Hi, I am new here, but don't think I'll be a stranger. I am looking into buying a camera to replace the point and shoot CoolPix we have. I am looking for a camera that takes beautiful pictures (of course), and can take pretty clear zoomed pictures as well. I have recently moved from New Orleans to Oregon and the wildlife and scenery are amazingly beautiful. I live approx 3 blocks from a mountain that I see from the front door, and would like a camera that would actually be able to see and take clear pictures of the deer and antelope on it. I do have a son who plays football and skate boards, so I'd also like it to take some decent motion pictures as well. I don't know anything about photography and I would have no clue about settings until I read the manual, and did some searching on the internet. I don't mind learning a little, but I don't want the camera to be so hard to operate, that I pull out the CoolPix to avoid the issue. Hopefully you can help. I am not looking to spend an exorbitant amount of money, but I do understand that this is an investment. I hope I'm not asking for too much. Any help will be greatly appreciated, and I apologize in advance for not being up to par on cameras and their functions.