UK pricing courtesy of Amateur Photographer
Due out on an unspecified date in December, the camera will cost £419 (body only). The 50mm lens unit will be priced £600 and the 24-70mm unit, £330. The VF-2 will cost £219.99.
On another tack, the GXR measures 113.9x70.2x77.1mm when fitted with the 50mm f/2.5 lens unit (source
). In comparison the Panasonic GF1 measures about 119x71x61mm when fitted with the 20mm f/1.7 (35mm equivalent focal length of 40mm) pancake lens (source
). Weights are pretty much the same but in its favour the Ricoh does have a slightly larger sensor (1.5x crop factor vs. 2x). But then the 20mm (40mm equivalent) GF1 would seem to be both cheaper, at $899, and more flexible than the 50mm (equiv) GXR with the body at $549 and the lens plus sensor at $830.
So I'm a little confused over the rationale behind the GXR, at least in it's 50mm guise, but it is good to have choices so I hope it does well. There's a GXR microsite which you can view here