Why should you spend money on a "fancy" camera, when you can take just as good pictures with a cheap camera? Well, I hope to answer that question. The first picture really sums it all up, for there is no way I could have gotten that shot with just any camera. Then let me back up a little. When my wife and I first ventured to Alaska, I still had my film camera, and she had just gotten a new digital camera, which I played with as well. The second and third pictures were taken with her little digital camera, which took admittedly nice pictures, but there was something missing - the quality was just not there. Later, when we went to Costa Rica, we had a couple of fine cameras, including my new digital SLR, and the quality difference was readily apparent (see the next four shots, not only the photographic quality, but the ability to take pictures in differing lighting conditions). When we went back to Alaska last year, we had two wonderful digital cameras, including a new non SLR, which took some really great shots, including the last one. So, at least to me, it was worth it.