Ah yes that would help. O.K I have the kit zoom but have borrowed a mate's
17mm to try out as i'm keen to buy it. I'm going to Melbourne for the weekend for a concert and plan on having a walk around town to take some photos.
Try using zone focusing for fast shooting and even hip shooting, for example
1. set to manual focus and manually focus 17mm to a 9 feet subject
2. set to aperture priority and choose f8
3. set ASA to auto
4. choose RAW
5. i sometimes select sequential shooting and use 0.5EV bracketing
Approximating everything from 7ft to 31ft should be in focus
In terms of hyperfocal, the native lenses are a bit of a pain since they don't tell you the focus distance anywhere (even my s90 does that, fercryinoutloud). So when I'm shooting with the 17, which is what I do 90% of outdoor street shooting with, I set the cam to f11, which gives me a hyperfocal distance of 5.7 feet. Being about 5' 11", I can just focus on the ground and know I'm pretty close to hyperfocal. That way, if I accidentally nudge the focus ring (waaaay too easy to do), I always have a ready point of reference to refocus (since the relationship between eye level and the ground is reasonably consistant).
The s90 is actually a better tool for hyperfocal shooting than the pens, unfortunately, because you can set the focus on a stated length and not have to worry about accidentally changing it.