one thing to note is, whatever "super image processing" the camera can do, the PC can do better.
I am sure neatimage, noise ninja can do a better job. Thus I never really cared about how "good" the noise reduction is on camera because I rather do it myself. (I don't shoot a lot of high ISO shots anyway)
anyway was the first picture you posted cropped or is the second picture you posted not 100% crop.
If I'm not wrong, 35-420mm is an equavilent in 35mm format. As for the info of 28mm was the info I got from the sites which I uploaded the photo. Flickr, Sony ImageStation and Webshots all showed it was shot at 28mm :dunno: .