Well my short list is now down to 2 cameras The Minolta A1 and the Sony DSC-F828. Both take CF cards (I have lost of these already), both support an external flash, both appear to take very good pictures. The Sony is about £100 more though. The 5mp of the Monolta is more than enough. Both cameras get great reviews. So thoughts and comments please before I shell out between £500 and £600 on a new digicam.