I need a new camera. Does a small camera with DSLR capability exist?
It's time to get a new digital camera, with a vacation coming up and us possibly having a baby within the next year. I don't want to get too special snowflake with my needs, but I'd really appreciate any expertise and advice.
What I'm looking for would be:
-Small, possibly able to slip into a purse with a basic lens on it.
-Great for landscape, portrait, children and macro shots.
-Something I can grow with as a photographer. I'm learning how to do artistic shots and manipulate my camera. I've also started doing the occasional photo shoot for my graphic design work.
-Able to do geo-tagging, even if it's just with an add-on. It isn't necessarily a dealbreaker if it isn't able to do this.
-Able to shoot in video mode. This would be a huge bonus.
In the past I've used a Sony Cyber Shot S85
, which was the best camera I ever had by far. I'd still put its images up against anything else I've tried and would still use it, except for the fact that it uses the old memory sticks and the battery is shot. I switched to a Canon PC1354, which is the crappiest piece of crap ever. I often borrow my dad's Nikon D50, and I like it, but it's huge and heavy to lug around.
My ideal camera would be serious and capable of doing great things, but would also easily convert to a more portable, quick-shot camera.
I've been researching cameras, but then new models came out and now I am very confused. We don't have very many camera stores in this area and I don't trust the guys at Best Buy to sell me what I really want/need. So I turn to you. What would you recommend? I was intrigued by the Olympus PEN
until I watched the promo video and realized it was more of a "mom camera" than I thought. I'd prefer something with options, rather than dumbed-down features.
We'll leave budget wide open for this, but cheaper is always better. I prefer not go to with Canon this time around, but if you have the "perfect" Canon camera for me, then please do recommend it. I'd like to buy it new rather than used, too, and the sooner the better. And if you think I should just get a high-end point-and-shoot and just borrow my dad's Nikon for more serious pursuits, feel free to mention that as well.
Thanks in advance!