that's the camera i just upgraded from. it's not a bad camera by any means but much better suited for outdoor nature shots. feel free to pm me with any questions or concerns you may have with the cam. i should be able to help a bit.
no this isnt just a point and shoot it is just under the rebel. i have only had point and shoots before and after a few hours of playing around i still find i cant get real close up shots without getting real grainy. basicly i think the camera is smarter than the user