I hope it's OK to post this question in general discussion. If not, feel free to move it. :smile: My mom will be traveling to Nepal and Thailand at the end of August. She knows nothing about photography. She has an old P&S and I'm afraid she'll come home with pictures that are very disappointing. This is a once in a lifetime chance for her, so I want her to have wonderful memories. She needs something compact, easy to learn and inexpensive (because I will be buying it for her :tongue . I know there are some really great P&S cameras out there now and many are available with a lot of zoom. But I can't help wondering if she will get better pictures with a dSLR even if she doesn't have much experience with it. I would probably get her the 18-135 to go with the D40 and possibly the SB-400. She's the type who would rather use flash than bother changing lenses, so the ability to AF a low light prime is not a concern. I do plan to teach her how to use the camera so that she isn't stuck in auto and will encourage her to shoot RAW so that I can pp the pics when she comes home. So, do you think it will be worth the extra money to get her a D40 over a super zoom, high end P&S? If you think a P&S would be better in this instance, which one would you recommend? Any opinions/advice are greatly appreciated!