Jessops are not entirely telling you the truth. A sub £400 SLR is better quality than the SX130 but it's less flexible.
However, you should find the Canon more than powerful enough for you as a newcomer to photography. Starting with a "bridge" camera like yours is usually the best way as it enables you to learn an enormous amount about how to take pictures and what sort of pictures you really like shooting.
That sort of knowledge is invaluable as and when you decide you want to upgrade to an SLR - without knowing that sort of thing, choosing and SLR is nigh on impossible.
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Thanks Chris, I'm really happy with it actually, spent some time around the city snapping away, had a good laugh and got some great b/w pics too.
Also set it up 1/400 shutter speed and got some crips high speed traffic shots too, so I think the camera will definitely be able to handle some fast action nature shots, birds in flight - which is what I'm after.
Still having some focusing issues, but I'm sure with practice that will improve of course.
Im going to the O2 on sunday to watch a gig and wonder if you have any advice on the best setup for concerts?
Thanks again - and useful site too, will keep it in my faves for future reference!