One year ago, on the 24th of October 2009, I have been in the same forest as today. Last year I took pictures with my Nikon D90 and the 18-105mm. Since it is rather dark in the forest at this time of the year and the 18-105mm is no fast lens at all, I had to use very high ISO. I could have overcome this problem by using a tripod, but since a DSLR is rather heavy, the tripod needs to be heavy, too. This would have been too much weight I'd like to carry.
Today I have been there with my new Canon G12. After mounting the G12 on the Gorillapod I used ISO 80 all the time. I did not care about shutter times and set the aperture which was necessary to get everything sharp which I wanted to be sharp. Composing the picture was so much easier than it was last year. The technical quality of the G12 at ISO 80 is much better than the technical quality of the D90 at ISO 1600 and more. It just makes more fun taking photographs like that.
I am so delighted with my G12. Shooting with this camera just makes so much fun. I sold my Nikon D90 and since that I have missed its easy control over the exposure, ISO, white balance and some other things like bracketing. My pens and the S90 are fine cameras, but unfortunately each of them has its own frustrating limitations. Although the Canon G12 is only a compact, I have not felt any limitations today. Every important parameter can be controlled easily after assigning white balance to the shortcut button. And I love the swivel screen so much that I cannot imaging shooting without it after only one day of using it!