Compact or SLR

Hi many years ago i was faced with the same problem you have at the moment. I chose to go for a digital SLR the best move i have made. I bought the canon 300D and have enjoyed every moment of it. i have since given this camera to a very special friend. I now own a 450D and a 40D digital SLR two very good cameras. All i can say is if you can afford to go with a digital SLR as you can change the lenses if you decide to buy extra lenses later. You will enjoy your purchase whatever you decide. David (from England)