I am new here, but not to Serious Compacts, nor to digital cameras as a whole! Been a photo-enthusiast since early teens (first SLR was a Mamiya and an Edixa thread mount), but changed from SLRs to compacts in the 80's: First were two Minox 35 full-format compacts, then, when those died of overuse, a few Konica Big Minis. But then I converted to digitals, via the excellent Konica KD-500 (and a few other compacts, like the Olympus C-8080 - excellent when used with a flash, rotten taking RAW, or shooting against the sun). The KD-500 has excellent colours, even to this day, if having lost a few pixels along the way. On New Years Eve, 2000, I switched to DSLRs, buying a K-X, for my forthcoming trip to Thailand, and my witfe's son's marriage there (He prefers the wamrth of Thailand to the cool of Sweden - wise guy!). My wife later that year bought an Olympus E-PL1, with a few lenses (including the superb Panasonic 20), and I bought a K-7, and eventually a K-5. The latter was the first DSLR that impressed my wife (being used to Leicas and Hasselblads) so much that she had her own within the end of that week! But then I returned to compacts, an Olympus XZ-1 for stills in low light (otherwise pretty much like my old KD-500, if higher resolution), and a Sony HX9V for video (both pretty superb in their own ways, but giving not much manual control of video). So then the NEX-5N arrived and that I'll use manually with Pentax lenses, and automatic, for video! The wife got very impressed, so she has her own already - the NEX-7 is cancelled in Europe for the next year, or so, so that first choice option is not available here!