I figure this must be a problem for lots of people. I have owned four or five digital point-and-shoots over the past fifteen years. With each subsequent camera, I convince myself the quality will be much better. There is a honeymoon period where I'm really happy with the output, but then I start to notice how flat, noisy, and lifeless the images are. In fact, I think my dinky Panasonic DMC-FX150 from five years ago is actually much worse than the Canon ELPH camera I had back in college ten years ago. So, I hate looking for a new point-and-shoot. However, the Panasonic really is very bad (oh god, the noise!) and I ordered a replacement: the Sony RX100. By all accounts, it is a game changer amongst compacts. It has a large 1-inch sensor and f/1.8 Zeiss-branded lens. Reviews are calling it the best compact ever made, with near DSLR performance. Of course, I've heard that before. My one comfort is that this time around, I'll only be relying on my point-and-shoot as a companion for my 35mm film rangefinder. So, the images don't need to be the absolute best--just not terrible. Am I in for a disappointment nonetheless? We'll find out tomorrow.