Thanks for the post. I've read on some reviews that this model features an ultra-wide angle lens. Have you noticed the additional screen real-estate with your photos or is it negligible at best?
It's certainly nice to have and I can notice a significant difference compared to my old point and shoot (a 35mm). Canon claims 24mm equivalent focal length, which is pretty good for a camera of this size, although some other cameras do have similar capabilities. I'm not a professional photographer so I can't speak from that perspective, but it is nice in certain situations (like a crowded convention all) where you want to get a lot into a picture without being able to stand too far away. Seeing as how the lens is of course fixed, it's probably a good idea to get a fairly versatile one, and this one is. That said, a basic EF-S lens for an SLR will offer 18mm (I think that's adjusted for APS-C, again, I'm not a pro) so if you need really good wide angle capability, this is the wrong market segment.