The first two pictures were taken with a Canon DSLR EOS T2i camera, and the third one was shot with a compact P&S Canon PowerShot A720 IS. As you can see the quality of all three pictures is almost the same. That speaks highly of today’s cameras. You don’t have to pay a bundle to take good pictures. An inexpensive P&S camera will do just fine. Now, if you have deep pockets, then go ahead and buy the state-of-art gear, but remember that it’s not the gear that takes a good picture—it’s the person behind the camera. Good Day.