but then a lot of people don't see them as gimmicks, but as really useful features. It all depends on your point of view I suppose.
Your camera has been around for a couple of years now, and given the rate of development in the digital photography market that's quite a long time. New cameras like the HP Photosmart 850 have moved forward in terms of facilities - the HP can offer an aperture range of f2.8/f11.5
Digital photography is just one area of technology where enormous advances are still there to be made, and they will come. Unfortunately these cameras aren't cheap, compared to film cameras - although they perform a little better in the price comparison stakes when you factor out the cost of film and processing. There are bound to be performance penalties at any given price point, and it's not until you reach the heady heights of the likes of the Nikon D1X (at around £3500) that you realise just how far digital cameras have come already.