Because the A710 tends to slight overexposure I also set exposure compensation to -1/3.
kassandro, I just tried your advice to justify for myself once more- the exposure compensation takes no action at all, if the camera has the Flash fired (the Flash is in On or Auto position). My 2 test shots with exposure compensation set to -2 and to +2showed exactly the same settings in EXIF, the histogram was the same, as were the pictures. So the exp. compensation works only when shooting with Flash off. But most of the time you have to use Flash when shooting indoors with only ambient light- when I switch the flash off, the camera's exposure meter forces the shutter to 0"4, which is low even with IS on.