Looking for a new camera, but I'm a bit overwhelmed. Is DSLR the way to go? Special snowflake details inside...
I'm looking to upgrade my camera for business reasons, but right now I'm so confused about what I should be looking for, so I wanted to ask you, MeFi!
So I currently have a Canon Powershot SD 880 IS
which has been the best camera I've owned thus far. And it's not too bad of a camera, but I still find a lot of limitations with it. I see friends with more powerful cameras getting really nice shots with theirs-- and especially indoors this camera's not that great. (Outdoors during the daytime it's pretty good though, so I'd probably keep it for on the go snapshots) I currently mostly use my camera to shoot indoors-- process photos, products, etc (I'm an illustrator, so I like to share bits of this). The camera I have is okay, but I still have to delete tons of photos off my camera for being grainy or blurry in low light/indoors. (The lighting in my studio is not super bright, as I'm in cloudy/rainy weather most of the time.) I've also been really interested as of late to fool around with stop motion animation, so that's another concern down the line.
Other things I might take photos of: my dog, the outdoors, people, travel (though I don't travel very often at the moment). But I'm not really sure what I need. I've been eyeballing both DSLRs and the micro 4/3s , but I'm certainly no pro photographer so researching is really confusing after a while. What should I be looking for? I don't have a huge budget (been looking at the $500-800 range, but would prefer the lower end of that), but at the same time I wonder if I need something like a DSLR ( I do like the idea of getting one for stop motion so I can get a remote as well) or if there's any amazing simpler cameras that'll fit the bill. I don't mind the potential complexity of learning something like the DSLR (I took a photography class a few years ago with a SLR so I have some beginner knowledge to start), but ideally I'd like to make photography more enjoyable and get a tool I can grow with over time.
So if you can give me recommendations of cameras to look at, or what type of camera I should be investing in (i.e, 4/3rds, DSLR, really awesome point & shoot), I'd love it!
Hope this makes sense (I did read other recent questions but it still was tough for me to figure out what I need), but I'll be checking in to answer any questions as needed. Thanks!