MonkeyHouse: I went to Henrys with the intention buying one of these, and opted for the Canon T3i instead. Within 10-15 minutes, I knew a few things would be a pain for m, all preference-based and subjective:
1. The grip didn't feel comfortable in my hand. Thumb got crampy from the "pinchy" way I had to hold it.
2. I tried adjusting EVH with the dial but no matter what the edges were distorted. Overall, I found looking through an EVF distracting. I'm not AT ALL a DSLR "optical view" snob... like I said, I had every intention of buying the G3 knowing it had EVF.
3. It's smaller to the naked eye, but when a big attraction is "take it places I wouldn't bother to take a DSLR" it's still not small enough.
The auto-fucus was crazy fast, though, and full-time autofocus seemed to work like a charm. It was a plenty good camera, but left me no reason to not get the T3i instead.
Aleo: no, I wanted the smallness. It just wasn't small ENOUGH ("no" to juergen's second question!) 15 minutes? I wish. I spend hours upon hours doing as much research as I could, including using borrowed DSLRs and of course my point and shoot. Couldn't get my hands on a G3 due to availability, but I had reached the conclusion after days of hours that the G3 was exactly what I was looking for. Until I actually held one and it just wasn't a good fit for me personally. Sometimes it doesn't take long to realize something's not right for you. ;-)
It was a lovely camera, but the uncomfortable (for me) grip and the disorienting (for me) EVF made it a no-go.
I went to Henrys with the intention buying one of these, and opted for the Canon T3i instead. Within 10-15 minutes, I knew a few things would be a pain for m, all preference-based and subjective:
ujay: I am probably the only one who thinks its a good idea. Actually I have been hoping that somebody would make a interchangable lens P&S camera or make a camera like Canon G11 where you could take the lens off.
Lo! pentax did it.
Reason: I want to use a cheap supersharp telephotos on this with an adapter to get great magnifications for bird photography. This option is smaller, lighter and portable and I will be able to use silky smooth MF lens on cheap 135 or 200mm lenses with a great LCD and take bird photos at equivalent of 600-900mm or even greater magnifications.
with patience and some luck.....I am sure we can get amazing photos. Sure to beat Digiscoping!
For the rest of the things...I have my 40d, 50d, EOS 50 and a speed graphic.
Seems to me that any number of cameras in the superzoom category fit the bill for portable P&S birding. DSC-HX100V for example. If you're putting on a telephoto and keeping it there, the IL aspect doesn't seem to offer much.
If it's meant to be fun, it needs to be cheap. I believe this will be around $800 will it not? I'd pay "enthusiast compact" prices to get this instead of an enthusiast compact were I in the market for such a thing. But not $800.