Greetings, all, I'm considering buying a new camera. I have read the links posted here, and old threads, for advice. I am still a bit confused, so I am hoping that you could give me some input. Who I am/what I want to shoot: I'm someone who likes to take pictures of family, pets, and sites when I travel. That said, I really want to take *good* pictures of all of the above, and I enjoy challenging myself with a camera. I therefore want to get a camera with a bit more power than I have now, so I can control the options a bit more and learn more about what I'm doing. I have currently an old Nikon Coolpix S550 which I, frankly, hate. It's small, but it doesn't react quickly, so you miss shots. It also seems to flatten the color out of images, so the photos are dull. I've been thinking I would like a camera that sits below the DSLR range, as I thought it silly to go get a pro camera when I'm very much an amateur. (Plus, of course, I want to be able to take the camera around when I travel.) I'm thinking of around $500, although I could go up a little if I felt the value was there. So: 1.) I've read threads here where people advised posters to just go for an entry level DSLR, instead of a bridge camera. (Bridge, in case I'm using the term incorrectly, means to me a camera meant to be more powerful/flexible than a point-and-shoot, but less powerful than the DSLR.) Would that still be your advice, and if so, which would you recommend? 2.) In all of the Snapshort comparisons I've run, Snapshort favors the Canon S100 Powershot. Does that make sense to you? This one seems to have a weaker zoom (5), though, so I want to ask--is that sufficient? (http://snapsort.com/cameras/Canon-S100) 3.) What would you do if you were me? I would appreciate any specific suggestions. I've been to the local store with the most digital cameras, but the sales people there do not know the equipment as photographers would. Thanks for any input you can provide!