This is somewhat old news, now, as I've had it for about three weeks. I recently acquired a Canon G11 camera. The purchase had been under consideration for a while. While I totally love the Nikon D40 ( at least at my current skill level ) it has proven a bit bulky to haul on a lot of my wanderings. Now that I have several lenses for it I always feel like I want to carry them all around with me. When I have to haul several business related things, room for even the Nikon by itself is limited. The comact size of the G11 allows me to carry it anytime, even if it means stashing it in a jacket pocket.
The tipping point for the purchase came after a baby shower for our daughter. Katie took some pictures with a cheap Kodak point and shoot. The photo quality isn't real high to begin with. Somehow Katie got the dial turned to a high ISO setting. Most of the pictures were fairly grainy. Katie insists on a simple point and shoot camera. The G11 will give her that capability while still taking great pictures. Of course, she's going to have to arrange with me ahead of time to borrow it!
I did some research and read some reviews in a few of the photographic journals. In the end it came down to heeding the advice of a couple of friends who have owned other G model cameras. Some of you all have made positive statements about the G models you own, as well. One of my past motorcycle students is the manager of a Shutterbug camera shop. He arranged a smoking deal on a camera for me.
One of the interesting features is the live view screen that pivots to various positions. I never really thought this would be of much value but it's proving much more useful than I imagined. Now the lense and viewfinder don't need to be pointed in the same direction.
The picture quality is great. If there are flaws in the photos it will be operator error and not the camera.