Hello Duncan and welcome here! Great review! We can only hope that Ricoh guys read all these reviews, listen user opinions (as they mostly do) and implement most of the user comments into the future GRD incarnations. I personally don't care about noise..not much. But it would be definitely great to get faster startup and even more silent focus. R8 is both fast starter and very silent performer, so why not GRD? But what would be really great is enhanced dynamic range and of course, the ability to play with out of focus rendering. Unfortunately, both things require larger sensor and this is not easy if we want the same body size and lens performance.