Now here is a very very basic question... (hi to everyone out there):blushing: I have been using conventional cameras all my life, but in the past month my ancient samurai x3.0 finally went into a coma and I decided finally to go digital. I regularly use my cell's camera which has a resolution of 1.3 MP and thats just strictly okay by me.I have done a couple of shoots for my friends which have turned out to be really interesting BECAUSE I use Photoshop extensively. I use Photoshop like anything. But x3.0 had 1/2 reel prints that meant no enlargements and very restricted Photoshop-editing. Anyways, back to my dilemma. I am really keen on getting a digital camera and since I don't really give up on my electronics, I think I will be stuck with it for a good decade, or 5 years if I am really lucky. I have been doing browsing for sometime and was pretty impressed by the product reviews of Canon Powershot A460, Canon Powershot A550 and Nikon Coolpix 8800, that is until I read their user reviews after which I got really confused. My technical knowledge about cameras has just expanded with the knowledge of resolutions. I want something less than USD 300, with excellent resolution, something like 7-8 MP, thats allows me to take perfect close-ups as well as panoramic views( I can compromise on the panoramic view). And I would like to have an SLR- to hold in my hands. I don't really like the ultra slim and compact cameras. Can anyone suggest the perfect camera for me? Please..I m going to pray real hard for you, that your images turn out even better then you expect them to, and all good things come along your way. Cheers! Roume.