I used both cameras in the past year. Last year, I took my G7 for a\nDragon boat race held locally. It took great photos. This year, I used\nthe FZ18 instead. I have to admit that the FZ18 is a better camera\nthan the G7. This is my personal opinion based on the quality of\npictures that came up, as well as the power of the zoom lens. I must\nadmit that the Leica lens perhaps is the one that made the difference.\nI also did took photos of the full moon using both cameras last fall.\nAgain, photos which were taken using the FZ18 were superior to the\nones taken from my G7.\nFor consolation, I do like the color swap and color accents features\nof the G7. In addition, the G7 is built more like a tank than the\nFZ18. Finally, G7 is also smaller and snug better in my pocket than\nthe FZ18.\nThis is my just a personal opinion after taking approx. 2000 photos\nfrom each cameras in the past year. I could not believe it myself, but\nthat's the number of photos that were fired in the past year. I recall\na week trip in the wilderness took almost 1000 photos alone. Both\ncameras are doing well, in terms of the wear and tear (on and off all\nthe time).