Hi, First of all, thank you for providing such a useful resource. Thank you for your time. I've used a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 for quite some years now, and I'm ready to move to a new, better camera. I'm going on a trip in Portugal and Spain this summer, and I would be happy with an overall better camera. Please note that I'm quite a beginner, so I might be misusing some words, but here are my answers to the short questionnaire: Budget : 350-400$ CAD before sales tax. Can stretch A BIT . Size : I'm looking more on the compact spectrum, but I might be misinformed. It's alright if it doesn't fit in my pocket, as I can carry it around my waist (with a case) or in my backpack, but I prefer something not overly large, heavy or bulky as I would be carrying it around all day. How many megapixels will suffice for you? As long as it looks alright, I don't really care. I mean, my previous camera had 7.2 MPX and I never complained about it. What optical zoom will you need? My previous camera had a 3X zoom, and it satisfied my needs most of times, although I would sometimes have prefered a higher zoom. Let's say around 5X? How important is “image quality” to you? 9-10 Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)? That is something I absolutely want to learn. Sure, automated features can be quite handy when I have 20 s to take a photo before my SO pull my arms to get away, but I want to learn and use those manual exposure modes. I'm a physicist and I can handle the science behind it, so this is doubly interesting for me to learn those things. What will you generally use the camera for? General usage, definitely not pro or semi-pro usage. I'm going to Europe this summer and I want to take nice looking pictures. I also love to take picture while hiking in mountains too. I like to take pictures of friends, family, pets . I don't regularly take out my camera. Will you be making big prints of your photos or not? Nope, just small prints. Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? Yes. In bars, or in some buildings/castles/museum in Europe, which can often times be dark. Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos? No. Are there particular brands you like or hate? Not really. Are there particular models you already have in mind? No, I'm lost here. I feel like I don't know enough about the camera market to find the perfect match for me. Does DSLR requires me to bring around 20 lenses a day or does it come with an all-around good lens? Are they really that much more bulkier than compact cameras? What do I really need? AAARRGGHHH. Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) Well, a problem I had with my previous camera was that I was often limited by the small horizontal angle of my camera. So I guess I would want a wider angle. Can you help me please?