Several months ago now, I purchased a Canon Powershot A510 for use in astronomy. I selected it because of its Manual mode which allows me to control most everything about the camera. Overall, I’ve been very happy with its astrophoto capabilities, as can be seen in my photo gallery.
I have since started using the Canon over my other camera, a 4.1 MP Sony, for regular everyday use. The color on the Canon is significantly better and that outweighs the resolution difference. The canon has really been an awesome camera, but I have noticed one problem with it that really bugs me. The red-eye reduction on it stinks. I have more pictures that have demon-eyes than I ever have. I never had a problem with the Sony in this area. Very frustrating!
That’ll just push me more and more toward the DSLR I really want 🙂