I already have a digital camera (Kodak DC290) but it's an older one and isn't that good for capturing sports shots. I'd really like to be able to get good shots at my son's soccer and basketbal games but I've found a few things with my camera that make it difficult to get the kinds of shots I want: - Very long shutter lag that makes it impossible to got a shot off while the action is happening. I have to anticipate 2-3 seconds in advance and focus at THAT spot, which rarely works. This is probably my biggest issue with this camera. - My camera only has limited manual controls and I can't get a shutter speed fast enough to give me good action shots. Faster motion usually blurs the shot. Also, without being able to do much in the way of adjustments I can't modify the aperture for low light situations (such as weddings or my son's school shows and indoor basketball games) and without a flash they're blurry as well. - 2MB resolution was hot stuff when I bought the camera, but not anymore. A lot of the shots I take are from a distance, so I'd like to have enough resolution to crop and blow up a picture in my photo editor (Photoshop Elements) and still have a clear picture in the end. Right now many come out grainy, even when I have the camera set to take uncompressed (TIFF) files. I'd like something with at least 5 MP. I've read conflicting reports on the value of RAW so if the camera has it OK, but I don't think it's a requirement. - I only have a 3X optical zoom. More would be better since I take a lot of shots from a distance (especially at soccer games). I'm kind of afraid the $1000+ price tag I've seen for dSLRs with a decent lens, but I suspect that may be the only way to get what I want. My top choice right now is probably a Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D. It seems to match up well against the others in it's price range plus it has image stabilization built in so I can buy less expensive lenses (ones that don't have IS in the lens). If I go with a high-end point and shoot it looks like the new Panasonic FZ30 is a great camera, but there seems to be concerns over the noise level and its ability to do low light shots. Any suggestions?