I have been doing some searching to satisfy my appetite for a new camera. Taking stock of what cameras are in my arsenal, I found the fun, the serious and the speedy ones there. What do I want? So I have been carrying each of them for a few days and shooting in a hope to find out if any of them needs an upgrade. The more I shoot, the more confirmed my belief is that no camera makes a good photographer. Certainly,the image quality varies and the bigger the sensor the better. But there is a way to work around every shortfall. As for the GX200, its grainy character could make tasty black and white images.
That said, the Ricoh GR has come down lots in price which makes it very a tempting new acquisition. The B & H offers it at a reduced price with a free GV1 and a high capacity SD card. Amazon offers one at a moderately higher price BUT with a GV1, a spare battery and a Ricoh flashgun!
In Hong Kong, there is the limited edition which comes with a specially treated body, the GH3 plus shade and the special leather strap with camera case. The price? Same as a new Ricoh GR. Irresistible. Now the only probably deal breaker is the seemingly prevalent dust spot on sensor issue.
So, I don’t rush to a conclusion, but close to one.