After finally having a minute to relax on the couch, my cat Stinky curled up next to me. He is fond of the blanket I was using to keep warm. His proximity gave me the opportunity to try out he macro lens on the Canon G9. I was truly impressed with its clarity and sharp focus at less than one inch. In comparison on my Nikon D200 I use a Tamron 28-105mm Macro lens, its focus distance is over one foot. This camera continues to prove itself as a powerful pocket camera, it has changed the way I consider capturing imagery.