I need to ask it anyway. I've been shooting with my Fuji S7000 for almost 7 years now. I'm pretty versed in all it's quirks and I've experimented with every setting you can possibly use with this camera using every mode, ISO and aperture this camera can do. Some images come out somewhat focused and sharp, but they never come out 100% as I'd like ever, not even with a tripod. I think I can count on one hand the number of images I've gotten with this camera that I would consider truly sharp and focused enough. Now I know my camera is basically just a glorified point and shoot with some manual settings but is it possible the lens on this camera just isn't capable of taking a really crisp shot? I can get very near to it, sometimes, but it never quite makes it and it really frustrates me. Even my very best shots with that camera are just a bit softer focused particularly towards the center than I'd like. I got a chance to shoot with someone's camera, a DSLR, and at once I noticed a huge difference in the focus of my shots. They were far crisper and sharper than anything I have ever managed with my Fuji to date. I just loved using it but the experience really left me feeling a lot less happy with my Fuji than I had been over the years. For a point and shoot I always thought this camera wasn't too bad at all, but having shot with something else I am really beginning to wonder if this camera was worth the buy. I got the best camera I could at the time, but I just don't feel I'm really getting the quality of shot I'd like to get out of it. Up till I shot with the DSLR I thought it was probably just me. That the photographer wasn't quite up to the camera, maybe, but shooting with an old manual film SLR, the DSLR and realizing those shots are far crisper than anything I've ever taken on the Fuji. It's made me really rethink the Fuji. Is it even possible for a camera lens to be made to just be too soft? I mean you just cannot seemingly change it on this camera. No amount of changing aperture, iso, speed, image quality/sharpening settings, ever seems to make a real difference with this camera in terms of focus. I can do it with the camera fully in charge or in full manual mode and no matter how sharp the focus looks in the viewer it's always just a bit soft in the pictures themselves. Knowing I can take pics that are in much better focus on another camera has really made a huge difference in the way I see my older photos. I still love them for their content, and some of them I have managed to get almost as good as I'd like in the software darkroom, but the vast majority, they just seem very soft to me now, much more so than I'd like. Any thoughts? Is it possible that I am not imagining this? That this camera has a lens that is just not capable of truly crisp photography? FYI, I have also noticed this a bit in pics taken on later models of the same camera. Someone locally I know who has a later version of my camera was showing some of his shots to me the other day and I noticed his shots were soft focused just a little bit towards the center too. Otherwise they were excellent shots, but they were not as crisp as they could be. I asked him about it and he seemed unhappy with his model's focus a bit too. I've always heard such nice things about these Fuji's. For non DSLR's they're supposed to be pretty good if a bit noisy in some situations. But I've never quite gotten the quality of shot I want to get out of this camera and I just can't figure out why. I mean if I can take a really nice crisp shot with a DSLR then shouldn't it be possible to get one out of my Fuji too?