Quoted Message: I suppose I di answered myself, essentially...
the issue with the nikon coolpix is the noise I have one and now only use it for portraits and black and white stuff not stock. if you start out with a noisy photo and have to remove the noise you end up with softfocus as sharpening is tricky,softfocus not suited to stock..
springggrove, I'm sure by now you know exactly what camera to buy. The answers seem fitting to such a generic question. As Astormfr mentioned, if you mentioned what you are looking for and for what purpose you would get better help. If you want to upgrade from a compact then you most likely want a DSLR.
Now let me tell you a secret. All DSLRs made in the last 4 years are great. It doesn't matter if you buy a Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus or whatever relatively new DSLR. A good photographer will make great photos with any of them.
If you are on a budget just go for the cheapest entry level camera of the brand you decide on. How do you decide? I suggest you go into a shop, pickup the entry level of each brand, feel it in you hand and change a few basic settings. Take the camera that fits best in your hand and was easiest for you to find the settings you were looking for without thinking too much. If you don't know what settings you will change then just get the one that feels best in your hand or just get the cheapest or get the brand that for some reason you think is the best.
Just know this, the brand you select is most likely the brand you will stay with for many years to come.
Various Nikon Lenses