after what feels like a rookie crash course in "more than you can take in about cameras"--- yesterday i made the plunge and bought a new one. it is what they call a 'bridge' camera (not a DSLR); it is a Canon PowerShot S5 IS which i purchased from ritz camera store because they have a 10 day guarantee allowing you to return for full refund if you aren't completely happy. i am having a difficult time with my practice shots. most of them are blurry and i haven't been too successful with the zoom. it made me wonder if i had made the correct choice because i wanted a camera i could just zoom, point and click and every snap would be perfect- close-ups and moving objects. ha.
[i've included some snaps that aren't too bad from my practice today. if anyone knows anything about this camera or anything else comparable i should look into - please, please feel free to share- i welcome all information.]so, i trudged (i know it sounds dramatic but i have been to ritz 4 times in as many days-yikes- who has time for this?) back to the camera store with the intention to return this one and upgrade to the DSLR. for the money it seems like a couple hundred dollars more is well worth the difference for the quality and ease it offers. they are bulkier to carry around though. in the end they talked me out of it... saying that for the money, i'd be really happy with this one once i got used to it. they gave me an extension on my return allowance which helps me not feel so rushed in making a final decision.