The Canon G5
The theoretical highpoint of compact camera design, as far as image quality goes, was achieved by Canon in 2003 with the G5. Since then it has been steadily downhill for IQ in compacts. The high ISOs boasted by today's compacts are a farce. The G5 has many flaws, (most notably: VERY slow, dodgy AF and inefficient sensor), and is not for beginners, but: f/2 lens, 7.6µm² pixel pitch, RAW, optical VF, 2 custom modes... beat that! A modern cam with these specs will outperform an SLR for most tasks. Seeing is believing!
Jul 7, 2009