Here’s something you don’t see every day. Ricoh’s GR Digital has an impressive 8 megapixel Super CCD imaging sensor, but strangely comes with a fixed 28mm equivalent wide angle lens. What this means is that it has absolutely no optical zoom whatsoever, so if you want to get in close, you’ll have to resort to your own two feet, or by using the essentially useless 4X digital zoom.
That said, you can get near DSLR quality in a pocket sized camera. ISO setting range from 64 to 1600, and you can even shoot in RAW if that’s what tickles your fancy. It will also do 320×240 video recording at 30fps, and gets its power from either a propriety lithium-ion rechargeable battery, or if you find yourself in a bind, it will also take 2 AAA batteries. Of course, it comes with PictBridge support, and the rubber handgrip makes sure you don’t accidentally drop this in the pool.
The Ricoh GR Digital retails for a hefty £399, or about 700 American greenbacks.