i have been using advanced point and shoots for a couple yrs now . i started with a kodak 712is and now with a olympus sp590uz . i love the camera but its a little too automated. i would like to move to a dslr, but i dont have a budget to go to a pro camera and i dont want a beginner dslr either . i dont think that would be much of an upgrade. i would like some advice as to what cameras would be in the intermediate level .also i am leaning towards a used canon . there seems to be many more used lenses for them out there.
You might find the latest Canon G-11 would provide close to dSLR performance with a wide range zoom lens, but still in the more affordable range. I have friends who have expensive Canon dSLR's and a G series; and shoot with it more of the time. The question is do you really need interchangeable lenses to get special functions like Macro, etc. If not the G-11 may do all you want for now.
i plan to keep the olympus and the canon g series doesn't seem like an up grade with the short research i did. yes i would like the interchangeable lenses . i am mostly looking for more manual control over the focus and some other settings .
Then the choice is really how many pixels and how large a sensor your budget can afford. Sorry, I just sold off my full-frame dSLR system with a batch of fine lenses a short time ago. I decided to go in another direction with a 14MPX pocket camera with a single focal length lens.
If you are carrying a Sigma DP series camera, I see your point and agree it is worth going in this other direction. I have had a Sigma DP2 for a couple months now, and I like it very much, especially because it is small and produces images of incredibly high quality.
My Canon EOS 30D still outshines it in low-light environments however (I take photos at church for a regular HD slideshow we run there).
I've heard the Leica X1 excels in low light but it's 3 times the cost of my Sigma!
One tradeoff after another!
The Canon mentioned is fine. but, while looking around, check out the Nikon top-of-line- P series? Anti-shake, moveable LCD, and some other fine features. Good luck
Who makes the sensor chip for the Nikon? Nikon does not make sensor chips.
Word out seems to be Sony: D3x. Seems some on the forefront of technology are no longer around -- or do not advertise. or are held to agreements of non disclosure?
The movement away from being dependent on cameras that look and feel like they are film cameras started a long time ago and faltered very quickly. However the disdvantages of the dSLR model configuration in size and complexity even with the addition of live view, means people are still dedicated to something that looks familiar. But a more efficient design has long been possible and tried. Will it work this go-around is just a guessing game, but maybe there are now enough people in the game that are new to photography and don't have any film baggage in their heads.
I believe you hit it on the head. The new do not have anything of the past to base their decisions. There are only comparisons to make among the latest designs.