Ricoh is a little late to the high-end, large-sensor compact game, but it may well have struck gold with this, the GR. Almost identical to Nikon's Coolpix A, it packs a similar spec punch—and costs $300 less.
Inside, there lies a 16.2-megapixel APS-C sensor, a fixed 18.3mm (28mm-equivalent) f/2.8 lens, ISO 25,600 capability, pop-up flash, Eye-Fi card compatibility, 1080 / 30p AF video and 4 fps shooting with continuous autofocus for "fast-moving subjects." All of which is, give or take, the same as the Nikon Coolpix.
It certainly looks pocketable, and nice with it: the GR seems to shun sleek style in favor of something a little more retro, and it works. But the best bit's got to be the price. While Nikon's Coolpix A sells for $1,100, the GR will cost $800. Still a chunk of change for a compact, but a pretty good deal if you were planning to buy the Nikon anyway. The GR will hit US shelves in May for $800. [Pentax Ricoh]