I had been waiting for an update to G12 and Canon hit a bulls eye with this camera. One could argue about G1X etc but I was looking for not just something more portable and handy for the situations when I did not want to lug my DSLR equipment around but something which would provide me with all the creative possibilities and image quality at not breaking my bank price. The best feature on this camera is its lens and the new sensor. Pristine image with high quality and fast lens with usable wide to long range for everyday use. The smart pan feature is pretty cool. Auto focus is noticeably fast. The burst mode did surprise me for a camera of this kind. I have not explored auto mode as that is more of when my kids and wife needs to shoot but the manual controls with easy access buttons in the back are awesome. The body seem to feel like Magnesium. Not sure if it really is or if it is plastic. Small ergonomic preferences apart the camera is a winner. Great job Canon. G15 will rule in this segment.