Hi all. I did some searching on these topics and I am still at a loss as to which direction I should consider. I thought it might be a good idea to let you know how I would use a DSLR. Maybe there is a "perfect" camera out there for my situation. I currently have a nice little P&S from Canon, the PowerShot SD400. It takes nice pictures, but last fall in Hawaii, my wife and I discovered is limitations. Although great for everyday use, it does not handle scenery well (distances with the digital zoom) nor does it really capture motion that well. We are planning a trip to Europe in Sept. Rome, Florence, Venice, Salzburg, Vienna. I would like to get something for that trip and beyond. Not withstanding the obvious needs for this trip, I also have two kids, 7 and 4 who are getting more and more in to things like soccer, baseball, dance etc. Here are my basic wants: 1. Simple use, similar to point and shoot, but with the ability to easily adjust to more complex modes for the action shots of sports dance etc. 2. something with rechargeable battery as I prefer to not carry around a bunch of additional batteries. 3. I would prefer something that uses SD media as I could then use it interchangeably with my P&S Canon. 4. built in flash (at this point in time, I don't think I will have the need for a separate flash) 5. I have read some about lenses. I would like something that I can get a normal lens (I think they are normally 18-25mm or so) and a decent telephoto lens (unless you have suggestions for something better) Also, I have read that cameras such as the D40x use lenses with motors in them which will speed up the AF time. I don't know that this is a must for a beginner or just an added expense that is better saved or spent elsewhere. 6. How much do the MP make a difference (other than the obvious)? My P&S is 5mp. Am I going to notice a big difference between 5 and 10? Is it worth spending the additional $$ for a greater number of pixels? Most likely, the largest we would print a photo is 8x10. I would like to stay in the $500 -$600 range. I have been keeping my eye on the Rebel series and I have heard a lot of good things about the D40 from Nikon. I really appreciate the help. Cameras to me have always been about something that you can toss in your pocket and go. I have never really put that much thought into it beyond that.