For a first camera...the G7 may be a little too much.
The G7 is a premium camera aimed at the advanced photographer.
To get your money's worth, you really should take a photography class first.
A less expensive version of the G7 is the Canon A710IS.
About $200 less.
I don't know if it has face detection.
The F31fd is the updated version of the F30.
I am not sure that it is in the stores yet.
There are no reviews of the F31fd, but I would expect it to perform as well as the F30. It should do well for a family with a new baby.
It does not have optical image stabilization, but with a 3X zoom you really don't need it.
I can't decide on which one I should get. Has anybody here used either one or even both that can recommend one over the other. This would be my first digital camera. We are expecting a baby so we mainly want it for that. I know both have face detection. The only thing i like about the G7 is the IS. Thanks.