Nice pictures paul13walnut5
It goes to show how these little camera's can go a long way. They may not be the end-all in image quality but if you use them carefully, great results can be had.
In fact this isn't the first 'experience' I have with going back to simpler technology - I used to own a Powershot A590IS that I used to good effect in Angola where I didn't dare take more expensive kit. I have 8 albums shot with this little camera, in Angola (mostly off-and near shore): http://www.mrsfotografie.nl/reizen/angola-2009
Unfortunately my A590IS had a nasty lens decentering defect halfway through the zoom range so I effectively had a gap in the zoom range that I had to shoot around.
Generally the Canon compacts have good color reproduction - this and the great controls makes me buy Canon compacts time and time again. The only camera that disappointed me in that sense was a Canon IXUS 500 HS that seemed promising but gave images with a horrible greenish color cast.