I'm fascinated by the concept of downsized pro quality cameras. With many manufactures having already jumped into the market to supply that type of devise, Canon has finally decided to join the fray. Rather than go with a relatively small sensor and interchangeable lens like Panasonic and Olympus did with their micro 4/3's cameras, Canon decided to go with a relatively large sensor and a fixed zoom lens with it's new G1X. It's an intriguing approach, especially attractive for photographers who want a small pro quality system, but don't want the burden of carrying around multiple lens. Like me. Because I like to do most of my shooting in wider angle ranges than what the G1X allows, I probably won't seriously consider it. However, it's great image producing capabilities and small form factor could make it the perfect compact system for many shooters. I think it's going to be very successful.