Frankly I need a smaller camera with RAW, and the Canon Powershot G9 fits the bill. No, I am not going to buy it yet, but sometime in the future hopefully. What sealed it was reading Nick Devlin’s experience with it at Luminous Landscape. I came to the realization that what has stopped me more than once in lugging my equipment around is its size. I definitely want RAW, and no point and shoot up to now has that capability.
I feel that the important thing is taking photos, and lots of them at this stage in my photographic development, not super equipment.