I think I finally figured out why it is that dSLRs are actually beingt bough by people who will only use it for birthday party snapshooting. That reason is the shitty auto focus of the modern compact point and shoot. I was attending a family get together with my GF's family on Christmas, being the gear head I am I carted with me four 35mm SLRs, several lenses and a couple flashes and I also had my GF bring out her 35mm SLR. As it turned out the only people to get any pictures from the event where me and my GF. Everyone else who pulled out their camera...(well everyone else, I should say) was unable to opperate their cameras. This was not one camera or manufacturer, Fujifilm, Olyimpus, Kodak and a couple I did not recognize all failed saying the same thing, "Insufficient light", the things would not focus. Now before this turns into a BS "gear maters" discussion I want to say that Kate was using her AE-1 with my 155A speed light at 1/125 and I used on several ocations my EF with no flash at 1/30 and 1/60. My 35mm Yashica P&S will AF in those lighting conditions. Why is it that modern P&S AF can not? Is it that AF is the first casualty in cost cutting, or is it a ploy to get people to buy the more expencive equipment?