I was on my way up to Best Buy to pick up an inkjet cartridge when I remembered that they had a pretty good display of digicams that you could pick up and try...
I picked up and tried about 30 of them. The EVF (electronic viewfinder) is out. No way. It makes my neurons unhappy.
Most of the optical viewfinders were God awful. And the controls on some of them were downright idiotic (meaning I couldn't figure out how to turn a couple of them on, much less off).
Then I looked at the Canon A80. Again, I was surprised at how small it was. The viewfinder is okay, though better than a lot of the other optical viewfinders. Then I tried out the swivel LCD - I was surprised at how small it seemed to me, and fragile. I thought I'd break it off the first day. But the controls (coming from the Canon world) were pretty much where I expected them and the menu system was okay as well.
So then I tried the A75 ($250). Well, it had a few things I liked - the LCD on the back seem more durable. Everything else is the same as the A80 except the pixel count which is 3.1 MB. So - I bought it along with a card reader and a Flash Card (I wanted the II but they only had the I so I bought it just to be able to get going). And a battery charger.
They wanted to sell me insurance on it for four years. I don't think so. If it works out -- I doubt that I would use it for more than a year.
Don't expect any digital camera reviews here - just gripes and likes trickling out as I have the time. Gripe number 1 - the sales guy dropped it onto the counter.
Oh - and one other thing: it has black and white LCD mode (among other modes) which is something that I thought might be fun to play with.