I can tell you (hope nps don't mind lol) that he's getting married next year abroad and wants a decent camera to take some memorable pics while away for a few months. Once in a lifetime thing so doesn't want to be disappointed. Main things are doesn't want digi-zoom, has to be optical. Needs to have a good focussing system and good picture quality. The K-30 falls within his budget (just) and fulfils the criteria plus it's weather/dust sealed. Also it's there in case he picks the bug up and starts taking more pics - bonus being he has a decent camera instead of buying something cheaper and having to upgrade later. Anyway, thought I'd just throw that in. The K-30 isn't definite but wants opinions before taking the plunge.