Hi all. I have a Canon Powershot 540 still which now starts failing and I'm wondering if I shouldn't get something that allows a bit more adjustment in the picture. I had a chance around 2 years back to play a bit with a large expensive Nikon and just alone the functionality to adjust the background shadow was mind blowing. But for the majority of pictures I would prefer a P+S system. The pictures I take mostly are nature (scenery and close up, currently I suffer badly in weaker light) and indoors (weaker light) and sometimes shorter videos of concerts at night (that is painful with the 540 for resolution, sound and picture quality). I've been snorkeling in some reefs and tried a watertight bag but it turned out all blue with blurry shapes of yellow and white and such ... so a plus would be if I can use the camera under water and have the option of a strong enough flash and lenses that can handle that. Some to get an idea what I point my camera at are here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1351936377859.44201.1814887851&type=3 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1611602349346.66143.1814887851&type=3 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1386702967002.47702.1814887851&type=3 Finance wise I'm pretty well off meanwhile so I am ok spending up to $600 or so and maybe some additional stuff later. What matters for me is the size (Can I take that with me in a pocket?) and a certain ruggedness (Can I take that with me while hiking and maybe having a bit dust there or snow and not constantly worry myself crazy about it breaking down the next minute?). The company doesn't matter much. Ideally I can use rechargeable or normal batteries that last LONG and are easy to get replacement for. I can be away sometimes for two weeks in other countries and sometimes it is not so easy to recharge and much worse if the battery is some ultra special version that you simply can't get in this country's little shop ... Zoom is important, the Canon 540 zoom is ok for me though. But a better macro function would be good, the Canon needs quite some distance to take sharp pics. That is what I can come up with at the moment. I was wondering if the four third micro cameras make sense for me, the Olympus PEN E-PL1 for example? Or is that too much? Thanks a lot for the advice!