I also agree.... My Sony F828 gives very good results for a non-DSLR. Certainly better than my Minolta 7i, Olympus 5050 and several others.
Until recently, my Minolta 7i was hard to beat as a Pro-consumer. That has now changed.
The battery charger issue in the UK is not a problem either.
Sony Battery Charger £22.64 direct from:-
Tel: 01257 262894.
It frees the camera of charging, is extremely portable and currently half the price of existing prices.
Further, the NP-FM50 batteries can also be found here, again at about half the price. Currently going for £22.30