Hi guys I'm new here and just picked up interest in photography. Currently I own a Canon Ixus 860IS which has served me well since 2008. I've been using the camera mainly to photograph food apart from the casual group photos with friends. You can view some of my photos at http://foodandfrag.wordpress.com/category/reviews/food
I've been thinking of upgrading my camera as I wish to embark on more serious photography, not just food but street as well. I'm not considering a DSLR now because I'm still serving NS and won't have time to practise and master the skills. Also, because I usually bring the camera out during meals, I would prefer a more compact camera.
Hence, my two choices: Panasonic LX-3 and Canon S90. I know this has already been debated before, and I've read a lot of threads and reviews. But allow me to tell you my reasons for upgrading, so hopefully you can guide me in the right direction
I'm planning to upgrade so that I can play around with manual settings and get a feel before I progress to DSLR after ORD next year, and at the same time still get good quality pictures. For food photography, I would need a camera which can perform well in low-lighting since many restaurants are dimly-lit, and I believe the LX-3 does that well. For street, I would like to focus on capturing both people and non-living objects like water, structures etc, and also try some processing in B&W.
On the other hand, the S90 is definitely more compact than the LX-3. And before my Ixus I used a Powershot A520 so I'm quite comfortable with the Canon interface. Haven't tried the LX-3 though.
I also read that the LX-3 can support lenses and filters, which gives it an advantage. But then again, given that I'm just starting out on this project I wonder if spending on these additional stuff would actually be missing the point of 'starting from basics', especially when I do intend to get a DSLR next year. I was quite amazed at the pictures which LX-3 could produce with a kit: http://www.mcgill.com.sg/shop/produc...182030500a533b
My last issue is whether both cams will see an upgrade in the near future, as I'm looking to upgrade during the PC Show when prices SHOULD be a bit more attractive. So far the S90 looks to stay, but I'm not quite sure with the LX-3, especially with its low stocks now.
Thanks in advance for your help!