I concur. I have a Canon PowerShot S40 (a couple of years old) and I love it. A Friend of mine has a Sony with the Zeiss lens and loves it. I just don't like memory stick technology... too "betamax" for me. Sony has a track record for trying to force the world to do what they do... no luck yet. I think you have to share the technology to achieve that...
Sharing my opinion here...
BETAMAX vs. VHS, ATRAC vs. MP3, MiniDisc vs. CD-R, SACD vs. DVD-Audio, Digital8/Hi8 vs. MiniDV/VHS-C, MemoryStick vs. CompactFlash, xD, etc.
MiniDisc was a cool idea and I thought it had a chance to replace the floppy disk if sony played it's cards right.
HI8 was better than VHS-C, but MiniDV is king of the hill now.
ATRAC??? What the heck are they thinking??!!??
SACD - when it was conceived it was too expensive and too hard to find good music recorded on SACD unless the artist was licensed under SONY music.
I've had my share of Sony equipment in my life... still have a Hi8 HandyCam and an older MiniDisc recorder for recording live shows that I could sneak the little thing into. Also have one of their flat panels on my wife’s PC. I’ve personally had too many problems to put much faith in them. Perhaps as a single income family, I am just too critical of what I buy and research a little more than most would.
I think it's up to the consumer to go with what works for them, but IMO, Sony's track record makes it a gamble to own any of their products that use proprietary standards. Don't get me wrong, sometimes their stuff may have better quality (betamax sure was), but it's all about standardization and appealing to those that set them -- more power too them if they think they can beat that system on their own buy putting their product out there... because people are buying it. Just seems arrogant to me.