Canon A70 Not as bad as some say
I joined group just to post the following 2 cents worth. Many users have complained of soft images or poor resolution with a Canon a70. At first I suffered through this until further investigation. The REAL problem is extremely minor camera shake--not poor resolution. The Canon A70 is pin sharp. The problem is that on the auto mode which most people use the a70 will in many, many cases set a camera speed lower than 1/60 of a second. I can hold the camera still at that speed , but I think many people can't--especially when they don't know it is set at that speed. Test if for yourself. Put the camera on a tripod and see what your pictures look like--pin sharp. Even in some of the semi-manual situations the speed will be set very slow and people coming to digital after using film are not used to the camera making such crucial settings so low.
BTW I think the digitized sound of a shutter opening and closing is worth the price on the Canons.