While I love the no-pressure worries of digital photography, I think it's safe to say I'll never become TOO immersed into the photography world. I just don't have the time or patience to master the finer touches.
Still, my geeky side loves to tinker with blinky objects that require batteries. So I finally took the time to setup a tripod to see if I could pull off a decent nighttime shot by manually adjusting some of the settings. At 10:00 at night (and at a nice balmy 28 degrees) I ran through a whole host of exposure and f-stop settings trying to find that perfect combination of brightness, definition and minimal noise.
Maybe this is just an area where you really reach the limits of the point-and-shoot camera with their smaller lenses and imaging systems. Just as likely, maybe it's just my minimal understanding of the world of f-stops and shutter controls. Either way, it seems I couldn't find that perfect sweet spot, at least for what I was hoping for anyway. Still, just mounting the camera on a tripod made for a much nicer image than some of my best handheld efforts in the past.
For family shots and other day-to-day photos our Canon S2 has served us well and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The movie mode alone is worth the price of admission, especially when you have kids.