OK so its my birthday next week and my parents are getting a new camera, they were on about getting me a new DSLR because when we go on holidays Im always fiddling around with a mid-low range compact camera, complaining about the results etc. I have recently purchased various photography books and have enrolled to take a part time photography course, I enjoy it as a hobby and would like to take it to the next step. At first I was talking down the idea of a DSLR because of portabilty. Many of my shots are while I am just randomly out and about and a large selection of them come from vacations, I like the idea of just taking a compact camera out of my pocket getting some shots andputting it away. However if I am going to take it seriously I dont want a compact that not be able to cut it for me. I am currently leaning towards a top of the range compact, that has good image quality good quality low light shots (Finepix F30 zoom?), this way I can get some nice shots while keeping it easier to carry around and take snaps as opposed to getting a DSLR that could be too much for me in the begining and maybe losing my love for photography. My needs are good image quality and good low lighting ability. I use photoshop to touch up my images, will a RAW capable camera suit me better for after shoot editing? Thanks alot for your time, any recomendations will be greatly apreciated.