I currently own an Olympus Stylus 720 SW - it's shock and waterproof so it's a great camera to travel with and for everyday use. I am looking into picking up another camera that will produce better quality photos with some options for creativity. I should preface this by saying that I am a pure amateur photographer with zero SLR/DSLR experience. I have somewhat narrowed my search down to the Canon EOS Rebel XT and the Canon Powershot S5is. I'm looking for the camera to satisfy the following needs: - good picture quality - consistent picture results - features that will help improve my photos - something that I can grow with as I get into this hobby - budget: $500 USD/CAD I understand that the two cameras I've narrowed my search down to are not really comparable (DSLR vs. Megazoom) so I am hoping you can provide some advice on which type of camera would be better suited to me. I am completely open to suggestion (other brands, models, etc.). If there is anything else you need to know to better answer my question just ask. I appreciate your responses.