Is Ricoh about to leave the camera industry?

Ricoh RIP?

Ricoh, the imaging company behind the Pentax brand, is moving towards the sale or withdrawal of a number of businesses in order to improve profitability – and there is a sense in the industry that this could spell the end of its camera division.

Ricoh has steadfastly – some would say stubbornly, even foolishly – stuck to DSLR development and shunned the mirrorless movement, even stating that DSLRs will make a comeback. While still producing traditional cameras like the Pentax K3 Mark III, the company is also behind beloved compacts like the Ricoh GR III as well as great 360 cameras like the Ricoh Theta X.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.