You'll be surprised by how many clicks you'll make. I'm very much a hobbyist, but I've been known to take a few hundred photos at my kids' wrestling matches, soccer games, football or baseball games. It's also very easy to take 1000 photos or more while on vacation if you go somewhere neat. I've been to Alaska twice and think I took over 2000 photos the first time there in 5 or 6 days. All that said, I think you've gotten some good advice and don't think you need to break the bank to take decent photos. I had a Canon 20D that I got for a little bit of nothing and with decent glass it took outstanding photos, wish I still had that camera.