OK OK, so I am an utter noob to this forum but why not start off my getting advice from the pros about what to buy. I have been slaving away on numerous websites like dpreview and cnet for hours on end trying to find out the best camera to buy. I thought about the Canon 350d with the 18-55mm lense because of its much lauded picture quality. I also thought about the Samsung Pro815. BUT! The other day I thought it would really fun to develop my own photos so I thought about getting a standard SLR and getting an ultra-compact DigiCam. I thought it would add a more personal element to the whole process. But I guess essentially I have no clue about what I want to do. Is the fact that dSLRs are large annoy any of you guys? Can anyone recommend a camera other the the Pro815 and the 350d? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!