Im looking to upgrade my camera, but not really certain im quite ready to jump into the SLR world (for one Im not 100% certain photography is my thing yet, and dont want to spend thousands of dollars to find out). I currently have a Canon S2 and I like it, but I use it alot at work. I own my own business and it works perfect for things I need up there. So I was thinking of getting myself a new personal camera. Like I mention, the whole SLR thing is a little too complex I believe for me. Just seems like alot to take it. Not to mention all the different (and expensive) lenses. If I was trying to go pro, then no doubt. But Im just a dad who wants to take nice pics of the kids and occasional other things like birds in the backyard, cool places we go on vacation, occasional red bard in a field, etc.. So I was briefly looking online at DPReview and noticed 2 cameras that caught my eye. Here are the side by side statistics of the 2 cameras. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/com...byside&cameras=canon_s5is,sony_dsch9&show=all so my question is this (since I still have alot to learn, im taking your word for it.. lol)... which of these cameras is a better option for me? I want something that I wont quickly outgrow, something that I could add filters and possibly even tele/wide angle lenses too one day... when I look at all the side by side statistics it looks pretty uneven and almost OBVIOUS the Sony is better. But Iv had a Canon and I trust the quality. Would love to hear additional feedback and suggestions... EDIT: after reading the review on the Sony, here are a couple things that popped out to me as flags. Like I said, I have alot to learn and not sure if this is a big deal or not... The biggest change over the previous H range is the new lens, which now covers an even more ambitious 15x zoom range. The good news is that Sony hasn't just stretched the long of the zoom; the wide end got wider too, the lens now covers an incredibly versatile 31-465mm equivalent range. The only downside of this focal length largesse is that the maximum aperture at the long end has dropped nearly two thirds of a stop (from F3.7 to F4.5). As with previous models Sony supplies a lens adaptor ring and a rather unwieldy bayonet-fit lens hood that adds considerably to the bulk of the camera but is essential for avoiding flare on bright days. If you like to use filters on the front of your lens be warned: the lens adapter has a huge - and decidedly non-standard - 74mm thread.