (as shown).

Read more Ricoh GR Digital IV Reviews: Pocket-Lint, Photography BLOG, Serious Compacts, Photographic Central.

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If you’re not making a “mirrorless” / “compact system camera” (CSC) (or ILC*) then you’re not making / growing profit, and you’re not going to get very far in the digital camera market… particularly in Japanese or UK style markets (Europe for example).* see notes on Canon.

Lets look at some of the digital camera companies, and some of the things that have been happening over the last 12+ months:

Olympus: Ignoring all the bad stuff, they have grown to be the biggest selling Mirrorless camera company in Japan for 2012 (and possibly Europe / Germany – or at least Micro Four Thirds combined). Strengths in waterproof compacts. Extremely good range of mirrorless cameras this year – catching up with Panasonic for focusing speeds.

Panasonic: Growing Mirrorless market, particularly strong in the UK. The combined forces of Panasonic and Olympus on Micro Four Thirds (M43) makes M43 the most compelling mirrorless system, with sales in Japan for 2011 for Mirrorless 1. Pana, 2. Oly, and 2012 for Mirrorless 1. Oly, 2. Pana.

Nikon: Growing market share thanks to competitive DSLR products, and entry into Mirrorless market. Entry level mirrorless said to be selling increasingly well. Increasingly popular Coolpix range of compacts (year on year growth).

Sony: Bought Konica Minolta’s DSLR business, then launched the Sony A100, they said they were going to challenge Nikon and Canon for the top spot, and considering they came from nowhere, they’re now No. 3 in DSLR sales, it’s pretty impressive and something I didn’t expect if I’m honest. Extremely innovative with traditional DSLR, then the ultra fast “Translucent Mirror” SLT / SLRs with electronic viewfinders. Also No. 3 in Mirrorless after Olympus / Panasonic / Micro Four Thirds. Some would say leaders in the image sensor business (selling sensors to Apple for the iPhone, APS-C to Nikon/Pentax, Backlit CMOS sensors to everyone etc)

Pentax / Ricoh: Profitable DSLR business, fresh investment from Ricoh should inject new life into this area, and additional mirrorless APS-C camera should improve business further (with the potentially game changing camera). Ricoh are more of a niche market with premium GR Digital series (with cult following in Japan), and Leica M mount GXR (with APS-C sensor). Ricoh are profitable with a very successful print/copier business that is used in corporate and government environments for things like sending out mailings to 40,000+ people etc Serious stuff. Pentax / Ricoh combined could be a very interesting company to watch over the next 12 months. I expect growth. Pentax Q has some success in Japan as the smallest mirrorless camera.

Kodak: Ouch (recently filed for bankrupcy protection). Here is the perfect example that backs up the following statement: You don’t make profit from cheap “and cheerful” me too style point and shoot cameras. Sold sensor business (doh!).

Minox: Recently announced they aren’t going to make “cheap and cheerful” point and shoot cameras. Instead they’ll keep making those interested “Spy cameras” and “retro classics“.

Agfa/Vivitar/HP: See Kodak.

CASIO: Recently decided to close the Casio Exilim division in the UK (still available to buy through European distributers). Some innovation in High Speed cameras, but it’s very difficult to make profit from point and shoot cameras. Strong in Japan though. A mirrorless camera would really help you grow! (Why not bring high speed sensors and image processing to Micro Four Thirds?)

*Canon: Recently the CEO stepped down as profits aren’t growing as quickly as expected. Canon are being challenged by Nikon on all DSLR fronts, and then also challenged by Mirrorless cameras. So whilst DSLRs was (and is) a profitable area, Mirrorless is challenging both compact cameras, and entry level DSLR. And at the bottom end of point and shoot, this is being challenged by smartphones with decent(ish) cameras. A mirrorless camera would really help your profits!

Fujifilm: Making a market for itself by selling premium compact cameras, X100 (selling like hotcakes, in the 100k region!), X10, X-S1 (Premium Ultra Zoom Bridge camera), X-Pro1 Mirrorless, and strong in Bridge / Ultra Zoom cameras that look like mini-DSLRs. Strong in waterproof market as they can undercut competitors on price, and presumably still make profit from it?

Samsung: Sells the NX mirrorless system, with a decent range of lenses and good image quality. Not sure how well it is doing worldwide, but a good system, that can often undercut competitors on price. Compact cameras seem to be leading the way for features: WiFi, App / Phone style GUI. Samsung don’t seem to be rated in Japan though, rest of world, yes. Compact cameras can undercut competitors, making them a popular buy.

Leica: Premium ILC / Mirrorless cameras, with a premium price – growing and profitable (as far as I’m aware). “Me Too” Panasonic cameras. Really they should get back into “bed” with Fuji and make “Me Too” (premium compacts) products from the Fujifilm X series (X10, X100, X-S1,X-Pro1) or join Micro Four Thirds 😉

Others? BenQ / Aigo / GE / Polaroid / Rollei / Praktica : – see Kodak, see Casio, unless you have an extreme niche (Ricoh) and are popular in your home market (Casio/Japan), or make a mirrorless camera then how will you grow?

ricoh cx6ePHOTOzine has reviewed the new Ricoh CX6, an update to the CX5, it has a 10 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, 10.7x optical zoom lens, 3 inch high resolution screen, 5fps shooting, HDR mode, adds A/S manual controls, and improved high speed focusing with a response time of just 0.1 seconds. According to the review, it is actually as quick as it says it is! The Ricoh CX6 is available in black, silver or pink for £259.

Ricoh GR Digital IV White
Ricoh has announced the new Ricoh GR Digital IV – the camera features hybrid AF, image stabilisation, f/1.9 lens, a 1.23 million dot 3 inch screen (new Sony “WhiteMagic” screen with white dots in addition to RGB), 10 megapixel sensor, new processing engine, and it will be available in black, or a limited edition white version (as shown). (via ePHOTOzine. Ricoh has also announced a new firmware update for the Ricoh GR Digital III adding 5 new features / enhancements.

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Ricoh has announced the New Ricoh GXR Leica M Lens Mount A12 Module (shown above) for the Ricoh GXR system – it features a 12.3 megapixel APS-C sensor and allows you to attached Leica M lenses, or other lenses with adapters. More details here.

18x optical zoom lens: Samsung WB700 – an update to the WB600 (one of our favourite cameras), find out how it performs.
10 megapixel Samsung ST30: ePHOTOzine – a camera with a tiny sensor, tiny body, and tiny wallet friendly price.
8 megapixel Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc: ePHOTOzine find out if the backlit Exmor R sensor in this camera phone performs.
Pentax Optio RS1500 Reviews – available with super hero face plates, or without with a budget price at: Photography BLOG, ePHOTOzine
Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS – the tough waterproof with Macro LEDs reviewed at: Photography BLOG, ePHOTOzine

Ricoh PX Waterproof
Ricoh has announced the new Ricoh PX Waterproof digital camera, it features a 16 megapixel sensor, wide angle 5x optical zoom lens (28–140 mm), ISO100-3200, 2.7inch screen, water, dust, shock proof, and 300 shot battery life. It will be available in green, black and silver, and there are a number of colourful cases available for it. Sample photo(s) can be found on Ricoh’s website.