Hi Red Dawn,
Personally, I have indeed "tried" a Minolta Dimage 7, or more like fiddled around with it at their showroom at Funan, and undeniably, there are a good many positively progressive features & abilities imbued into a compact shiny silver body - yes, great that ISO can be selected at a drop of a hat.
But I do note that these DCs don't really have a wide range of interchangeable lenses, and, it's focal lengths are strange indeed. I don't suppose I can come by one with a possibility of fitting in a 500 to 800mm Tele lens ?? Or, say an average 20mm or 17mm landscaping tool ?
Nope, not seen any at all..... less of course, we consider and regard the idea of a Canon or Nikon with both digital and Film abilities ? ( ! ) Astronomical investment I'd say...
Guess I'm a negative & slide die-hard. I love accessories, tools, and fiddly things that comes with SLR usage. And, I am horrified of tiny high techy thingies - including handphones ; cell phones these days are so dern small I could hardly make out the buttons and numbers printed on them ! Confounded I am ! Don't manufacturers cater to the middle age anymore ??