My S90 just arrived yesterday. I spent a couple hours going through all the capabilities, and here are the main points that led me to make the claim in this thread's title: - 10 MP: enough for enlargements, but not so big as to be super noisy at higher ISO sensitivity settings. - 28-105 equiv. zoom: A proper wide angle, and a short but useful telephoto - Full manual control capability with two programmable dials: It isn't always necessary to dig in menus - Lens is f/2.0 max. aperture at 28mm, and 4.9 at 105mm. It is optically stabilized. There is very little reason to use flash indoors. Hand-holding shots at 1/6 sec. shutter speeds is fine. - Shoots in RAW - For the Mac users, the RAW format is supported by iPhoto. I installed the Canon software, but haven't tried it yet. Here's the top deck. The middle button opens a quick button to program the function assigned to the dial around the lens. I leave it on exposure compensation: Here's the front view. The flash pops up from the left top side. Some folks will have to get used to not using the pinch hold if they're going to let the flash pop up automatically. You can also see the click-stopped control ring around the lens: Here's the rear view. The LCD is beautiful and is 3" diagonally. No optical viewfinder, but I don't miss it on a point & shoot. If you look closely, you can see the control ring around the main set of function buttons. This one rotates smoothly instead of having click stops. It can also be pushed down directionally. I have this ring programmed to change ISO sensitivity. There isn't a huge area in which to put my thumb, but it goes under the mode wheel easily enough, and I didn't find myself accidentally changing settings. Lastly, here's a sample shot of our dining room lamp. This was shot at ISO 400, 1/10 sec., f/4.9 (maximum) at full 105mm zoom. The lamp is not very bright, hehehe. I didn't even see the spider web until I took this pic. Yesterday night, I just ordered a Lowepro Apex 20 AW case for it from amazon. [ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000L45DRA/ref=oss_product]Amazon.com: Lowepro Apex 20 AW (Black): Camera & Photo[/ame] I also ordered two Lenmar brand spare batteries. Video fans will lament the lack of HD video capabilities, but that is a limitation of this camera's sensor. (the same sensor used by the Canon G11) The sensor is larger than the typical point & shoot's sensor, for less noise. I mentioned in an earlier post that I'm taking this to Europe next month instead of my SLR. I think it is going to work out very well. I'll add more to this as I go and use the camera more.