Boy it must be getting old having all these newbes like me asking for camera buying advice. I'll try to keep it concise. WHAT I SHOOT: I mostly shoot art type stuff. Landscape, wide panoramic views, interesting and odd stuff, things that lend well to tweaking in photoshop. At the moment I don't see making money at it, but maybe down the road. WHAT I'VE GOT NOW: I'm shooting with a 5 meg Panny p & s that's 3+ years old WHAT I WANT: I want to move up to a better camera with more manual controls. CAMERA OPTIONS: Another p & s, like the Panny LX3K, which is 10.1 megs, has a remarkable sensor for a p & s, and many of the manual controls of a dSLR ($569) A Olympus E-620 - Is a 4/3rds camera. Sounds very user friendly, but has smaller sensor than dSLR, also has smaller body. Probably better photos than the p & s, but likely not as good as a better dSLR ($749) Nikon D5000 - Sounds like a good entry level dSLR. I'm concerned about the learning curve. I like the articulating display. Not too expensive. Same sensor as the D90, but lacks some important D90 features. ($989) Nikon D90 - Cat's ass, but probably big learning curve. Also big camera. Not great for carrying around everywhere. Intimidating to me. Expensive. But, it would be the best for growing into. ($1,349) FINAL THOUGHTS: I like the idea of being able to carry around a small camera that I can simply point and shoot whenever, but also get into manual settings when need be. But I also like the idea of something I can grow into without having to spend more money a year or two from now. I'm just starting out so the more camera I buy today, the bigger the learning curve. Also, something like a D90 costs a small fortune for someone like me, so that's a bit of a concern too. If I was 100% certain my new hobby wasn't just a passing fad, maybe I'd be more open to spending a lot now. WHAT DO YOU THINK?: I'm sure many of you have been in the same shoes at one time or another. What do you think? Any advice or comments are welcome.