I currently own a Nikon D70. I bought it thinking I was going to learn all about photography. Well, that hasn't happened yet. I end up using it on the auto settings all the time. However, even on the auto settings, it takes fantastic pictures. Even my amateur eyes notice a huge difference in quality between the D70 and my Canon PowerShot SD630. The problem is that the D70 is so big and heavy. I'm kind of reluctant to get another compact, because I've been spoiled by the image quality of the D70. And the quickness of the SLR is so nice. I'm overwhelmed by the choices. Basically, I want to find the camera with the best image quality that meets these criteria: - 4x or more optical zoom - less than $500 - rechargeable battery - smaller/lighter than D70 Again, image quality is main concern. I don't care about brand name or video or flip-out screens and crap. I take mostly travel/vacation-type of photos. Any suggestions? I'm starting to think maybe I should just get a lighter, more compact lens. Right now, I have a AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm lens. So I'd be open to suggestions on a lens, too.