Quite new to all this, so forgive any apparent ignorance.

I want to move on from simple point and shoot cameras and quite fancy the G12. Reasons being:

1. View finder - I find screen only pain in bright light
2. Flash gun shoe - Will be wanting extra/better flash for low light indoor work (stage performances etc)
3. Raw - want to be able to be a bit more creative
4. Reviews all seem great
5. Price - available for about 350
6. Canon reputation

With a budget of 300 - 400 is there anything else I should consider?