I have the Dare and still love it *However* the one department it's always lacked in is its camera- specifically, very poor zoom and very poor flash technology. 3.2 megapixel wasn't bad until now with the Droid at 5 and Incredible coming out at 8! So why didn't LG come up to speed with its Android competitors? The other feature I wanted to really wanted to see get better is the audio portion of video-taking. The Dare's useless at concerts.
My wife has and Env3 with a 3mp camera and it takes better pictures than my Eris at 5mp. Megapixels are everything. If you want a wallpaper for your phone, a contact photo, maybe some quick uploads to facebook, than 3+ mp is more than sufficient. Anything over that just makes the file size bigger without really adding much quality. If you need quality pictures, its best to just stick with a digital camera.
Well I bet the flash is better as the Dare was only a single LED while the Ally will be dual LED. I also imagine the zoom function will be great as well if for no other reason than the processing power of the phone. I've seen some test photos taken from the Ally and they look good.
LG is trying to keep the price down. They want to provide an entry level android phone with a qwerty keyboard to verizon. (99$ after rebate) Its the only android phone that has a full qwerty for 100$ or less...