I'm a newbie and as photography is one area in technology I'm total nuts about, I am keen to learn more. I have been camping around the forums but not really posting much so this is my first post
Basically I have been reading up about photography techniques, only to realise the compacts I have do not give room for much adjustment. At most I can toy with white balance and exposure, and get used to reading histograms, but that's about it. No aperture settings, No shutter speed settings.
Even toggling the scene modes don't really allows me to learn the skills and intuition needed to compose good photographs manually. It still does nice photos, but I feel I don't learn much (or rather, I don't apply what I learn).
Thus I'm thinking of getting either a Panasonic LX-3, Panasonic FZ-38, or a Canon G11. Of course my budget would be <$700 if possible.
Which of the above (or any other models) is good for me to start off with?
Thanks in advance for all your inputs !