I was looking through my Lightroom catalog a couple weeks back and came across some photos I had made with the Ricoh GX200. The GX200 is a pocket sized camera from 2008 with a simmilar form factor and controls to my trusty Ricoh GR III. The GX200 however sports a 24mm-72mm (35mm) equivalent zoom lens and a tiny but wonderful CCD sensor that, under the right conditions, can produce images with great color and tonality. I had purchased a used one back in 2011 for a very good price, the owner had lost the charger and couldn’t be bothered to find a new one. A quick ebay search and I had a replacement charger and some spare batteries. Ironically, I discovered afterward that the GX200 can also be powered by a pair of AAA batteries which made it a great travel camera for those that know about this secret feature! I never fully appreciated this little gem when I had it and it got sold off at some point around 2015.
After reviewing my photo archive last week I took to Ebay and found a GX200 with some cosmetic damage but in otherwise good condition for about $100 USD. It was too good to pass up so I pulled the trigger. The camera arrived yesterday and I took it out for a quick walk around the block. I’m impressed all over again.