If you missed your first wave of Ricoh GRD2 coverage, be sure to catch up with our morning update. Then come back here for more :)
Update! (monthly production output revealed!)
The Ricoh press release is posted by Ricoh Japan, and in there we discover the monthly production output of the Ricoh GRD2. The number is *drum roll* 5,000 units per month, which explains why we are getting the same price as the original GR D. Clearly this camera is targeting a very specific audience who may be willing to pay top dollar for such a camera.
More GRD II coverage on the net
Adorama is accepting
Adorama is accepting pre-orders for the Ricoh GRD II in the USA for $700. It is expected to start shipping around Thanksgiving time. The camera is also available from Adorama on Amazon for $700 as well.
1001 Noisy Opinion
What do I think? While some Ricoh fans have been disappointed because this was an incremental update and not a big update, using perhaps a larger sensor, I personally think that if indeed the testable claims made by Ricoh hold true for the most part, they'll have a successful camera in their hands.
Because this is a unique design among current digital cameras, and because their supply will probably be limited, they can get away with charging the current prices (same as GRD I starting price, $700, 400 UK pounds).
If the noise situation is improved as promised, battery life is 350+, ISO 400 is as clean as ISO 100 of the GRD Mark I, RAW write speeds are indeed under 4s, with a buffer of two (okay, that's a little bit stingy), then it will be well worth it. These are what I call testable claimis because more or less they can be measured by the testers.