Hi Folks, I have a Canon Powershot S2. It's on automatic most of the time as I use it mainly for my business. It produces good images and I have no complaints considering all the things it can do in one package. One thing that has me asking for your professional opinion is the manual setting option. I wanted to take a few snaps of the birds on my bird table, through the window glass, so I set it to manual, zoomed in and manually focussed. The manual focus is not very precise and the images were disappointing so I tried closing the aperture down as much as possible using manual overide hoping to get a good depth of field. I thought this would overcome the limited manual focussing adjustemnt on the camera. I was surprised that the depth of field hardly altered regardless of the aperture? Is this something to do with the compact digital system. I think I remember my film SLR cameras that, when stopped down, almost did away with the need to focus! Perhaps I need to get a digital SLR. Any advice would be most welcome.