compact digital vs. SLR

If you budget allows and you do not mind the bulk, go for the SLR. What you see is what you get. If it has through the lense meters, even better. If you just want a small inexpensive camera to put in your pocket for casual shots, get a good digital compact. They have come a long way. I have had a problem with Kodaks. The lense cover sticks. I have a nikon cool pix that has a light and speed problem and sometimes takes blurred pictures. Be sure to check the shots in the LCD.