This is not intended to be a, "my camera is better than your camera" thing, but simply a data point for those looking for a camera to consider. One of the most common questions here is, "Which digital P&S should I consider?" In each case, there are many responses, usually a mix of directing to some other site with reviews, or testimonials from users that have good experiences with whatever camera they are using. I believe that for the most part, the actual output from most P&S cameras within a certain price range will be pretty close. Each has the same basic potential for quality, assuming that you don't try to exceed the use for the camera within its limitations. So it might be more valid to look more at the ergonomics, and how they work to allow you to get the most from the potential that the camera offers. Towards this end, I have arrived, not from reading reviews, but from actual use over a period of time, to the conclusion that I will not own a P&S camera that does not have a swing-out, tilting finder. I have been able to capture images using this facility on my Canon A-series cameras that would have been hit or miss with a standard finder. I have used film cameras for years and got pretty good at "blind" shots with my zone focused wide-angle lenses, although the results are usually a surprise when the film came back. I have also used TLRs and 35mm SLRs that allowed for the removal of the prism to view downward at waist level, which can be great for ground level shots or rudimentary candids of fairly static subjects. The swing-out LCD is many times better in my opinion. With a multi-angle finder, over the crowd shots are easy and precise. Tripod mounted self-portraits and group shots that you wish to appear in are simple to have perfectly composed. Ground level shots that would have required you to be lying on the ground are convenient. Unlike an SLR with the prism removed, you can waist-level view and compose vertical format shots with proper orientation in the LCD. In short, go out for a day with a camera that offers this feature, shoot the many subjects that this type of viewing screen allows and you will wonder how you lived without it. Minimally, go to a store that allows hands- on "playing" with the cameras, and see how it gives options that you may have not imagined. All things being equal, camera-to-camera, the swing-out finder (or lack of one) is the swing-vote or deal breaker for me. As it stands now, I will be a Canon user for a long time to come. Just shot this today as I followed a stray cat into a drainpipe. I put my A620 below ground level, swung the LCD up and composed. With an eye-level finder, I would have never laid on the wet ground to see what was in the pipe. That cat eats pretty good, check out the skull.