Well I'm more of a beginner photographer and all I have now is a Sony Cybershot 6.0 megapixels and 12x optical zoom. Yes, i would like a digital camera and the pictures I would be taking vary because on my own time I like to take pictures of sporting activities and I also take pictures at family events too. But I also take a photography course in school which requires me to take pictures of tons of things. My budget isn't particularly high. Maybe $1000 plus or minus a little. So what do you think is my best bet?