Ricoh makes official statement about Film Camera Project’s compacts

Ricoh makes official statement about Film Camera Project’s compacts

Is Pentax releasing two compact film cameras in Spring 2024? Ricoh has pumped the brakes on that previous statement.

Pentax K1000 film camera. Photo by Greg Rosenke on Unsplash.

We reported a short while ago about Pentax releasing two new affordable compact film cameras in Spring 2024. Ricoh Europe has now issued an official statement regarding that previous report.

We found information on several websites regarding our film camera development. This included two compact film cameras for Spring 2024 as mentioned by a colleague working for Ricoh Imaging Europe. This is not our official remark, nor is it based on any fixed information. We are indeed challenging the development of a compact film camera; however, we have not yet decided whether or when we will launch such a product.

Ricoh Europe

The previous statement was from an announcement which came during a French-speaking photo and video podcast on They had interviewed Yazid Belmadi, a promotions manager at Ricoh Imaging France, who talked about issuing two compact cameras in Spring 2024.

If we hear anything more about the Film Camera Project by Pentax, we will report it here.

In the mean time, you may wish to read about why the Pentax Film Camera Project just might be successful.

Above: All night photos taken with the venerable Pentax K-1 full frame DSLR.