I'm in the market for a decent camera - at least, from the perspective of someone totally new to photography. It can be purchased any day before the second week of July and will be used for travelling and family events. I figured, the longer I wait, the more chance of a bargain on this season's cameras or the chance to buy a better/newer camera released sometime between now and July. I plan on budgeting around £500 or so for it. I don't really mind what kind of camera it is, so long as it doesn't take a proper photographer to snap decent pictures with it. Of course, I'd like to humour myself by playing with some of the advanced features that are probably well over my head and I'm willing to learn. I currently use a Panasonic compact camera which is good. But with the purchase of an iPhone 5, it's practically redundant now (except the zoom which I never really use). I just want to take good pictures with real colours and clarity (whatever that means). Could you please provide some insight on suitable cameras for my needs: one that offers a balance between ease of use and advanced features to tickle my geeky side, one that won't advertise me as a paparazzi and isn't too ghastly looking.