I’ve been happy with the Canon G9 and I imagine the newer G12 carries on the tradition with a larger sensor and some other nice features like remote release and a wider lens. One thing that I like this camera for is ability to mount a ring that accomodates close up lenses and/or a ring flash for some very good macro work. The optical viewfinder is another plus. I don’t see any need to move on to a DSLR. I wonder if you considered the G’s? They’re a bit thicker and solid with a form factor like an older rangefinder, but definitely pocketable.