I know we've already had an instance of a thread being closed by Michael on this issue, so we have to keep it civil. But I tend to agree with mrleonard here, that given the choice of two cameras that produce very similar image quality, both having a RAW mode and manual functions, I would opt for the lighter and more pocketable camera.
Sure, and that's a personal choice. I opted for the more rugged camera with more options, better macro, and better zoom.
Without having done an exhaustive comparison of the features of these two cameras on dpreview, I would say that after fundamental image quality and compactness, the features that might sway me in favour of one camera over another are features such as wide-angle capability, macro capability (how close can one get?), frame rate in RAW mode and shutter lag.
It would be interesting if you or Mr. Leonard would do such a review ... but I know one thing, the G9 lets you get closer for macro than just about any camera I can think of. I myself have no use for wide-angle, only macro and zoom.
I think both cameras are probably lousy above ISO 400. The fact that the LX2 might produce better results in the 16:9 aspect ratio is a plus. On the other hand I expect the G9 would probably produce slightly better results in the 4:3 aspect ratio.
I only use the 4:3 for what I do and I have a need to convert RAW files to .tiff files for book publication, for the printing company, on a project I am working on.
I own a Sony T30. I'm very happy with its compactness (internal zoom) and its macro modes, but I'm less happy with the unavoidable image smearing that results from its jpeg output and noise reduction. It has no RAW output.
Yes, for me, RAW is imperative as it converts to .tiff easily in PS. Compactness is not an issue for me, as I have a belt case for my G9 that I prefer to having anything
in one of my pockets.
I look forward to the day when we can get small, lightweight P&S cameras with negligible shutter lag, fast frame rates and large buffer to accommodate at least half a dozen RAW images before slowing down.
I am pretty happy with the way the camera is right now, really, but maybe the G10 will incorporate still more convenient features ...