Hello I'm "new" here although I've been lurking and reading threads as a guest for the past 4 or 5 months. Anyway I decided to register as this forum seems to be one of the better communities without all the pretention of some places while providing helpful and knowledgeable information... without the bad attitudes.
On to my question though. I recently (read: the last 6 months) began looking into picking up a new digicam to complement and/ or eventually replace my old school Canon Digital Rebel (D300... yes the original "affordable" one.) The problem has been that honestly it became more of a hassle to take with me with the equipment I take to various events and trade shows or just for traveling (with new airline regulations charging for extra bags/ carry-ons.) I really wanted something that I could just slip into my laptop bag relatively easily but still provide very good IQ - mind you most of this stuff will be for web albums or websites anyway. I would still like the option to be able to make good prints when I wanted though.
Originally I wanted something that was 6-10 MP, would do RAW, have a good macro mode, good ISO up to 400-800 if possible, have a relatively fast lens (at least 2.8f on the low side,) and have good color reproduction. I've looked at the Canon G9, Leica D-Lux 3, Sigma DP1, Ricoh GX200/GRDII and the Olympus e420. They are some of the best of the best in the price range I wanted to spend but that was before the Micro 4/3 format became public knowledge. So now I am leaning a bit more to the sub $350 cameras if possible (although I can or will go up to $400 if it's worth it.) I've read a few reviews online that confused me more than anything as they would either praise or bash the cameras and they all got about the same ratings in the end. As you can see I'm a bit out of the loop as far as P&S cameras go but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance though.
P.S. This would all be so much simpler if Leica ( or someone like Cosina Voigtlander) would offer a small digital "street camera" priced like a prosumer dSLR for the hobbyists.