Well i went down to the local Kits Camera and low and behold they had one on the shelf. I took it down and ran through all of the controls and switches to get an idea of what they all did then started taking some pictures. My Gripes: - No ability to view through the LCD while taking pictures. You MUST use the eye hole. - Plastic case felt like it was going to break if i squeezed it too hard - Camera buttons and other things felt less than the highest quality. - Zoom wasnt as good as i had hoped for. - Flash pops up and sounds like its going to spring off the thing and poke you in the eye. - Controls arent the easiest thing in the world to use. It would be something that you would have to definately break out the manual for. - You have to press the button down rather hard/low to take the picture... so low that i thought i had done something wrong a few times and lifted the camera to see what was wrong. - Delay from the press to the snap was slightly longer than that of my DSC-P92 digital The Goods - quick recoup time between pictures. you can take like 1 a second if you are snapping continualy... once it starts to load though you have to wait. - Light weight - Good quality on the lense... it feels really light but it is tight and precise. - Comfortable to the hand... was easy to hold for the whole time i was there. - Through the lense viewing so i know what im taking a pic of... - lots of modes to take pictures in all located convieniently by the shutter button. Overall: Overall i thought the camera felt cheap. It didnt have the feel of what i would think a $1000.00 camera would have. Truth be told it felt like my Sony was better built than the Canon. I was insecure that if it were to be hit swinging from my neck by anything, that it would break. The images were good and the focus and zoom were easy to use in both manual and auto modes (auto/manual focus, manual zoom). I liked the sports mode and the ability to take several pictures at a time before it loaded. The load time though was rather long between pictures once you took one especially if you used a flash. The macro mode wasnt that impressive but then again i didnt have a whole lot to take a picture of. All in all i stood there in Kits Camrea for about and hour and fifteen minutes and played with the camera. It was comfortable to hold the whole time (i think i set it down 1 time) and my arm or hand didnt get tired at all. The buttons are placed strangely for me, it just doesnt make sense where they stuck some of them. The viewer was pretty clear but it was more like looking at a regular computer monitor than an LCD. Cliff Notes: I wouldnt spend $1000.00 on the camera.