I am seeking an alternative compact camera to my Fuji F300EXR. So far I am most impressed by the Canon G12. The ideal functions I am interested in are: 1. Full manual control including focusing. 2. Dial control for shutter, aperture, ISO etc without going into menus to find them. 3. 24 or 28mm wide angle lens capability. 4. Variangle LCD. 5. Optical viewfinder. I am open to other camera model suggestions apart from the G12. I would also like to know G12 owners opinions of this camera particularly on how good the manual mode is. Thanks.