Kai Griffin , Apr 03, 2005; 06:27 p.m.
The top photograph is totally underexposed. How can you make any kind of comparison between two photographs taken with entirely different (and in the top case, incorrect) exposure settings? All you've proven this time is that whatever camera took that top picture has a lousy/broken metering program.
The bottom picture displays worse quality than my old plastic Canon Powershot 350 (circa 1997) might have taken, and certainly no better dynamic range. On this basis, I think you're absolutely right: SMaL amounts to nothing. Maybe now we'll hear the end of it from you?