A strange question I know but I can't work out whether my desire to buy my first DSLR is about playing with a gadget or about wanting to get into photography again after a very long absence. Let me explain, in the days before digital, As and modern cameras I owned a Minolta 300s 35mm film camera with IIRC a 28-80mm lens (plus any lens I could con out of my dad since his Minolta had the same mount). It stopped working so I went early digital, nikon cool pix with 3 or 4mp resolution. I later got a Samsung with a 5x zoom. When those failed I had already become a casual snapper. So bad that one family holiday (with young child) I took less than 8 photographs over 2 weeks. I now want to record family events and activities but would like to get into landscape (on family trips, commitments will limit photography to a secondary activity) and closeups of flowers, bugs, nature generally. Put simply being time starved any chances of photography will be around family life. On a family walk I'll have to be quick to take photographs is that photography? Is it worth buying the DSLR? I'd rather not get a compact camera and don't like bridge cameras. It's DSLR or nothing (unless you're pursuasive). BTW to give you an idea I'm looking at secondhand nikon (again the vain hope that I could borrow lenses from my dad's much better camera kit). Nothing special a D3100 I think. A basic kit zoom lense as well. In your opinion is it worth bothering with buying into a photography hobby with little money and time? PS what to buy is secondary as I'll just review other beginners posts on here.