Hi all, it is with some trepidation that I post this question, as I know from other forums I am a member of that requests for advice can be thrown down quickly. I get the reason behind it, and I have done a bunch of my own research before getting to this point (believe me, my wife is getting sick of all the cut-out camera reviews/printouts and so on!).
So, I'm in the market for a DSLR (upgrading from a point-and-shoot). I've read stacks of reviews, guides and so on. Problem is that I have become a bit swamped in info and would appreciate an experienced hand to clear the mist a bit for me. I've put down below what I think are some of the main criteria that I am looking at. Basically, if anyone can help in suggesting some camera models that should be on my shortlist, then I will go away and finish my own research. I basically want to make sure my own shortlist is reasonable. Your assistance would be much appreciated.
(1) Main usage: (i) mostly outdoors (portrait, nature, street), (ii) some indoor (family events).
(2) Usage requirements: (i) handle low-light well, (ii) good quality macro results, (iii) can handle shots of fast-moving young kids!
(3) Other points: (i) I'd favour dials/switches over on-screen menus, (ii) preferably with video but not essential, (iii) basically a good experience for a first-time DSLR upgrader.
(4) Budget: I'm probably going for a 2nd hand camera. The sweet-spot is $700-800 but can go up to around S$1000.
That's about it in terms of what I am looking for and the factors that are driving my purchase consideration. I would really appreciate your replies in naming some models that shld be on my shortlist.
(5) One last question: with 2nd hand cameras, what sort of shot-count can I consider to be beyond half-way in terms of typical longevity?
Thanks again everyone,