I went browsing the other forums, for example the "small digital camera" area...just to see what kind of pics those guys are getting. What I noticed was some great looking composition, color and even bokeh (IMHO) but IQ and focus was quite iffy. I then looked back at a bunch of pics I took with my Sony P&S and - not so bad but still an issue. Why would soft focus for example be such a problem with the smaller cameras? Is it just a matter of inferior AF?
Regardless, I gotta say, I'm SO HAPPY I went the DSLR+glass route (50D+24-105L). It's not quite as convenient as the P&S but...Wow!!