I’ve wanted a “point-and-shoot” camera for a while now. Back when I got my digital SLR (which I love—don’t get me wrong!), I gave the old Coolpix L3 to Lizzy—and darned if she doesn’t get some fantastic shots out of that thing. Frankly, was starting to feel jealous, since the Nikon D40 and its associated lenses are just too big and heavy to cart around all day; I really wanted a camera I could keep in my pocket at all times. So, I did some research and found that the Canon S95 is considered by many to be “the world’s best compact camera”: about the size of a deck of cards, the S95 features a fast (f/2) lens and vibration control for excellent low-light performance as well as full manual/programmable functionality via an ingenious array of dials and knobs. It also shoots HD video—in stereo! Naturally, I became consumed with desire and made my wishes loudly known to the powers that be. Well, Santa Claus came to our house a little early this year, bringing me this fabulous new toy. How exciting! I’m still figuring out how it all works, but, so far, it seems intuitively easy to use and the resulting images are pretty spectacular for such a small camera. I can’t wait to take it with me on my journeys out in the world! Thank you, Santa!