A few years back my Father got an Olympus Stylus 300 Camera (3.2mp) for Christmas. Based on the fact that the camera has taken such great pictures, and that now I am ready for a digital camera of my own, I asked...for this Christmas...for the Stylus 1000 (10.0mp). I'm all excited about it because I have always been highly pleased with the quality that my Dad's 3.2mp can produce, so I am thinking that mine will be 3x as good as his. Well all I have to say is that the Stylus 1000 is almost as good as the Stylus 300, but nowhere near 3x better. I keep thinking that I must be doing something wrong as a 10mp camera should blow you away with outstanding quality, but it has "noise" (graininess or static) in the pictures in a way that my Dad's 3.2mp doesn't. Some things I wanted to mention (so more experienced forum readers can have better information) is that I went to the Olympus site and noticed that some of their Stylus models are referred to as "Digital" and some are not. After noticing that I checked my Dad's camera and it says: "Olympus Stylus 300 Digital", where mine says: "Olympus Stylus 1000", so I don't know if that could be a difference maker in that of itself. Something else I noticed (after looking in both manuals) is that in my Dad's camera (3.2mp) for the Image Sensor it reads as follows: 1/2.5 CCD. For my camera (10mp) it reads: 1/1.8 CCD. Being that 2.5 is larger than 1.8, is that what's making the difference? Then I went over to CNET.com to check their reviews (I really respect that site) and I saw that they give the Stylus 1000 a review of 6.8 which ranks as Good. I think I should have checked that site first because I am now in favor of returning my Stylus 1000 for the Canon PowerShot SD600 which ranks a 7.8 (Very Good) from CNET. Anyone have any suggestions as to why my Stylus 1000 doesn't seem to perform as well as my Dad's Stylus 300? Am I making a good alternate choice with the Canon PowerShot SD600? Thank you.