Last week, I saw Transsiberian with a friend of mine. One of the characters was an amateur photographer, but she had a relatively nice camera, I think. I don't really know enough about cameras to describe, but it wasn't the little digital camera that one carries around in a purse. It had a decent zoom, and it took clear pictures without a flash. It reminded me of the camera my mother's friend used to use, she was able to take very intimate, candid photos from far away. I have a cheap digital camera now, it's not very good. I can't take any photos without the flash without them being completely indiscernible and blurry. I would like to get a new camera, a better camera. And so I'm looking for advice on a good camera that somewhat fits the description of what I described before. A camera that takes good quality, clear photos, that can work without a flash. A decent zoom. I don't mind if it's larger. Portability really isn't a problem; I would rather lug around a camera that takes awesome photos, than one that fits in my pockets and never pleases me. What other things should I look for in a camera? Are there things I want that I don't really need? I'm not a photographer by any means, but I do enjoy it. I would be using the camera for personal use. As for the price, I don't mind spending a couple hundred dollars. I would really appreciate any advice, information or suggestions.