I just think with so many compacts in their range that Canon could reposition the G-series (or create a new brand) without affecting the other products or alienating exsiting customers. I suspect it will never happen from them though and we'll just have to watch companies like Leica carefully...
good points, but I think Leica cameras are a joke. they way they sold out their brand by rebadging panasonics and selling them for 35% more in price is simply appalling. they should stick to lens design and get out of camera business all together, leave a little dignity for the heritage of their brand. I have a 1950s Leica IIIf, that is in perfect working condition, that I just use as decoration. I like the brand and I hate to see it gets cheapened in this way.
but yes, I think Panasonic can make the ultimate digicam. They are so aggressive in their designs, they overload them with every feature possible, and that's why we even talk about them. they make good stuff.
I am disappointed in Sony. I used to like them but now I think they simply don't know the photography business, but they know consumers. I think they figured serious photographers are flocking to Canon and Lumix, so they might as well just make cool consumer toys.
Olympus is another disappointment, so is Nikon. Oly during their hay days of the Z5050 were a serious contender, now they are not popular with consumers at all, they way Canon and Sony are.
Nikon I don't get. They are just getting great with their DSLRs, but pay little attention to their digicam market. They have lost my respect. If I run a camera company, I make sure all the cameras that I put out are above average, like Canon and Pana. Nikon seems to only focus on the DSLRs and are basically losing the digicam market. No respect for them.
This is just my opinion, but we are left with Canon and Panasonic with Leica lenses to provide above average to excellent point and shoot cams. I just hope that one them makes a $600 pocketable digicam that will delight the serious shooter. G9 is so damn close, if it was a little faster, it would be the ultimate, but so far it's the best we got in this category...
please excuse the rant! I am just an enthusiast...