Hello everyone, I've been looking to upgrade to a DSLR/hybrid. I currently own a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 which is point and shoot, valued at the moment at $99 used, up to $199 new. <-- What I would be upgrading from. I'm currently on a cruise, so buying a camera here would be tax/duty free, and I am considering the Nikon 1 J1 but I would like to know if it would be a good value, and am very open to suggestions for better cameras: Budget: ~$600, up to ~$750 if the camera is insanely good for the price. Size: Relatively small, mostly because I expect the bigger SLR's to cost a lot more than my budget. Features: Megapixels: At least 10 to 12. Optical zoom: As much as possible. Image quality: 10. Exposure modes: Yes. General Usage: Use: Mostly for use on cruise adventures, so both for close ups of family as well as for long-range scenic photos (hence the "as much as possible" for optical zoom.) Big prints: Sometimes, about 8x11's mostly. Indoor/low light vs. sports/action: A good amount of low light, not too much fast-motion photos, but I would prefer no blurriness for slight movements when I pull the trigger. Misc: No preference in branding. Models in mind: Nikon 1 J1, priced around $340 here on the ship which is the same as on Amazon, however, the ship is selling the 30-110mm VR1 NIKKOR lens for $240, while Amazon sells the $580 package for $496. If this package ends up being recommended at $496, I would try to get a pricematch here on the ship (to avoid shipping and tax.) Special features: Not necessary, but would definitely be a plus to have any, if not all (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) Also questions concerning the Nikon 1 J1: 1. I noted that the J1 cannot mount an external flash, but has a built-in one...Is this flash up to par? Is it good enough for my intended usage? 2. I'm rather new to some aspects of photography, but I've read that increasing the ISO also increases the graininess of the picture, so recommended levels are around 400... how high can I increase the ISO on the J1 (or on any recommended camera) before the image becomes grainy? 3. We've all had those moments where you shoot a person with a window behind them, and the image comes out with the person completely dark or the window turns into a large bright light.. Is there a camera in my budget that is able to compensate for such lighting conditions? I remember a video from CorridorDigital (on Youtube) where they highlighted the fact that their RED Scarlet could shoot in such lighting conditions and be able to preserve the image in both the bright light and in the dark. Obviously I cannot afford a RED camera, but am wondering if there are cheaper alternatives. This is a little long, but thanks in advance to those that took the time to read, reply, and help me (hopefully) purchase a new camera in the near future.