Ricoh has announced the development of a new flagship APS-C Pentax DSLR to be launched in 2020, with a preview of the camera being shown soon at the Pentax Meeting 100th Anniversary Special in Japan.
Ricoh has given almost no details about the camera besides that it will be a K-mount DSLR with an APS-C sensor and will be launched in 2020. Their last camera release was the minimally updated Pentax K-1 Mark II, and many have been wondering if Pentax was slowly petering out. I personally was a big fan of the Pentax K-1 when I reviewed it; it is really a photography nerd's camera, full of numerous fantastic and neat features paired with a great sensor. Pentax's cameras have a small but fiercely loyal following, and they will surely be quite pleased to hear that the company is still pushing forward with camera development. It is not entirely clear if the company will also be developing some new lenses for the camera. They did mention that they think a fair amount of mirrorless users will eventually return to DSLRs, so it would not be surprising if they also plan to invest in developing new lenses. Either way, it is certainly great news for fans of the brand.