I know what you mean, Lawdwaz. I don't think the shots above were taken from a pro. I've googled images taken from this camera and reviewed a ton of amateur photos - many of which are outstanding. But it's 2x the cost of the S100 or G12, so there's that, too. The Red Square pic with the snow is super cool, IMO.
From what I read the image quality on this camera is incredible, but it has a slow AF and is not the best for action shots.