I spent $455 on a Kodak camera 3 years ago and at the time it was a pretty good camera. I can some good photos outdoors: I've shot two weddings...one for my dad and one for some friends... But indoor photos are hard and without an image stabilizer, I lose a LOT of shots. I want to step up, but I don't have anywhere near the money (or credit) to get a good dslr. I've looked at Nikon D40s and while I do like them, I can't afford the lenses and accessories that I'd need. Most local places that sell cameras have crappy customer service and half of them won't even let you take pictures with the camera in the store (it's usually turned off/no battery/attached with a tight chain). I've been looking at advanced point and shoot cameras because with four kids, it's harder to stop and change lenses and set up tripods and all that and I can't afford separate cameras for family and hobby. I was considering maybe upgrading to a Kodak P712 with a 12X zoom and image stabilizer (about $450). You can still get accessories like extra lenses and a bounce flash, but you don't have to go broke to get started. I'd like to do more weddings/ Quinceañeras and do more nature shoots. I have a crazy dream of finding all the abandoned houses and buildings I can find and shooting them. Something about old abandoned buildings with broken or missing windows or covered with overgrown with weeds fascinates me. I won't offer to do weddings or anythig until I have a camera I feel comfortable with, but I don't know if I really have to have the whole kit and caboodle just yet. So for my needs (and very limited budget)...family outings, kids' portraits, nature hikes and occassional special events...would upgrading to a better Advanced P&S be worth it or should I forget it until I can afford a DSLR?