Firstly forgive me for my lack of knowledge in photography but your responses will help me a lot, so thank you for that. I recently purchased a Canon Elph 300 and the quality is remarkable but I can't imagine anybody taking me seriously taking portrait shots with the Elph 300. so my question is pretty straight forward: How much better is a camera like the Canon 20D w 24-70L compared to the 300 HS? Can the image quality really be that much better? I know the 20D is a older camera but I'm on a budget and heard its a great setup for starters. I went out with a friend that had a SLR camera and I was constantly shooting better pics with the 300. What I want to do: -Portraits -Close up shots with blurred background Again, after your done laughing at my post , I'd appreciate your insight to my question. Thx in advance.