I shoot alot of sports for the school where I live and work. For that, a DSLR is the only way to go; I also shoot alot of weddings; for that the R1 looks ideal. Why? I do not need alot of tele for weddings, but I often do need alot of wide angle, for which the R1 will serve beautifully. I also need a camera that is very high quality, utterly silent and that I will not have to worry about dust on the sensor. My point is that arguments about "which is better? DSLR vs cameras like the R1" really do not help. The question that does help is: what are your specific needs/desires, and therefore which camera is best for you? For some, the R1 simply does/will not work, but I recommend that you do not therefore assume that it will not work for others. I have used the 828 for the past year and a half and it has served me superbly...as my current Nikon D50 with the Nikkor 70-200 VR also serves me superbly. It is about specific application; anything more vague only confuses things.