Ok, i am a complete beginner to photography. I have no desire to do it professionally, but i am a perfectionist and somewhat of an artist. I see images all around me, and i've wanted to buy a new camera that can truely capture what i see (in combination with RAW images for photoshop). However, as said, i am a COMPLETE beginner to photography. I know a few things, but not nearly enough to make an educated decision of a camera over 500$. So simply put, i am asking for some opinions for what camera i should buy, while matching some requirements. So.. here goes. 0.) Digital. 1.) Video Recording. Now i know you're probably thinking im nuts, but i have a reason. Basically its an addon. My in progress profession, is 3d Animation. I have been trying to find something that can record me doing various actions. However, being that i am somewhat broke, i cannot afford to buy a camcorder AND a good camera. So i'd like to combine them. Now the bigger the resolution the better, but for the most part, any video is better than no video. It will literally just be me acting out infront of it for personal animation reference. I'll be the only one who sees it. In the end, it is required, but the Camera Quality comes first. 2.) "Super Macro". Sorry for my ignorance, but i have been blinded by commercialism and stupid names. For the longest time i was aware of Macro. Every time i touch a camera in best buy its one of the first things i check. They all roughly seem the same too.. until i tried my brothers little 200$ thin camera. His "Super Macro" beats out most, if not all, of the 800$ Camera's Macro i've tried in stores. So now buying a camera without this "Super Macro" just feels whimpy to me. Its an amazing quality macro, and i would love to have it. Especially if i am forking out $1,000. 3.) Zoom Stability. I want lots of zoom, but for my uses, i will rarely be using a tripod. So i could ask for lots of optical zoom (thats all in the lens anyway right?), but without a way to steady my hand, its rather pointless. I've seen labels claiming new and fantastic stabilization, but i'll trust you guys to have already weeded through the BS, and hopefully know a camera that really does have good and true zoom stability? Well, its late, and i am tired, but i think thats roughly it. I could name optical zoom numbers, RAW Support, or megapixel's must haves, etc, but i think most of those are standard these days. In essence, you get what you pay for. My problem deciding is i have no idea what most of the 1,000$ would be paying for, and so often i hear professional photographers who throughly trust a brand name, because of one thing or another. So its that experience i am hoping to tap into. So hopefully this made sense. In the end, i simply have a budget, and i have a few newbie requirements, and i want your opinion on my options. Thank you very much for reading, and i apologize for any typos or sentences that don't make sense. Its late, and has been many sleepless nights lately, so im dying heh. Thanks!