As the say, the best camera you have is the one with you. I've only had the G11 for two days now, but its proven its worth as a camera I'll always keep with me. Coming back from work today at Silvio's photoworks, I did not have all of my normal gear in the car - but I had my G11 on my belt.
As I witnessed a police car speed past me hell for leather, I knew something big must have happened. I turned around and took a lucky guess at where it was heading - PCH and Diamond Ave.
Unfortunately, Evan, a 14-year old boy, was hit by a pickup truck that according to witnesses ran a red light - the kid luckily was only struck by the side view mirror and is in stable condition, but was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. As a photographer still for the Easy Reader newspaper, this was a newsworthy situation as there are currently debates about red light cameras and the danger this intersection is for the high school students who cross it daily, before, during and after school. These kids were just riding their skateboards to McDonald's - but one ended up getting hit by a driver. The driver tested negative for alcohol during a field sobriety test. "All zeros" as the police said.
The G11 was the only camera I had, but it held up well working in low light and less than optimal conditions - I am not sure if the paper is going to run the images and a story, but the files themselves certainly hold up well enough for print.
It's been said a million times before, but the best camera you have is the one you have with you, it's really quite true.
Have a safe New Years and drive safe and sober.