I have been playing around with my G5 for the past couple of weeks and it seems that my pictures are getting worse every day. I want to shoot JPEG as I don't want to do any post processing work for the time being, at least for my upcoming vacation shots. The issues I am having are soft images, out of focus, contrast too high, NR seems to be in every shot I take no matter how hard I try to get rid of it. AF- I am using AFS mode, one area (I drag the focus point to where I want on the rear LCD screen). I tried using face detection and also 23 area focal points, but my pics seem to be back focusing (focus on the background instead of the subject in the foreground I select). I tried different lenses, same issue with all of them. I will get maybe one out of 10 pics in focus. Contrast- I adjusted contrast set back to factory settings after experimenting. My pics are exposed for the brightest area, but black out the main subject (usually a person). It's as if the multi-pattern metering disregards anything less than 1/3 of the picture size. Most of my pics look either too dark or too light; most if not all show the main subject extremely dark whether it's an indoor or outdoor shot. NR- This is really starting to annoy me. My images look smeared; the hair on my subjects (no matter how close I shoot them) look smeared. I can't see the individual hairs. I know this camera is capable of capturing the hair detail as I was able to get two sharp/non-smeared images when I first purchased it. I read and re-read the instruction manual (seems like an instruction manual is needed to decipher the actual instruction manual), but no luck so far. I tried different lenses including manual focus Nikkor lenses, but the smeared, non-detailed shots are the same. I have tried shooting in A, P, S and even iA mode but the results are all the same. There has to be a shortcut to getting postcard-type pics that are sharp and well exposed without having to spend the next three years of my life trying to figure out this camera. I know there is always a learning curve for any camera you get, but this is ridiculous. I was really hoping to use the G5 for my upcoming vacation, but unfortunately I think it will have to stay home and I will have to take my old D200 with me instead. Even my old LX3 shots look sharper and better exposed straight out of the camera when compared to my G5! What settings work for you?