Hello(: First post here.
As the title suggests, I'm trying to get myself a prosumer, I have been using a canon ixus i(so long ago!) and occasionally borrow my sister's canon ixus 90.Why prosumer as opposed to entry level DSLR is because I don't think I'm ready to buy into any system yet, I just want to fiddle with things, learn more about photography first before I decide if I really want to commit. I also doubt at this point that I would know what I'm looking for as far as cams and lenses go to make any good decisions. So...
Budget: As low as possible (Haha) though I might be okay with anything up to about 800ish.
Image quality is my main concern. Don't really care much for HD videos and what's not.
I would need it to be able to take clear, sharp, fast candids in dim light conditions ie concerts and parties. I need something wide angle because I'll be taking a lot of architecture/structural(like mountains) stuff as well. In that vein, clear pics of faraway subjects also a must. Clear,sharp macro shots also needed. These are the stuff I know for sure i'll be taking though I might grow to want to take other things as well. I won't be blowing it to anything larger than A4(even A4 sized is rare) so crazy megapixels are for now, not needed.
I need to have control for things like ISO, shutter time, aperture, flash and white settings but I also need a good auto focus for the times where the cam is just going to serve as a PNS.Can the lovely people here suggest what I may need to look out for in terms of specs? Or better yet, a camera.
Poked around a bit and I've got a few questions.
1) What's the difference between a rangefinder type prosumer and a crazy zooming prosumer?
2) Will I ever need to use the electronic view finder? Considering that I can actually see what I'm going to take on the LCD.
3)Can I add on extra stuff ie filters, lenses(fish eye!), flash, anything like that, to have a larger control of what I'm doing.
4)On a prosumer cam that is only used to take pics, is there a real difference between a CCD sensor and a CMOS sensor?
A few models that I think might work out to be what I'm looking for. (Open to other cams as well)
Canon S5, Canon SX10, Canon SX1.
Besides the LCD size, are there any real difference between the SX10 and the SX1? I'm not taking videos so the HD video thing doesn't matter. Would a S5 be good enough? The thing I'm concerned about canon is the noise reduction, it tends to blur out pictures and make them less sharp. Also, from reviews, it seems like anything taken above ISO 200 has significant noise.
Another really fun looking camera is the Sony DSC-HX1 though I'm not sure if it's more gimmicks than anything. The paranomic feature seems like something that I would be using often enough and it looks like it's going to be fast and do reasonably well in parties/concerts conditions. But still, there isn't any test shots so I'm undecided.
If you read till this part, THANK YOU for taking the time.
For anyone that replied, THANK YOU as well.