After eBaying my gallbladder I went out and got a Canon G9, which is turning out to be a lovely little beastie, so lovely in fact, that tomorrow I'll be using it to ahem, shoot video.
As for stills? Like all compacts, it starts shovellin' in da noize once you get past about 400 ISO, but I can't remember the last time I went above that anyway, and so far, the raw files (hoo yeah, baby) from the camera are lookin' alright.
The downside is the viewfinder is complete rubbish, and the external finder I bought ain't much better either, so I might have to get used to using it in either screen-gawp or point 'n' pray mode.
In the meantime, G9 newbies will be doing themselves a favour if they check out the Lifespy with a G9 'blog, which has plenty of practical info on the machine, with links to various handy camera nick-nacks.