I've been considering purchasing a dslr and had basically decided on it but then started to reconsider. I don't see myself being able to afford additional lenses, etc, in the near future and I'm not sure the camera with the kit lens would do what I want. So now I'm wondeirng if there's a compact camera that would work for me. Here's what I need: 1) Manual Controls This is the main reason I was going to get a dslr. My current compact has manual controls but they are limited. I get only two choices of aperture for any particular pic. This has been driving me up the wall. I've already realized what a difference being able to manually control the camera can make. Now I want as much control and freedom as I can have, and two aperture choices doesn't seem to be enough. The problem with specs is they say there's a manual mode, but don't tell me how limited that mode might be. I also think it would be good to have aperture and shutter priority modes. 2) At least a 4x optical zoom. This is what I currently have. I'd kind of like more (I like to take pics of animals and insects and some won't let me get as close as I'd like). It's also another reason I think I might be better served with an advanced compact instead of a dslr because I wouldn't be able to afford a second lens for a dslr and I'm not sure the 18-55mm kit lens would do it. I like being able to take pics like this: 3) A viewfinder. I noticed when camera shopping before that not all compacts have this, and it's too hard in certain kinds of light to go by a screen. 4) A sturdy body. I don't want a super compact camera. I hate trying to use those because they shake too much when I hold them. I need something that I can get a good grip on and hold steady. And I don't want it to break apart if it bumps into something. Stuff happens. I set my current camera down in a strong wind (yes, it was stupid) and it got tossed a few feet. It doesn't have a scratch. It'd be nice if my next camera was this sturdy. 5) Price range is below $400 Any recommendations? I was looking at the Panasonic Lumix. Has anyone used that one?