Cool, thanks for the info Ek. My dad was pretty impressed with the quality of that close up on the PCB so he's going ahead and getting the A85, cheapest I found was $229.99, went through bizrate to find a trusted company. that bhpoto is also extremely trusted but is $10 more
EDIT: lol scratch that, decided to go with the bh and pay the $10 more because they have a lot more reviews, better rating, and a lot more specifications on the camera which makes us feel safer about purchasing from there.
Thanks for the suggestion Ek..if it sucks we're coming after your blood!