Specifically I am talking about the level of "grain" (I guess noise) that I am getting in certain shots. Its mostly prevelant on shots where these alot of solid color (like a sky photo), but I can also notice it on close-up shots. Im also finding that I have to use a post-photo program to increase the sharpness on shots to bring out the detail in most all my shots. What Im basically asking, is this a problem with all digital cameras (I dont really see that on these SLR/Non-film camera), or is it reduced the higher you go in the camera food chain. I am looking to upgrade my camera, however, an SLR or dSLR is (finanacially) just not an option at this time. I am also unable to "wait and save for a better camera"; as I need this camera for an upcoming vacation, and am going to need better shots than just "pointing and clicking". Heres a couple of pictures Im talking about (and its really only obvious when the photo is at its maximum resolution): http://img170.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img0278sm3.jpg http://img68.imageshack.us/img68/1765/img0318eq2.th.jpg Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.