Welcome to Steve's. The simple answer is yes the quality is generally quite a bit better with a dSLR, however the ease of use it much much better with a compact.
As a middle ground there are cameras like the Olympus EPL1 do well as they have much better AF than a dSLR when shooting video. If video is high on your list and you don't want to work with manual focus for a lot of it then go compact or EPL1 route.
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