"As good as expected."5.0 starson by ronsmith100
Pros: Exceptional image. Light weight. Retro dials. 28mm wide angle. HD video with stereo sound. Fisheye FUN! HDR
Cons: A bit more mechanical zoom would be good. A flash shoe cover. Lack of a printed manual. I like off the shelf AA batteries better than Lithium.
Summary: With more than half a century of photography. I've seen it all. Moved to videography 20 years ago and naturally migrated to Digital imaging from that.
This is the perfect light weight walk around for me. I have an EOS 7D and lots of canon lenses. This camera is sort of like having a second body only better. It fits nicely in a small nook of my system case.
I don't find the dials and navigation buttons hard to use. I feels perfect to me but that's the Canon connection I suppose. If one liked and used a different camera a lot (like say the Lumix mentioned) then I suppose a different arrangement would be cumbersome.
Also I have a "good eye" too and do not see any degradation of image past 200. But then I don't just change to higher ISO on a whim. I can shoot 800 that looks very nearly as good a 200 after I set up other parameters to compensate and do the post processing. Not to worry.
I find myself shooting a larger number of panorama hdr landscapes with the g12 than the 7D.