Years ago I had a Nikon 35 mm camera that took outstanding pictures. I now have a Canon A510 point and shoot that I'm looking to upgrade from. Specifically, I want a camera that: 1) Takes higher quality pictures without needing to spend 20 minutes changing settings every time I want to take pictures. 2) Is at least somewhat faster than the A510. 3) Has an optical viewfinder. 4) Total cost under $1000. I don't need video, HDMI outputs, GPS, etc. About picture quality...I don't recall tweaking much at all on the Nikon. While I don't know a whole lot about photography now, I knew even less then. It took great pictures with minimal effort... better than my A510 which I find often doesn't take sharp enough pictures and the colors even after playing with the settings aren't really what I think they should be. I've been using Photoshop for a while now, but I want the pictures to be good enough that I don't need to move the adjust levels sliders etc. on everything. I'm not a professional photographer nor looking to switch careers. It's just something I like doing and want to take better pictures. I never shoot sports. Primarily people, but also things when I'm traveling, and occasionally the park near me. The ability to fit into my pocket really is not important because I have no problem carrying a case with a strap etc. I've been looking at the following: 1) Panasonic G1 or G2 [DMC-G1 12.1 mp is $455 at a camera place near me] 2) Canon G12 3) Nikon D3100 4) Canon Digital Rebel 5) Leica X1 which I realize is twice the budget I just mentioned, but it looks pretty cool. Do you think this is worth stretching the budget over? I really don't want to spend more than $1000 but I would if the picture quality can justify that. Wouldn't really stretch the budget for another camera, though. I love the design of it, too. Also not looking to buy used. Any suggestions on this? For my use, am I better off with a higher end point and shoot, a micro 4/3s system, or a digital SLR? Is there much benefit to a digital SLR over a high-end point and shoot if I'm likely to only ever use the kit lens? The D3100 comes with an 18-55mm VR lens for $600'ish.