I am looking for a compact camera to cover all the bases. I currently have a Nikon Coolpix P50 and it just isn't cutting it anymore. The biggest issues I have with it is the extremely slow flash charge times and the flash hot spotting and messing up the exposure. I have had way too many bad pictures of my 4 year old playing with his cousins than I like, and I am ready to step up my game. In all honesty, the camera will most likely be used in an automatic mode 90% of the time. My main uses are going to be kids sports, indoor family gatherings (with high speed consecutive shots being important), and staged architectural/interior design pictures of rooms that my company has done (that is the big monkey wrench). I probably missed the boat on a few answers of the questionnaire or put conflicting requirements, so please educate me. Thank you, Pete Now on to the questionnaire: Budget I would like to stay around $500 but will go as high as $650 if it is needed. Size Compact SLR size. Bigger than point and shoot, yet small enough to fit a purse or sweatshirt pocket. Something along the lines of a Canon PowerShot G16. Features How many megapixels will suffice for you? I am not sure about megapixels. I want whatever I need for sharp pictures up to 8x10. * What optical zoom will you need? (None, Standard = 3x-4x, Ultrazoom = 10x-12x) Standard zoom will work for everything except for the interior room shots. I think I *MAY* need a fish-eye lens to capture the whole room in one shot. These type of pictures are going to be a hobby and something that I have a LOT of learning to figure out. * How important is “image quality” to you? (Rate using a scale of 1-10) Exposure (contrast, brightness, color saturation) is very important to me. Blowing a picture up to poster size without jaggies is not. Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? Eventually yes. Immediately no. General Usage * What will you generally use the camera for? Family gatherings indoors with kids running around (fast focus and flash charge is important). Pictures of houses. Both interior and exterior. The interior shots are to capture theater design, lighting accents, and interior design of living spaces. * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? No. Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? Yes. Especially low light photos of dedicated screening/theater rooms. Typically the lights are off or very low with an image projected on the screen. The goal is to capture design detail and lighting accents without washing out the projected image with too much ambient light. Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? Yes. Miscellaneous Are there particular brands you like or hate? No. Are there particular models you already have in mind? There are three that National Camera Exchange recommended (although I didn't talk to them about theater or interior design photos): Canon PowerShot G16 Olympus Stylus XZ2 Sony NEX-5t (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD): Wide Angle Built-In Flash (for convenience at family gatherings) Tripod Mount and possibly remote triggering or triggering via WIFI camera App Hotshoe/Accessory triggers for different flashes.