I know the topic has been discussed to death here but I'm still considering between a DSLR and Prosumer. I have read the sticky guides above and they have been extremely informative. Kudos!
For the past 3 years, I have been using the Canon A80 for all purposes - portraits, sports, landscapes etc. I played with manual controls extensively and enjoyed them pretty much. However I'm often disappointed with action photography under low light conditions like indoor stage performance. Images often turned out blurry (no flash) and dark (with flash).
Last month the A80 decided to retire and I have been hunting for a new camera since then. However I faced the dilemma of whether to get a prosumer or go straight into DSLR. Getting a prosumer camera like the Panasonic FZ18 seemed the most natural upgrade. Superzoom is very attractive and full manual controls can let me explore more on photography. However, I'm concerned of the improvement of image quality when it comes to low light action photography stated above. If I still get the same blurry and dark photos, I might as well go straight into DSLR
So, I have an interesting (mad) budget worked out: Between $600 - $3000. My budget can be stretched all the way to 2-3k if I go into DSLR. However being a typical kiasee consumer, I often question myself: Would I be better off spending $600-$800 on a prosumer for a start, or $1000-$2000 on a budget DSLR system, or break bank on a mid-range DSLR system between $2000-$3000?
Would love to hear from fellow newbies who recently entered the DSLR world and experts who can advise me further. Thanks!