Well, I realize that a good photographer will use the camera he/she has with him/her but sometimes the camera doesn't allow for certain experiments. I would like to do some bracketing, wildlife photography from afar (so as not to scare away whatever I take a photo of and still get that up close look) et cetera I had my first taste of it when the office I work in bought an Olympus E-520 but now do not get to use it as the person who runs the program that paid for the camera uses it exclusively. My current camera does not allow for it yet...perhaps there's a firmware upgrade or something for the AS3000IS [edit: there are NO firmware upgrades for this model]. Also, since I want to make short films, I'm going to want some video capability. I realize the "jello-effect" is prominent on these cameras due to the CMOS sensor which scans line by line as opposed to a CCD which scans a frame at a time. Since I don't have $4000 for that XL2 I want, I'm going to have to stay away from whip-panning and fast car scenes. One of these camera should suffice for my purposes. The only problem is what really is the difference between the three besides cost? BTW: Am I the only one in the world taking photos with this camera or something? I go to google to search for photos taken with the AS3000IS and the first search record is the thread I started here asking if anyone else uses this camera. Try it out: go to google and search for "AS3000IS photos"