I am looking to update my much dated sony digital camera. I am not very knowlegable when it comes to cameras and I will by basing my upcoming purchase solely on reviews and suggestions from others. I am basically looking for a good camera that is user friendly. The majority of the pics I take will be of my 1 year old son- so quick picture taking is a must. Being able to take some "at home" portraits of him would save a lot of money. Also, I am interested in slowly learning more about photography and would like a reasonably priced camera that will allow me to practice my novice skills. I have read several reviews on the Canon Rebel XS and XSI- would something like this be appropriate for my needs? Is there another camera comparable in price or better featured?? Again- I need one that I can learn to operate without to much trouble. * What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible. ---I would like to spend no more than $700. * What size camera are you looking for? Or does size not matter at all to you? ---I am looking for something fairly compact, but size isn't a big factor. * What optical zoom will you need? ---I would like a camera that has a higher grade zoom. * How important is “image quality” to you? ---Image quality is very important.. doesn't everyone want good image quality ?? * What will you generally use the camera for? ---As stated earlier, I am a new mom so most of my pictures will be of my son and other family members. I would also like to be able to shoot good images of things in nature ( trees, flowers, sunsets, etc.. ). Also, I want be shooting a lot of sporting events right now, but I do want the camera to be able to capture some light action. Are there particular brands you like or hate? ---I am open to any brand. Are there particular models you already have in mind? Canon Rebel XS Canon Rebel XSi Nikon D60 Thanks in advance for any and all advice!!