I have purchased a Nikon AW100. I have never made a compact purchase before for the simple reason that I could not stand the shutter lag. The AW100 focusses really quickly and has virtually no shutter lag! You press the button and it takes a picture. I printed a perfectly lovely 12"x16" un-sharpened image straight out of the camera on my Epson 9900. If you hate shutter lag you will love this camera. Even if the camera is off you can turn it on and take a sharp picture in under 4 seconds! I could make a number of criticisms of the camera but the fact it focuses quickly and has virtually no shutter lag trumps them all.