So I finally bit the bullet and invested in a REAL camera. Shout out to Miss Misfit for the advice. I figured I might as well get myself a graduation gift, albeit a few months early but there was a deal to be had. It was the trifecta of deals: instant discounts, rebates, and cash back, oh and reselling an item, so I guess that would make it the 4 Horsemen of the Purchase.
There is a lot to learn with DSLR's and I'm slowly wading through all of the settings and accessories.
Now I can join the battle: