I have just gotten into taking photos and videos in the last ~18 months. I currently own a Canon ELPH 300 HS. It is a quite a nice, tiny camera that takes nice stills in proper light and equally good video in 1080p. The reasons for me wanting to upgrade include: - Want more manual control (doesn't have to be full manual operations though) - Would like something that offers better IQ for stills - Would like a FAST autofocus - Mechanical/manual focus AND adjustable aperture would be awesome - Would like some zoom, but this is not mandatory like those listed above I have just learned about RAW shooting, unsure what that entirely entails...not sure if I would be able to fully take advantage of it. I have been researching superzooms like the Canon SX40 HS, interchangeables like the Canon 1 V1 and others of both types. (just so happens I can get either of those two for $299 right now, but open to the others). I take portrait photos and landscape photos when I am mountain biking, running, rock climbing and vacation shots including the caribbean, mountains, etc. BUDGET: I would like to stay around $400, BUT I am willing to spend upwards of $600.