I appreciate your values, but you don't mine. As I stated at the outset, I don't use a camera a lot, therefore I'm not into photography in the fashion that you are. All of the good things about this camera are what I want, but I also require reliability in product and warranty (also stated in the OP). It is beginning to look that a camera meeting my requirements don't exist that I can afford, so I don't know where I stand.
After viewing the short video attached to that review, demonstrating the error, I think you might be right about him, but I'm less sure about the rest of those types of reviews. I understand that the power is controlled at the lens, but if that power isn't turned on, then the LCD wouldn't be powered on either...would it?
edit: the guy who bought 4 units with lens error probably didn't read about how to turn the camera on. The power switch is the lens itself.