If your willing to invest in more lens than just the kit, take an online or community photography class, or learn yourself through trial and error(which you'll do a lot of with a class)then go for the XS. I learned with a G-series camera for years and the jump to a DSLR was not that much of a hurdle. It would have been harder had I not played around with the G2 for so long, but you have a point and shoot to fall back on to make sure you get a decent photo.