Best high-megapixel, high-zoom camera for the photography-challenged to take on wilderness vacation?
We are taking an exciting trip and want to take some great photos while we are there. What camera should I get in order to capture the best images of wildlife, landscapes, and people therein? The following limitations and criteria are relevant:
- I currently have a Canon S2 IS and a Sony Cybershot DSC-T20. I hate the terrible battery life on the Sony and never use it. (I only use the viewfinder on the Canon to preserve the batteries.)
- Point and shoot is about the limit of my knowledge and abilities and is likely to remain so (no the time to take a course). I don't know anything about lenses, F-stops, exposure times, etc. The Canon has a dial with modes and that is about the max I can handle.
- Various sources have informed us that we need "fast film" to shoot animals and at least 20X zoom.
- Image quality/resolution should be sufficient to support large prints: 20" by 30" or more, ideally.
- Budget is $300-$800, although that can be pushed up if necessary. But I can't afford to drop the money for a serious DSLR.
Some cameras I have been looking at:
- Fujifilm FinePix F750EXR
: no viewfinder, nice size though.
- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
: kind of big.
- Nikon COOLPIX P510
: giant zoom, fewer megapixels
- Nikon D5100
: digital SLR, a bit pricey.
- Samsung NX-200
: about the limit of my budget, but sounds like a good lens?
Will any of these meet the needs outlined above? What needs to give, if not?