On the image below I cloned out one very small piece of flare on the sand, but that was it. I think I'm going to order a hood for this camera out of habit and good practice, but there was only one occasion on this very bright day where I saw a flare spot across the lens and had to shield it with my hand.The camera seems to handle into the light shots with ease and without flaring.
I liked the build as well. It felt nice in the hand. I'm currently trying to make a decision about whether I am prepared to sacrifice a good viewfinder for an excellent sensor, or go down the X10 path and have a great viewfinder with a not so good sensor (well the sensor is fine but compared to this... no comparison, really)Nic, you live in a beautiful place!!! Keep those photos coming.
I finally played with the G1X at a local shop. Nice build quality. Only thing I didn't like was the viewfinder.