Hello everybody. This is my first post but I been reading CS forum (on and off).
Facing a dilemma that some of you might have gone thru before. I'm currently using a compact p&c Canon Ixus 800IS. Pretty happy with the outdoor and travel shots but indoor shots are bad (either harsh flash or blur image when I turn off flash).
I am thinking of taking it to the next level (partly also because my first baby is due soon) and produce better photos. So looking at two areas: 1) get a prosumer p&c (eg Canon G10) and do more ps (which I know nuts about) or 2) get a dslr and learn to take better pict and do some ps.
I consulted a friend who is into photography and his advice is just get a prosumer (for me). Reason is: 1) dslr is a huge investment and using only kit lens images might be on par on worse than some prosumer, 2) master ps and can get desired shots from prosumer, 3) probably easier to use a p&s to get shot on kids rather than lug a dslr around.
My other thoughts are 1) since I already have a p&s (though not prosumer grade) getting an entry dlsr might be able to get creative shots (like bokeh), 2) price of entry dslr is pretty close to prosumer, 3) G10 seems slow from review and more suited for landscape and posed photos rather than moving objects (maybe I should look at other prosumer but currently only research on G10).
Usual photo objects are people and travel (though this would be on hold for at least 2 years since baby coming).