Amf they want a new one, so second hand although good value for money is not an option. Thanks for the suggestion though..
Just curious, you said that the Canon G7 doesnt have imagine stabilisation but the following site says (Click here)
6x optical zoom lens with optical Image Stabilizer and SR coating
Or is optical image stabilizer something different? Im confused
I think the major thing they have to decide is what size is acceptable.
I wouldn't be without a convenient little camera that can fit conveniently into a pocket and go anywhere with me. For those purposes, I love my little Canon Ixus 750, shown here with a leather case that cost $2.00 at a "cheap as chips" type store and fits it perfectly.
Now there are a lot of features I like about the G7, but it's a bit bigger and heavier and that sort of defeats the purpose for me. I like the idea of having a "proper" digital SLR AND a tiny "point and shoot". The little Canon is ideal for that.
However, if the slight increase in size to the G7 is OK for them, that's the way I'd go as it's undoubtably a better all-rounder (higher res, better optical zoom, accessories available including wide angle and telephoto lens converters, image stabilision etc etc)....but it's definitely less "pocketable"
Whichever way they go on the size/features compromise, I'd favour the Canon brand at present. My sister-in-law bought an Olympus recently to save a few $ and it seems very plasticky to me by comparison. The Canon software is also very good IMO.