i thought the HS system and the backlit CMOS was supposed to produce quality low light photos. i recommended the camera to a friend of mine, based on everything i have heard and read, but when he got it, the camera produced ALOT of noise in the images. even ISO100 images were very noisy. not sure if it was a defect, but it didnt seem right. he wound up exchanging for an S95, and is very happy.
i was just curious what other people experienced with the 300HS. it may have been a defective unit, but everything seemed to work just fine (noise aside)