You really can't buy your way to better pictures unless what you have now is garbage. If you really want better pictures, you need to learn how to get the most out of a camera. A DSLR isn't going to help you if all you want is point and shoot. If all you want is point and shoot, you aren't going to get the picture quality you want. Don't look at a camera like a video card. YOU have to do at least some of the work when it comes to photography. Figure out what makes the pictures you take now look bad and figure out what you need for them to look better.