I am looking to my a new camera. I had a bridge camera but recently sold it as I wasn't really using it a) because it was quite bulky and b because I thiank I had grown out of its features.

I would ideally like a camera that is fairly compact but have manual controls to experiment with as I would really like to get into photography and take artistic pictures of family and landscapes when I go on holiday.

My budget is around 500 which is why i have narrowed it down to

the J1 - with both the 10-30 and 30-110mm lenses
and the D3100 - I think if I have spending 500 should I go for the DSLR but the down side is that it is bulky.

I don't know what to choose I am swaying towards the J1 mainly because it compact but have the two lenses to play with.

HELP and advice needed.