Garm wrote:Right now, I've got a Cannon Powershot of some sort that I got maybe four years ago. The problem that I've always had with it is that it takes decent photos of my miniatures. I want something that takes great (or even pretty good) photos of small stuff (32mm). A more recent problem that I've had is that the camera is stupidly slow. My toddler is getting faster so I need a faster camera.
You've actually got two conflicting requirements here.
Digital SLRs use an autofocus technique (phase detection) which is faster than the (cheaper and slightly more accurate) contrast detection technique used by point-and-shoot cameras, so a DSLR is better for taking pictures of your kid.
A point-and-shoot camera tends to have better close-up capabilities and a higher depth of field than any DSLR without a dedicated macrophotography lens. Unless you're willing to spend the money, an average point-and-shoot will do a better job of photographing your miniatures than a DSLR.