First of all, let me start of by saying a hello to the fellow brothers (and sisters) over here at ClubSnap. Virgin post
Have been lurking about the forums for a few weeks now.
My dilemma lies in this, I have always wanted to go for a DSLR but I am an "newbie". Yes, there are entry-level setups or rather, camera bodies such as the Nikon D40 or the D40X for that matter. But i simply lack what it takes in terms of budget as well as large time in maintaining equipment of such high value and fragility.
The intended-to-be-purchased camera will also be used by my parents (who are not tech-savvy by any means) for their overseas holidays occasionally.
I have looked at Prosumer models such as Canon Powershot S5IS (which seems to suit me but was deemed too complicated and heavy by the older generation) and the Ixus 860IS, the latter of which is a compact and provides less manual functions for me to play around with as well as lesser expansion for future add-ons like TeleConverters or Macrofilters. Plus, for the price of the Ixus 860IS it comes very close to that of an S5.
So, are there any other alternatives for the best of both worlds camera? As i would really like to start getting into photography albeit on a cheaper and smaller setup initially.
Are models such as the A650IS capable of being fitted with add-on lenses like the S5?
Hope you all can help me out here. Sorry for being long-winded
P.S I have read the thread regarding "Prosumers, the long and short" by nightmare and it was which i realized DSLR is not my pocket's cup of tea at the moment.