There's nothing more expensive than the item you purchased INSTEAD of the item you really wanted.
"The question is is it worth an extra $100 to get the camera I want or should I accept one nearly as good in the Sony?"
Point of fact, if the extra $100 is going to the break the bank, you can't afford either one!
I am torn between a Sony P200 or Canon SD500. The feature comparison leads me towards the Canon SD500 but I am scared by the pricing. The Sony is at a $350 or so price now and the Canon's list price is $499. I am guessing that the street price will be around $450.
Picture quality wise the Canon may have an edge if the Canon S70 is representative. The question is is it worth an extra $100 to get the camera I want or should I accept one nearly as good in the Sony?
Any comments regarding Sony vs. Canon and the expectation of street pricing would be helpful.