Pros Nice compact camera with a host of functions for the average user to play with.
Cons A bit on the pricey side, but if you plan on using this for a number of years, well worth the investment.
Summary Firstly, let me say that I am not a professional use photographer. My use is:
1) mostly home and personal
2) Being a digital retouching artist, I like to take amateur photos to use for retouching.
I have used this camera now for about 3 moths and I am really happy with it. My previous camera was a Sony DSCP72 model 3.2 mega pixel camera which I used for almost 3 years without any problems.
Now with a family and baby on the way, I felt it was necessary to get a new better camera for all those special moments and also to help me in my work on a very basic level.
There isn't much defference in the quality between 8 and 12 megapixels. However, if you are the sort who like to edit your images and have some room to crop it etc, 12 mega pixel is a good bet. I usually take pictures on 12 and if required crop of some areas and still have a fairly large sized shot good enough to print to fairly large sizes.
So far really happy with the camera and quality of images.