Hi Buzz, I wasn't trying to upset you, or anyone else for that matter. And like you said (lol), " How in the heck do we mere mortals really make a purchase choice on such heady, complex matters?" I own neither one of these cameras. I do own two super zooms, one panasonic and one canon. Both are good cameras, both also have their good and bad points. What I can say is that I like the colors coming from the canon. Still undecided on which would be the best choice for ME. By the time I decide they may have their next model out (lol).
Anyway just wanted to apologize if I ruffled your feathers.