So, POTN, how excited would you be if Canon announced a "Digital Canonet"? Like - as some have suggested - a "Poor Man's Leica" - in a manner of speaking.
I know that personally I would be all over that
Edit: I just wanted to expand on what was a meager post with not much explanation at all.
The Canonets were 35mm rangefinder compact cameras, with fixed focal length, fast-aperture lenses. Canon released a few different versions, and they were aimed at a 'middle' market - people who wanted light, quality rangefinders but were not willing to shell out for Leicas.
To clarify my original thread-starter - my question was and still is: If Canon announced a digital rangefinder with a fixed, fast-aperture lens, with a similar build and build-style to their 1960/70s Canonets (really compact and light), would or would you not shell out an appropriate amount of money for one of said digital rangefinder.
Canon may or may not have intended for the G-series cameras to be a replacement for their Canonets. If they did - then in my opinion they did not do a terribly good job. The small sensor is a killer, especially for high-ISO shots: A full-frame sensor on the proposed Digital Canonet is not necessary - and in fact may make it too expensive - IMO an APS-C sensor would be adequate. The G11 also has a relatively dim zoom lens compared to the Canonets, they had sharp and bright (<f/2.0) fixed focal length lenses.
TL;DR , what I'm essentially asking for is a digital rangefinder on the budget that looks, feels, and shoots like a Canonet.
The G11 is an excellent compact and will continue to serve many satisfied customers who are looking what it provides. However, it is not - in my opinion - a digital Canonet rangefinder, by any stretch of the imagination.