Well I am new to the forum, howdy do.
Anyway, I have an Olympus E510 kit on the way from B & H.
In the interim I bought a Canon A710 IS point and shoot for a friend whose camera went on permanent fritz. We fired up the camera and took some pics. Consistent with DCR's 2006 review of this camera, it takes amazing pics in auto mode.
Attached or posted herein are some pics I took. The camera was on full auto and the only lighting was a single 200 watt incandescent bulb. I was SHOCKED at how little noise showed up in the pics. And I was especially pleased with the camera's shots in macro mode [on auto, with flash off.]