Hello, everyone! It seems that it's been a while since someone last posted, so, I'll break the silence. Photography is a main hobby of mine; I come to you all totally confused, frustrated, and desperately seeking input.
Basically, I'm getting a new camera (hopefully) soon, and I have no clue on which to choose.
There are a few things I'd focus on while using the camera, in order of importance:
• Macro photography
• Nature photography
• Regular documentary purposes of family and friends
• Possibly video recordings
One model I've been particularly keen on picking is the Canon S5 IS, because from what I've seen and read, it's supposedly very good with macros. But! I'm also drawn to the Nikon D40x and Canon Digital Rebel XTi, which are SLR cameras, and definitely on a whole different level from typical point-and-shoot models. They don't necessarily fare well with macro shots with their kit lenses, though -- thus requiring me to purchase other (rather pricey) lenses.
So, in short:
Canon S5 IS:
• Lesser quality
• Might have a smaller amount of versatility in the long run due to lack of interchangable lenses
D40x, Rebel XTi, or any SLR:
• A bit pricey
• Better quality
• Will be more versatile because of interchangable lenses, but that will come at a high cost
Anyone have advice on which I should choose, or maybe even a different recommendation (under or equal to $600 in price)? All help is greatly appreciated!