Nathebeach: The shot inside the airport terminal is impressive.ISO 1600 and not much noise.Was that shot as a straight jpeg or was it processed from RAW I wonder?I am impressed. I would like to hear some feedback from some of the more experienced guys with a more critical view.
Correct! noise is very limited. Other poisitive point is the small amount of purple fringing of the lens in in the lights (reflectors). Some complain about the f2.8 and not having a faster lens (i.e f 2.0) but frequently having such lens in compact cameras could mean having a not neglible qty of purple which need more post processing to minimize it.
Daniel Y: No shots to show performance with skin tones?
Here's one shot where you can appreciate skin tones. Look impressive IMHO. Link:
Just to reinforce the correct argument of ZAnton: G1X is focused primarly to those who wants relative high quality without sacrificing portability which at the end of the day is one point not to forget in travels where a DSLR with plenty of lenses is not needed. Imagine taking decent RAW photos during a colorful spring evening only carrying a tiny light bag for the G1X or better during a long weekend in a beach minimising the risk of carrying expensive 5DMKII/7D/1D +lenses enoying at same time walks without struggling with a heavy and bulky bags...In my oppinion Canon made a unerring design in function of a market study.Noise very similar with a 7D at same conditions, very good dynamic range.