Fabulous. Just the most gorgeous camera I have ever owned. I dabble in amateur photography and have owned the usual range of SLRs including, latterly, digital. But the reality is that the photography I love is the spur of the moment stuff. Especially photographing people without being intrusive. Whether out and about and I spot a special moment, or wanting to capture how my friends look around our dinner table by candle light, it is unlikely I will do well with a big, heavy DSLR.
This beauty of a joy of a camera is one I always have with me in my handbag. It is small, light, unobtrusive and ready in an instant. It reminds of an old Leica from the 1960s.
Super fast lens - just amazingly good. Took photos of the snowy landscape at night today - moonlight only. They're fantastic. Also brilliant for photographing people indoors without flash.
Quality of lens - Gorgeous stuff. Outdoors, in bright light, the Canon G10 marginall has the edge. But this is darn close and in other circs it wins.
Super Wide Angle. Amazing outdoor, nature and architectural stuff. Also very useful for interiors ( I am a passionate at creating beautiful homes).
Looks and feel. Small, dark, solid, old fashioned, iconic, great build quality.
I adore it.
Only down sides:
Silly lens cap is a pain. And the manual focus not great. But it is a classic and has CERTAINLY set a new bench mark in "bridge" type cameras which had the ease and size of point and shoot, but the quality and versatility of an SLR. It ain't as good as a good SLR - but it comes surprisingly very close.
Buy and fall in love.