...I did spend the day with my new camera. I'm about halfway through the manual but got overloaded and had to take a break. So far so good. I did learn from my friend, Janet, who takes awesome photos that the Canon SX230 received the Gold Award as the top camera in its category (compact cameras) from dpreview.
Here are a few photos I took...untouched...
This is Isabella...trying to act like she's not interested in what I'm doing. This photo was taken about10 feet away and zoomed in partially. No flash...just natural lighting in my living room.
Another feature it has is night time shots when you don't use a tripod. It takes a succession of 3 shots and then merges them to get the best possible photo. Don't ask me how it knows what the best possible photo is but this one was taken in that mode and I thought was sort of nice... Again...no flash was used and I just held the camera in my hand.
Maybe I'll get just a few more pictures! :)