Fair comment. I have had mine for over a year. I take it with me most days on walks, but sometimes there isn't the variety to photograph. I had bought it to replace my smaller ixus whose display was in big trouble. I am delighted with its wonderful lens. Canon do seem to put excellent lenses in their digital cameras. As mentioned above, the on/off switch continues to be less of a problem because I occasionally used to switch off instead of pressing the shutter, so a bit of deliberate effort is a good thing. The wrist strap is useful and it is important to attach it, but I tend not to use it. I don't walk about much with it in my hand. I bought the very nice leather case, and immediately realised my mistake. I had no belt to attach it to. So I bought a neck case from Lowepro, with room for spare battery and spare memory card.
Although I rate Fuji film above all others for colour handling, my Canon digital is much better with colour than other digitals. It handles winter landscapes with far more subtlety and nuance than does my daughter's Fuji finepix. I can take the same scene in colour and in black and white and get the beautiful variation of colour, and it has a sepia setting too. I tend to try and master the basics first, then discover the features one by one. The superfine setting for pictures should be set from the beginning, and I try always to avoid flash, so disable it except when I specifically choose to use it. Some stately homes and museums will not allow photographs with flash as the light pollution bleaches colour out of old textiles and even wood. Also paint, so being able to disable flash is very important.
I sometimes use the close up feature as it seems more effective than my binoculars. Being able to picture a shy heron the other side of a lake can be quite an advantage. Medium close up is very useful too, though I have come to it late and use it with discretion. The camera should be a tool and being in the right place is better than all the technology in the world. If you use all the features, you reduce the work you can do with the computer. The trouble with birds is that they often fly in and out of your pictures. This camera makes the most of its ability to stabilise so a picture that another camera would blur is artistically undefined.