I picked up a Canon G9 for my Holiday to Bali in a couple of weeks, I didn't want to take my 1dsmk2 for weight/safety/inconvenience issues so after a bit of reading up on Point and shoot camera's (something I have no idea about) I found the G9 looked right up my alley. First impressions, It's hardly small. This was a bit of a dissapointment but It's tiny when compared to my DSLR setup. In the hand it's totally different to what I am used to, looking through an LCD screen to take a photo is wierd at first but after a while I became used to composing/focusing using the screen. And the screen is great, 3 inches with plenty of resolution. The camera itself is built really well, the body is solid and all the doors are well sealed and built tough. The best bit is the Dials up the top of the camera for ISO and the mode scenes, very easy to use and quick to navigate. Focusing speed is very impressive, using the assist beam it's just as fast as a HSM lens. The camera actually uses a hotshoe so you can use a more powerful flash like the 580exII or off camera flash. Very cool. The images the camera produces are very detailed and totally blew my expectations. The image stabilization really work well and is not a gimic, 1024 video aswell is extremely detailed and has good sound. 100% crop, straight off camera Overall, for the price, features, Full RAW support and build quality it is a mighty fine camera, I look foward to using it.