I have a Canon G12 that I like really well. I bought it because I thought it was as good a camera as I could get at the time in a single package: decent image quality, manual controls, a variety of focal lengths. I specifically did't buy an SLR (I already own several film SLRs) because I know what happens to them -- after the initial thrill wears off, they stay at home because they are too much of a pain to carry around. The G12 seems to be really good for low light situations in the low light mode.
I use the G12 professionally to illustrate my blog on airguns, but I really enjoy taking pictures of the sky and people being themselves.
Lately, however, my thinking has been going in two divergent directions which aren't necessarily complementary. Direction one: go up in image quality (bigger sensor), simply because I love some of the shots posted by the folks here, and bigger sensors deliver better IQ. My fear is that an interchangeable lens camera will suffer the same fate as my film SLRs (closet queens).
Direction two: go for another fixed lens compact camera, but with a serious zoom for grabbing pictures of wildlife, but that probably means giving up some image quality.
To combine the two ideas -- an interchangeable lens system camera with serious reach -- seems to be heading in the direction of extra bulk, complexity, and lots of expense.
Maybe I could carry both the G12 and a (for example) Fz150 in my rambles about the neighborhood. I know from experience that I'd rather have a camera with me than not and that you can't always get the composition you want with a fixed focal length camera.
I'm sure I'm not the first one to consider this dilemma. Does anyone have any thoughts or advice?
Does anyone routinely carry two different compact cameras rather than an interchangeable lens system? I'd love to hear from you.