I just bought a new camera and am so happy with it I'm wondering what took me so long to upgrade.
I've had a succession of point-and-shoot cameras since in the last ten years - but I've noticed for the last couple years that I don't take many pictures. And I don't take many pictures because all my pictures seem to look horrible. It's true that I can take good looking picture with my 6 megapixel point-and-shoot: of brightly lit non-moving scenes. But birthday pictures of small children running around in poorly lit rooms? Impossible - either too dark or too blurry or completely washed out by the direct and close flash.
Enter the DSLR. I do have a rudimentary understanding of aperture, shutter speed and ISO and understand that to get the most from my camera I'll have to learn more - but even on fully automatic I'm amazed by the superior light and detail. Compare two successive photos taken on full automatic of a room lit by a window - one from my A570 and one from my new Rebel T2i:
Do I have to say which came from the point-n-shoot and which came from the DSLR?
I'm looking forwards to enjoying taking photos again...