when i bought my canon eos500n, the big reasons i bought it was because the buttons were much easier to use than the other brands (and within the price region i had they did multiple exposures which the equiv minolta, olympus, nikon didn't do. i really wanted a minolta as well).
I do admit its a pain to hold back the shutter button halfway to see things when it stops after a short amount of time of lighting up. and that the dial could be a bit easier to use for some more advanced functions but once you get the hang of it its not too bad. I dunno abotu other canon eos' though.