I'm a photojournalist in Skegness UK and I'm seriously considering whether I really need the Canon D10 SLR camera and additional zoom lenses that I use for my job. I've just bought a Canon A430 point and shoot camera. I originally bought it so that I would always have a camera with me. I'm now trying to work out what it can't do that the SLR can do. The only practical thing I can think of is that the zoom lens won't be as good, ie. as versatile, as the zoom lenses that I have for the SLR. But I can't prove this.. There might be a problem with shutter lag, ie. the processor might be slower to react than the processor on the SLR. It should be slower, because the point and shoot cost a lot less than the SLR. But the SLR is about two years old now. Two years is a long time in digital photography. Processors will have got faster in that time. For all I know, the processor on the point and shoot might be as fast as the processor on the SLR. The other thing that springs to mind is that it might cause an image problem. Not a photographic image problem but a public relations image problem. It will look pretty bad if show up for a photo shoot with a point and shoot instead of a professional SLR! I'll probably take the point and shoot everywhere I go, as planned, and take the SLR to photo shoots. But I'm pretty sure that I'll resent having to carry the extra weight around with me.