This is just my 2nd thread and sorry if I am posting in wrong forum or if the questions are silly. I am just an amateur photographer, not at all an expert. But I like taking pictures. In the past I have used Minolta SLR with film. The results were very good. However got tired of carrying the camera and spare lens so shifted to compact digital camera in 2004. Since then have used Sony DSC P100, Canon Powershot 640 and now Canon Powershot 720. I like the Canon cameras as they have manual controls. The colors also seem natural unlike Sony, which seemed artificially rich. Now I want to buy a DSLR or Fixed Lens Camera with a large diameter lens and high Zoom. A DSLR may be too heavy and bulky to carry around but I am not sure if the fixed lens camera will give similar results. Can I have some suggestions? Which manufacturer to select from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic? Or any other??