After 5 years with my nice SLR-like P&S, I feel that it's time for a significant upgrade. I enjoy taking photos, and image quality is very important for me, but I wouldn't call my self a photography hobbyist. I take my camera to trips and vacations, and on those occasions, I'm willing to make the effort in order to get the best photos possible. I'm also not afraid to learn new things about the camera, I've spent a lot of time in the past with my current camera learning the basics of photography and mastering its vast manual controls. My dilemma is between another SLR-like P&S (i.e Panasonic FZ-35) and a entry-level DSLR. I'm willing to pay the extra $ required, but I also need the simplicity of a single lens super-zoom with at least P&S quality on auto settings. I think that my question is basically: Is there a DSLR + single lens combination that would give me the same or close to X18-X20 zoom of the P&S but also with the 24-27mm equivalent on the wide side, with IS on the lens/sensor, and all that for ~1200$? As a side note I'd like to say that reading my own post makes me want to write myself: "DSLR isn't for you, stay with P&S...", but the thing is that I see myself in the near future evolving with the hobby and taking it up a notch with special lenses and other accessories, but I also need that at any given time I could take it with me mounted with the single lens, and it would perform on auto settings better than any cheaper P&S. Thanks a lot for reading, is there anything like that available?