Post # 1
I currently own a Canon Powershot camera that I got in 2008. It still works alright, but have been really disappointed in some of the functions lately and know I just need to buy a new one.
I would really love to get a DSLR, but have no clue wher to start looking. I do plan on using it for trips, concerts, and for family photos when we begin TTC. I also want to get back into taking photos witha a camera versus my phone, so something compact would also be nice.
With the DSLR, I know there is a learning curve in all the functions – which I do plan on looking in to so I know what most everything means, or what settings work best in specific environments.
Post # 2
Check out the mirrorless cameras such as a Sony NEX. They have interchangeable lenses, controls and quality of an SLR, but the size of a compact (without the lens).
Other than that, you really can’t have a DSLR and something compact enough that you wouldn’t mind carrying day to day. I have a Canon DSLR, if you are used to Canon power shot, the learning curve should be minimal (I usually like to start with auto to see what the camera wants to do – and then adjust from there if need be) and a Canon powershot S something to carry with me day to day. Personally, I need the two cameras. Even as small as the Sony NEX is, it’s just not something I’d want to carry with me everyday.
Post # 3
pinkshoes: Good point about needing two. I’d like to keep my point and shoot, so I guess just getting another camera as an extra one for events that I’d use that instead of the point and shoot would work!
I just heard about these mirrorless cameras, and they seem interesting. We’re going on our honeymoon in February, so I’d love to have something new before then. But, I know my point & shoot would work for that trip just fine.
Post # 4
I have a mirrorless camera as well, an Olympus (epl3). Its small enough to fit in my purse when I think I might want to take pictures, but takes the same quality as a similar canon or Nikon. Controls are more or less the same too, with auto settings if needed. I think they’re great! The only other camera I use is my phone so it is possible to just have one, and I user it like a point and shoot when traveling. I’d look into them.
I’ll also add I have non zoom wide lens so it’s smaller than others, so depending on the lens it might be less convenient to carry around.
Post # 5
If you want something really small, GREAT at low light photos and without interchangable lenses so you aren’t always wanting to spend more money – I love my SONY RX100 ii. It has Wi-fi so I can send the photos straight to my phone and even control it with my phone for better selfies (:P).
It doesn’t take good macro shots though. Just a warning.
Post # 6
I second a Canon DSLR since you already have a Canon point and shoot. I have the Canon t3i, which shoots HD video and has an lcd display that flips out. I think it’s a good beginner camera with all the bells and whistles of a nicer one.
I use it for big events and travelling, and still have a Canon powershot for every day use.
Post # 7
Ditto Everdeen. I have the Sony RX100 as well, and love it! I’ve had a Nikon DSLR for several years that I rarely use because it was too heavy/bulky to carry around often, especially when walking all over while sight seeing. I chose the Sony RX100 because it’s compact, but still has many of the features of a DSLR, so still takes amazing photos.