I have a Sony 717; like it. Kinda noisy at ISO 400-800, but considering the camera's capabilities, I deal with it. I bought a Canon G5; it was noticeably noisier at ISO 400 than the 717 is at 800, so I returned it. I saw a mention that the downside of putting more pixels (8M now!) on a given-size chip is increased noise. Is this true? And if it is, aren't there others who would rather have less noisy images at ISO 800 than an extra couple of MP (for instance, 6MP instead of 8)? Granted, consumers like high pixel counts, but it seems to me that would be more of factor in the <$500 market than in the $1000 market, where presumably buyers take other factors into consideration. (Btw, I know about Neatimage and other NR programs; I'd like an image that's more noise-free BEFORE post-processing.) Thanks for any light you can shed on this subject.