The Minolta G500 will be difficult to replace.
It was 5 meg and 3X optical zoom, with a good lens.
I assume you would like to upgrade just a bit since you are getting a new camera.
There are two cameras that you should investigate,
The Sony W50 and W70.
These two are just about the same size as the G500 but thinner. Picture quality is good.
Here is a link to their specifications as compared to the G500:
Had a Dimage G500 that just recently was broken. Really love the picture and ease of use. Now need to get something that is as good as or better with the same ease of use. If anything I would like it to be quicker between shots. Any suggestions?
thanks in advace.