Joined: Sep 2011
What did Fuji have to lose for god's sake?
Pentax remain a traditional company, even if they die in fifteen years, they will be making great cameras for that amount of time.
This argument is too black and white, we need different players in the market, if there is just mirror-less, how boring will that be?
Agonizingly boringly yawn city, that's how.
.......vivre la diffÃ©rence!
Sony hit a ceiling after deciding to pursue a different path than the classic DSLR; they had SLTs + MILCs while the DSLRs were growing fast. It wasn't the market.
The 10 years horizon is just a made-up number.
Joined: Apr 2010
Small compact cameras have their value and place, and bigger rugged cameras with loog battery times and good ergonomics suited even for glove use have their value and place.
The silly DSLR "hate" on here is just that, silly. Different ideas, tastes and preferences call for different gear. Pick the right tools for the job. The only thing Pentax still needs to address on the camera side is their iffy AF performance.
Pentax' user base is in SLR land. Giving those people a K1 makes sense, just like apparently it still makes sense to Sony to bring a A99 II.
Going APS-C mirrorless makes less sense for Ricoh at the moment, as they would just be an also-ran next to Sony CFKAN, EOS M, Fuji X, in what is still a small market. That they should diversify and also look at bigger than Q-sensor mirrorless and even a FF mirrorless, sure, when funds allow.