Guys, Short - convince me why DSLR is better and what to get Long - this is more for the missus hobby than my own but I take pics too (I think everyone does these days), I previously tried DSLR with a Nikon (not sure on model 3xxx?), a Canon 650D and a 7D (with some L series lenses) but these type of cameras don't seem to lend themselves well to point-and-shoot photographers. I was never happy with photos from these cameras, its hard to say why but they never grabbed me as good photos, where I find it much easier to grab a good photo with the p&s (we have a Sony HX60V) or even with the phone cameras. I don't really want to study photography so I can understand the hitty-gritty of aperture,exposure,shutter speed etc etc and the missus isn't a class room learner but shouldn't a DSLR out-photo a p&s on auto mode anyway? I'm not against DSLR, I just don't want to spend thousands to be disappointed again, so what can you suggest as a learner kit just to snap pics and enjoy? Since I have owned Nikon and Canon should I try a Sony? Is a 450D too old for a buy-and-try experiment? I like zoom lenses as I like the flexibility in framing shots (the HX60 has 30x optical) so I would be minimizing lens changes on the DSLR with a super zoom, I would prefer one multi purpose lens to a case of primes. it also seems like a very expensive exercise to get a big zoom in an SLR lens, its very cheap in a p&s, obviously the quality isn't there but it works for personal use (I'm not selling photos). Main photo types would be car shows (static), drags (need a zoom), scenery (garden and landscape) and holiday pics (probably mostly in the garden/architecture/landscape/view areas). People photos are mostly done by phone so this isnt a priority for the camera, it would be nice to take family gathering photos with the DSLR but this brings another lens type into the equation along with low light/indoor/flash conditions too. Hit me with your photographic goodness guys, stick with the phone/p&s combo or try DSLR again? Don't burn me, any help would be greatly appreciated.