I have a larger Bogen carbon tripod with ball head but I was in a camera store the other day and spotted a very thin carbon Gitzo tripod and wondered if something like that would work well with the G9 or other tiny camera.
I often find I would love to have a tripod along with closeup work and scenics but usually I'm just out doing a walk around when this happens so not inclined to carry a tripod. If it was very, very light yet very, very good, for the small size of the camera then it might be worth it, maybe carry it somehow on a strap or from the waist I don't really know but I would want it to be of quality and I would want it to be solid at a height of at least 60 inches.
Any suggestions, think of it in terms if you were to take it on a trip through the Orient or maybe Europe but the G9 was your ownly camera and wanted to be able to lock it down and really get some soilid shots.
This may not be possible with existing tripods as they may not be taken seriously and only defined as "cheap" but not quality but I was thinking of Gitzo already makes something like this, then it might be worth looking at.