I have been looking for a sidekick to my Canon T2i system for about 6 months. Having poured over the reviews here, I keep coming back to the G12. Yes, I would like a bit wider and longer lens, and a bit more aperture range...but, I need a quick grab camera (with RAW and manual capabilities) with an efficient User Interface. I tried using a Panasonic DMC-ZS10 (borrowed), and while the camera takes fine images, negotiating the UI was just too time consuming (when bouncing back and forth from the T2i). I suspect that users who favor other brands will have the same perspective on familial UIs.