I am on my 12th digital camera. I started with a Sony Mavica 1.5 Floppy Disc camera. It took decent photos for my needs back then. As my photography skills grew my expectations of my camera grew.I stayed with Sony for a while. Most of them were high end point and shoot cameras that could fit in my fishing vest pocket. My friends that were professional photographers said I needed to step up to a DSLR.
Eight months after purchasing this camera I noticed scratch on the lens. They were on the same basic area. I did some research and discovered that Canon had a design flaw in their retractable lens cover. I contacted Canon and they denied the design flaw. I sent it to Canon and had it fixed for $45.00. It took good photos so I ate the cost to fix it. One year later the lens was scratched all over again. Once again I contacted Canon and they denied a design flaw. I placed the Canon G12 on the shelf and have not picked it up again.
This will be my last camera!