I've been interested in photography for a while but never pursued it and now my girlfriend is expressing an interest in it as well so we are considering learning together. I read through the stickies, went to a few of the links that have camera reviews, and I used the search function too but I couldn't really find the kind of answers I was looking for. I'm looking for a camera that will offer a decent shot with the "auto" function but also offers pretty good manual controls. I am most interested in shooting Nature and then perhaps other still objects (cars, things around the house, etc.). Action shots will be pretty limited. I would prefer something with a good zoom as the cheap kodak P&S that I have is pretty limited and that's what I use for just quick shots of family and friends. Since a zoom is important to me (thinking nature shots still) I feel like I might need to buy a camera that supports lenses but I don't know which is why I'm asking. Does a 10-12x optical zoom really cover most needs? How far of a zoom do lenses tend to add? What steers me away from a camera that requires lenses is that I am not looking to invest a ton of money into this while I'm first starting out. I'm looking to spend no more than $375 if I can help it and I don't mind buying used at all. I've looked in the yardsale a little bit to get an idea for prices. In the past my point and shoots (one broke and one was stolen) have been Canon's and I liked them quite a bit but I am not entirely partial to any particular brand. I mostly want to buy something that has been/is used by people on this forum so if I have questions I can ask, and also because if you've used the camera you've obviously got first hand experience with it. Thanks for reading, I hope something comes from this thread and that hopefully in a few weeks I'll be out shooting and practicing.