I'm looking to upgrade from my current camera, Coolpix P80. At the moment I am taking photos on a purely recreational basis. While I don't have a set budget per se, I would like to keep the purchase at under $1,000 CAD. I'm not too familiar with a lot of camera jargon, so I figured it would be best just to explain what I would be hoping to get out of a new one. - able to use different lenses (particularily a marco lens) - able to manually focus - able to adjust shutter speed to my hearts content (i.e. leave the lens open for longer than the roughly 5 seconds that my current camera allows) - an available non-button (remote/line?) trigger would be nice - preferably not filled with tons of useless features such as "party" settings I mostly take pictures of things up close - bugs, flower petals, etc., but have also attempted (rather unsuccessfully) to take lapsed movement shots of things such as streams and raindrops. I do also take the odd landscape photo, and attempt a few zoomed (no telephoto) shots of things such as birds. My current camera has a lot of recreational settings that I obviously paid for, but just never use. I would like to have full control over the pictures I take. I should also note that I am considering participating in local art shows in the future (not sure if that would affect your thoughts on the camera choice). If you have any questions about the features I have mentioned, or if there are other features I haven't thought of that you might think I should consider, please let me know. I did have one other question. What is(are) the fundamental difference(s) between a $1,000 camera, and a $3,000 camera?