Ok - I really need some serious adivice/recommendations from all of you on here. Here's the scenario. My Mom is getting some money from my grandmother's estate and has said that once she figures out exactly how much she gets after taxes and what not she is planning on giving me a little bit of money. I don't know how much it will, so I am just going to use an undetermined figure here. Let's say, I get about $1500-$2000. If I get at least $1000 I want to upgrade to a better camera. I honestly don't know if I want to go up to a SLR or DSLR yet since I am still new, but would like something with plenty of options. It was suggested to me to buy the Canon PowerShot S5 IS camera since it is definitely a step up, but a little easier to use than a DSLR. What is your suggestion? Also, what accessories would you recommend getting? I hear a lot of you talking about filters, but I'm completely stupid when it comes to them. What kind of filter would I need to order? I love to shoot anything from still shots of people to motorcycle racing. I definitely need a good zoom to be able to get some of the close racing shots and will obviously need something with a fast shutter speed. If you don't feel comfortable recommending a specific brand/model, will you at least give me feedback on some of the minimum requirements the camera should have? (such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc) Thanks for your help and suggestions on this.