re. the above post, the camera has been formally announced and there are several first looks and sample galleries on line. The caveat on the samples is they're all from preproduction cameras and won't necessarily represent output from consumer units (firmware changes can affect nearly any aspect of camera operation and picture quality).
Some further comments:
* Replacing the joystick with a thumbwheel will ease certain critical adjustments on the fly (e.g., exposure control, manual focus).
* Optional EFV is the same as for the GF1, meaning GF1 owners probably have one and any future upgrade will enhance either camera. I'm excited about this necessary and shameless copying of Ricoh's little innovation, which will completely transform the outdoor shooting experience.
* Zoom is now available while shooting video and there's a separate video switch for direct access at all times. Video format has been enhanced in ways I don't yet understand and some key video parameters can now be manually selected.
* The imager has been completely reworked for enhanced high-ISO performance and reduced noise. It's still oversized as with the LX3. I'd watch for these enhancements to migrate to the next 4/3 system chips.
* List price unchanged from the LX3 and I'd expect them to sell for full retail the first several months. Here's hoping Panny has resolved their chronic production capacity issues.
Ex fence-sitters can pre-order it today.