Thanks for your reply! Yes, this will be my first digicam. The G500 was my first choice a while ago, but I was struck by the large LCD as well as other featureson the W1 so I sort of changed my mind. Unfortunately some W1 users complained about blurred or soft pics while others loved theirs, so could be same QC situation. Anyhow with the price of $279 and pocketable size of the G500 my thoughts are now leaning back towards this. None of the stores carry the G500 anymore, they now have the G600 so I guess I can try out the G600 but maybe its not the same. The one at Costco did not have any power to it to try it out.
Are you content with keeping yours, or do you have an eye for new/different digicam?