I just sold my sony dsc-s85 that I had for ~4 years. It was nothing special compared to todays standards but I paid about $700 for it new. The reason I sold it is to get something else. I'd like to get into photography a bit more just as a hobby, nothing professional. My original plan was to spend less than 500 on a new camera. I've never considered a dslr but I see that some of the dslr's can be had for not much more. What is the main advantages of them? How steep is the learning curve? Keep in mind on my old sony I almost never took it out of auto mode, just never had the time. BTW I'm not a canon sackrider but before ever thinking of the dslr I thought about one of the canon sd series (450, 550, etc.) or the S2 IS. Would it be better just ot get somehting like that and hold out on the dslr? thanks for any input.