I understand the attachment to a brand, and the frustration when that brand falls behind the technological curve.
However, I would like to say something about why I purchased a GRDIV.
Because my decision wasn't really based on technology. Otherwise, I would have spent the extra money and bought the Fuji X100.
I based my decision primarily on three factors: 1) the absolutely passion photographers have for the Ricoh GRD (and GXR); 2) the inspirational photographs I saw taken with the camera; and 3) my father's GRDIII, which, when held in my hand created the feeling of something special.
I too wish for better low light performance, shallower depth of field, the best sensors, etc.
I am going to squeeze every last bit of talent I have out of my GRDIV. I'm going to use the camera until my talent renders the camera "obsolete", not the trends of technology.
So, thank you to those members of this forum whose work helped inspire me to take on photography and open my heart and mind (and eyes) to a whole new world around me. A world I couldn't see before.
Stay quite. Take pictures. Create art.