Gosh... if I wasn't paying for this ridiculous school...
I'd get the Canon. I think the image clarity in the sample pictures speaks for itself. If you look at the comparison sample images, check out the rope in images DSC00005.JPG vs. IMG_0048.JPG and the palm leaves in images DSC09989.JPG vs. IMG_0034.JPG. Outstanding.
Although, I do agree that the Sony has nicer features. But for droppin a G, I'd rather tradeoff for some image quality.