I am definitely a fan of the DSLR's, I purchased an Canon Rebel a few years back and the quality of the pictures are amazing, I only have purchased a few extra lenses for it as well, one of them was one of the zoom lenses so when I was at a Yankees game I was able to take better pictures. No matter what, for the money I spent, I have been able to get GREAT pictures. I think that Canon takes amazing pictures, although my friend has said that Nikon is a better way to go. But for a recreational use, with a little more features than just a typical point and shoot camera, I'd go with the DSLR. And to be totally honest, no matter what DSLR you get, if it's just for recreational use, you'll be happy. Just with the Canon I feel like you have more options to upgrade to better lenses.