The reviews are not doing a fair comparison
Personnally I really like the camera. It has been one of the best cameras I have owned. Its fast, does well in low light, takes detailed pictures.
The problem I believe is that the reviewers are looking at it as a 12MP camera. It definately has a lot of noise if you try to look at it from that view. But it is actually a 6MP camera. If you take the images at 12MP Fine and then look at them as 6MP images, they are very good. They print very clearly and look good on the monitor. I have owned mine for a few weeks now and it has been a great choice for me.
One downside however, I happened to get one from Dell that was produced before December so it has the battery drain problem. Dell is replacing it and said they new of the issue and it shouldn't have been shipped out to me. I will be ordering another one.