Man, I've had a DSLR for a few months and I'm already turning into a camera snob....I jest.... I was looking for something to replace my old Nikon S203 and did all the usual research....Oly XZ-1, Nikon P7000, Fuji X10/100, etc. I was about to get ready to pull the trigger on the Oly as it seemed to fit my needs best, but I ran across a deal on a very, very, slightly used G12 for $300. I couldn't pass it up.
My main thing was something smaller than the DSLR with no extended lens sticking out that wouldn't easily fit in a console, glovebox, briefcase, coat pocket, etc. I also wanted to shoot RAW. Again, not being a snob, just know my own abilities and I love the chance to correct EXP and WB after the fact.
Now, if I can just quit surfing all the accessories for this thing.