So I have a "crappy" digital camera. Canon Powershot S30. I don't know what white balance is, aperature settings, or any other techincal term you can think of dealing with cameras... That being said... I don't like my camera that much. It takes pictures just fine in my opinion but my biggest beef with it is the front cover. As seen in the picture below, the cover slides across the front... that is what retracts the lense. It's *very* touchy... often times while trying to take a picture it closes on me... that stinks. Another thing is the battery life is horrible. Maybe I just need a new battery but while I've had the current battery for a long time I haven't used it much. So I guess it's only two things but... I like to spend money too... So I'm wanting a new camera. Here's what I would like in a new camera. No sliding front cover! Uses standard batteries... I'd rather carry some cheap spares that I can pick up from a gas station than some rechargable battery that lasts an hour on a good day. Macro photography! If I got into photography at all I think this would be where I'd go. I really like being able to take pics of things close up. Of course "auto" mode... I almost always use auto mode because I don't know how to set the stuff manually. On occassion I'll use the mode that leaves the lense open longer... not sure what it's called and I'm surely making a real photographer cringe... But basically where you could take a picture of something moving fast and it's really blurry. I'll probably only be printing 4x6's max... I don't generally print any of my photos. Built in flash of course. I don't care about digital zoom. I figure if I want to digitally zoom I have a computer for that... but maybe I don't know what digital zoom is. Preferrably use CompactFlash as I already have cards for that. Don't care much about LCD size. I generally use the view-finder to take pictures as it saves on battery life and then review a bunch of shots via the LCD at once. I look to make sure that I have the subject(s) not that everything is perfect. I'll probably be taking most pictures outdoors during the day, on rare occassions indoors in lit areas, and if I get it before May I'll be taking day/night pictures in Las Vegas. Yeah it's probably a basic run-o-the-mill camera. I like the idea of having lenses but I don't really know too much about what they do... it's more the idea... I'm not bound to any brand of camera myself. Any ideas? I hear a lot about the Nikon D50 in these forums and looked at it the other day. I almost bought it but I'm pretty sure it would feel sad since it'd be on auto most of the time. *sigh* Now I know what it feels like when people ask me about computer hardware... embarassed but wanting to know!