I will try to keep this as succinct as possible. I am looking for a new camera. I am not a photographer, but I want something better than a P&S. I am willing to put some money into a camera/lenses, but I don't want to just blindly buy something I know almost nothing about. I do have some interest in learning to take better photos, but I have very little artistic sense, so I have no illusions about becoming a professional photographer. My main concern is zoom capability. I take pictures frequently from a distance in various lighting conditions - kid's concerts, conventions, etc. I'd like a camera/lens that would allow me to get quality shots from a distance indoors and out. Secondary is general people/living being shots both indoors and out. Nothing fancy, just general snapshots of my kids, family, dogs, cats etc. Third is the ability for the camera to grow with my knowledge and ability. I'd rather have a camera with options I don't use yet. That way I can learn and improve. I'll do tons of research before I actually purchase, but I was hoping to get some opinions/ideas from people who know more than me to start with. Otherwise I'm just throwing darts in the dark. Thanks so much for your help.