Hi everyone I'm thinking of getting my first digital camera. Previously I only use a SLR camera (Nikon F55) which I bought for my photojourn module back in school. So in a sense I have some basic knowledge of SLR photography, but the thing is I seldom shoot using that camera as it's troublesome to take out for casual shoots, plus the additional costs of developing prints. However I love being able to shoot on positives and BnW film, which I did when I have a chance to travel overseas. Sad to say, my F55 is gathering dust nowadays. Plus I didn't really take good care of it (I didn't keep it in a dry cabinet, just inside its carrying case).
Now I'm wondering should I move on to a DSLR. One thing is I want to be able to have control over the exposure and shutter settings etc. Just too used to it, such that when using point-and-shoot cameras I'll feel some form of frustration when I try to adjust some settings but discover I can't. I like being able to work with the lens, creating different depth of fields with the focusing etc, which is something that will be lacking in a point-and-shoot camera too.
However I am afraid that the money I spent on a DSLR will be wasted, like the path of my F55. On the other hand, with the ease of image transfer on a DSLR and numerous shots without fear of wastage, I might be more inclined to make use of my DSLR.
Lenses of a SLR camera is another big problem. They are so freaking expensive. The stock lenses are pretty slow, and not that wide nor telephoto. To really make full use of my DSLR, it is better to invest in lenses and flash. (additional costs)
An SLR camera isn't that portable either. No one will lug it around on a casual outing, and many candid moments may be lost. That is where a point-and-shoot camera will function well. Just fire away and capture the moments.
Sigh... I've been rambling so long.. So to all kind souls over there: what would you do?
What recommendations will you offer me, if a point-and-shoot camera is better suited for my current needs?