I’ve Said it Before, And I’ll Say It Again
If you think the situation for standalone cameras is bleak now, just wait until we get to the future! It is pretty obvious the smartphone cameras will improve at a much faster rate than standalone cameras, which are still locked into an older model of product development. Soon, it won’t be surprising to have everyday (not just high-end) phones with three to five lens modules that do everything from wide-angle photography to longer aperture telephotos from a single device. With software improvements coming in thick and fast, I expect this will be the new reality within 24 months.
I still have my Canon G9, but I've not used it in ages. Any time I feel the urge to take a photo these days, I reach for my phone or tablet.