I'd like to move up from a point-and-shoot camera to a sub-$400 starter DSLR -- but which to choose? Details inside.
I have about $300-400 to buy a DSLR camera, new or used; my current camera is a Canon Powershot point-and-shoot. I mainly take off-the-cuff photos of cats, art pieces, merchandise for my ebay store, and friends -- mainly inside, sometimes outside -- along with some macro photography using a tripod and a DIY light tent. I'd love to be able to take landscape photos, too.
The three cameras I've been looking at so far are: a refurbished Canon EOS Rebel XS
, a Lumix DMC-GF3
, and an Olympus PEN E-PL1
I like the idea of a Four-Thirds camera because they're small, and thus make taking quick photos easier -- I'm afraid I wouldn't want to bring the Rebel with me on vacation, for instance. Of the other two, the price on the Olympus is very tempting, but I'm not sure whether it's reflected in the quality of the camera. This'll be my first DSLR, so I don't mind the idea of upgrading later on, but I also want to get something I'll be happy with for at least a couple of years. Other suggestions are fine, too... I'm sure I'm overlooking some options. Your advice is appreciated!
Please assume that I know very little about photography -- a camera that takes decent shots without much manual setting hand-holding would be best, so I could branch out from there.