Now that I actually have some money saved up
, I'm trying to decide on which digital camera I should buy. I'd like to keep it under $1,000 for the camera.
Basically, I need something more than a cheap point-and-shoot camera, but nothing so complex that only a professional photographer would need.
I am still an amateur photographer, but I hope to get more experienced, and so I want a camera that I can use to take advantage of various photography techniques, such as zooming in on something in the foreground while blurring what's in the background, motion shots, blur shots, time exposures, etc. I also would like to have a good optical zoom range, and lots of megapixels (3-5). I'd prefer lots of manual features.
I'll be using this camera for aviation photography of course, but also for pictures from the places I travel to, night shots, and up-close shots of various things. I'd be using it for a wide range of purposes, basically.
I'm thinking along the lines of a Minolta DiMage 7, Canon PowerShot G2, or Nikon Coolpix 5000. So if you can make a recommendation among these three, or suggest a different, I would be very grateful. Thanks so much!