I consider myself a fairly advanced amateur photographer, though in some respects pro (since I've been paid for both photos and photo consulting). I've been an SLR guy since August 2005. I like the faster glass, the better construction, better features, etc. BUT ... sometimes I really wish I had just a decent P&S. Case-in-point is this coming Sunday. I'm headed to Flagstaff (AZ) for a conference that will include a few side trips, including a 3-km, 3-hour hike with the USGS (US Geologic Survey) and other conference-goers around the rim of Meteor Crater. It's going to be hot, the hike is not easy, and there are usually severe wind gusts. I really don't want to lug around 15 lbs of photography equipment along with my water bottle. It'd be so much nicer just to be able to pull a ~5oz camera out of my pocket and snap some shots than worry about putting together an SLR and taking the shots and putting it back in a case and then lugging it around for the next few hours. Do any of you folks feel the same way? Have you actually done it and just gone out and bought a P&S for situations like this?