I've been going to the various political meetings that have been happening throughout New Hampshire and taking still photographs. The venues are loaded with big TV cameras and people hauling their huge Canon and Nikon DSLRs around for still shots. So here I am, not a professional and not carrying either a Nikon or Canon DSLR. But, the G7 has some advantages: - It's small and easy to hold (over your head) for long periods - The fold out screen is ideal for framing when your camera needs to be as high as possible to get over all the people holding cell phones over their heads. - The face/eye detection nails the focus most of the time - it does get confused at times with the faces in the background. I don't have any way to review the work these other photographers did, but I doubt it is much better than what I could get with the $650 G7. I used a flash at this event. Ambient light would have required an ISO of 6400 to get reasonable shutter speeds and I know that at that ISO is there a significant loss of detail. I used a Yongnuo YN560III at about 1/4 output and all manual settings on the camera (except focus). ISO was at 800 for the entire night. In the image below, Hillary Video Clip, that's my flash poking up into the field of view. I did see one person with a Sony A7. Yea, I would not have minded having that camera.