I do have a great selection of cameras, Canon 7D, Lumix TZ 20, Leica V-Lux 2 plus a couple more, so I was initially hesitant to buy this camera as it sort of looked like overkill. Yet having owned the never failing G2 for nearly a decade I finally took the plunge.
First of all I fell in love with the looks, and you really need to hold one to really understand why.... the retro style knobs and little orange lights indicating the settings really got the better of me. Just a glance at the top of the camera and you can see and set the ISO, shutter speed and exposure. The camera still sports the canon DSLR like dial on the rear and another one just in front of the shutter release.
Yet having said that, we do buy cameras ultimately for image quality. And all I could say when looking at the pics was WOW!! This camera has got such a great IQ, and unless you go to full size view, you could find yourself wondering whether the pics are from the 7D or the Canon G12, which costs a fraction of a half descent lens for a DSLR.
This is really a great camera, no wonder it holds its price. It is and feels rock solid, and is truly a masterpiece of technology.
The viewfinder is not a digital one, so really it does not see through the lens,(no information is displayed on it either) which could result in some close up photos being offset, yet once you go beyond a few meters than this tends to become more accurate. I personally hate digital viewfinders, as they do tend to tire the eye. The fold-able screen is packed with all the details you could wish for. (not touch screen)
This is a great camera for pros as it really compliments a DSLR. It is also very appealing to the enthusiast, who wants total control over his shots (even though the auto mode copes extremely well).
The G12 does offer loads of features which can be looked up on dpreview or other sites, yet I would like to mention the miniature mode which produces some great effects.
Whenever I read a review of a camera, my main priority is image quality, as its useless to have a gazillion of features yet so and so quality.
All I can say is that this little jewel will perform and live up to your expectations. The added DSLR features are a great bonus.
If I had to loose this camera I would get another G12 without hesitating.
I do hope that this unbiased review could guide you in selecting the right camera for your needs, and wish you happy shooting :)