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$699, estimated street
Ricoh's new GR Digital II is a serious compact with a lot to lust for, but it doesn't come cheap. Hot: This is no minor upgrade -- 10MP, 2.7-inch high-resolution LCD, fast (f/2.4) 28mm lens, manual modes, and lots of unexpected extras such as RAW capture, electronic leveler, depth-of-field indicator, and a 1:1 square aspect-ratio setting. Not: You'd better hold steady, because there's no image stabilization.