I had the pleasure a picking up a Canon 30D for work. Here are a few test shots of my favorite subjects. This is a real pleasure to use. The autofocus is extremely fast and accurate. This shot is taken without flash with a shutter spped of 1/80 and an apeture of f1.8 using a fixed Canon 50mm lense at ISO 400.
In this shot I focused on the subject in the distance and the camera responded immediately. Notice how my older son the foreground is out of focus, my younger son is in focus, and the background is blurred. This is impossible to do with a point and shoot as far as I can tell. My puny Canon Powershot A70 compact camera seems woefully inadequate now.