I'm not sure if this is where I should post this, but it seemed like the most appropriate place. I've been taking and editing pictures for several years. I've went through a few lower-end cameras and I feel I have established the basics. I try to learn and educate myself in photography as much as possible and I feel I'm ready to purchase more of a mid-ranged camera. I want something that is still simple to use but will still give me a high quality photograph. I am debating between a Point and Shoot and a DSLR. I am currently using a Sony Cybershot 6.0 megapixel camera, which I've had for three years. I use Photoshop Elelments for picture editing. Lately, I have had alot of request to do event photos, mostly for the people that I work with..weddings, birthdays..etc. I would love to get into this as a hobby, but I don't think my Sony is going to cut it. I plan on spending several hundred dollars on a new camera so I want to make sure that I am buying the right one for me! I don't need alot of fancy or technical equipment, just something simple that will produce great photos. I guess what I'm really looking for is a camera with good optical zoom, shutter speed and I prefer a battery pack to batteries! If anyone has any advice for me I would very much appreciate the feedback!