It is always nice to hear reports from owners of a camera.
How about storing some of your better shots and posting a link so that we can see them.
Free photostorage sites like photobucket.com will let you store some photos and link to them.
Size isn't an issue for me since I'm used to Nikon F5's and Contax 645AF's. I find it very ergonomic in fact. That aside, 5mp vs. 7 or 8 isn't the only issue since 8mp in a digital compact produces very different images when compared to a top line 8mp digital slr. That becomes most obvious with 400 and 800 settings.
Bottom line: If you find your optimal white balance settings for different light conditions, your optimal f stops re same and for your subjects, you will love this camera. Its zoom combined with image stabilization is unequalled....repeat UNEQUALLED!!! If you are in a travel situation that precludes carrying the weight of a larger slr with separate lenses, you stick this in a small bag with two little backup batteries, with one half a gig memory card in the camera and another in the case, you are set for virtually any shot. Keep the iso setting at 100, use the stabilization and/or table top tripod and/or a counter, or a bridge rail, or anything else to stabilize the camera, and you can shoot at low speeds for optimal photos. I LOVE THIS CAMERA!!!!