Yesterday I was standing in a line (with my G9 in my pocket) listening to a recent TWIP podcast in which Alex Lindsay and Stu Maschwitz were talking about the two latest G9 contenders just announced. I'll spare you another rant about my Canon G9 but a fact that hasn't escaped camera manufacturers is that the G9 hugely popular because it is less than $500 and has big-boy camera features (like RAW, IS lens and high ISOs etc) yet it fits in your pocket.
The big news is that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 looks like it (available in Sept 08) has everything the G9 has plus a 24mm f 2.0 Leica lens. Wow!
The reason I bring this up is I've talked to several people that are eying the Canon G9 as a potential PAP (Pole Aerial Photography) camera. Only problem with the G9 as a PAP camera is that without a converter it's widest angle is 35mm and you'd like to have something a bit wider, like 24mm. This Lumix LX3 looks like the perfect pole camera.