You thought we already had an embarrassment of riches in the small enthusiast camera category? Well, it just got worse! I mean better.Wouldn't you know this would come up when I've overextended myself and badly need sleep (note the timestamp of today's [or rather yesterday's] first post, and this one), but I couldn't wait—if you like small cameras, you've got to see the supercool new Ricoh GR (yes, Pentax Ricoh is going the way of "Leica M" and dispensing with version numbers...it's just the "GR" now). I've been being distracted by the voluminous press materials for the camera all day today, when I had other, more pressing things I absolutely had to be doing.
Bottom line, Pentax Ricoh thinks this is the outlier when plotted on an x-y graph for high image quality and small size / low weight. And, with virtually the same concept as the Coolpix A (APS-C sensor, fixed 28mm-e lens) it's only three-quarters as much moolah, and Pentax Ricoh makes it very clear in its press package that it thinks it's built an even better lens. (Not that anybody would expect the Nikon to be any slouch.)
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Sanjeev: "Looks just like my Ricoh GR1v 35mm camera circa 2000. I loved that thing; the lens was 28mm and fantastic."
"The Ricoh GRD is the only digital camera I have ever held that almost irrationally invokes the kind of tool-like confidence through its workmanship, build, and material tactility of old metal-built mechanical cameras. If you can love an inanimate object I love my GRD III which is only two steps away from being my dream small DMD-camera. The new GR takes it one step closer (a sufficiently large sensor). The final step would be a 40–50mm-e lens which likely will not happen. So it is I who have to adjust instead. The handling and superb UI of the Ricoh GRD series overrides most other criteria for me."