Canon's G series have always been a hit, generation after another they find ways to improve them and the G10 continues that upward trend. It offers a fix wide angle lens and a usable optical zoom. It's higher pixels allows for stronger images when you have to use the digital zoom. The G10 also gives you very usable and powerful manual mode options. The build quality is unsurpassed, as it's built like a tank. It's big enough so it won't be accidentally dropped but small enough so it fits in your pockets. While being so compact, it does not lack any quality. It's image sensor is bigger than that of the average point-and-shoot camera. The body is mostly metal and it looks and feels very strong. If you're traveling and don't want to lug around your DSLR suitcase, you can easily put this in your pocket and with careful composing, you can create very professional and quality photos. With all of this you can still take decent videos too. Although HD abilities would makes this a superb package.