I have the following canon cameras Powershot g3 - The BEST Powershot s2 - So so, I have kept it. Love the fireworks mode SD1100 IS - Do not waste time+money on this one. (returned) Powershot G9 - Still not as good as G3 (Canon offered as replacement to G3 which broke after 6 yrs)
Still waiting for the gooder one
I am sure Nikon and Sony have other cutting edge models.