I think it would compare quite favorably. In many instances, I don't think you'd notice much difference in image quality.Any idea how it would compare to the G12? That's my current point & shoot and, while I love the images I get, it's headed back to Canon in Irvine to get something repaired which, apparently, got broken during its last visit to Canon in Irvine. I'm thinking that having a back-up P&S wouldn't be a bad idea. I've been offered a G11 for a very nice price but, admittedly, it's a few years old and out of warranty.